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News Alerts

To help keep members abreast of relevant industry news, we add Alerts to our website with information on topical developments from around the world. Please see the latest Alerts below.

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1 May 2009

THE United Nation's World Health Organization (WHO) is co-ordinating the response to the potential pandemic of influenza A (H1N1), which is often referred to as pig flu or swine flu. In addition to Mexico, where the outbreak began, cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. Deaths have been confirmed in Mexico and the US.

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31 March 2009

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) have published a new edition of Piracy The East Africa / Somalia Situation Practical Measures to Avoid, Deter or Delay Piracy Attacks, which provides practical guidance for seafarers faced with potential or actual acts of piracy.

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19 March 2009

Present information suggests that whilst pirates operating out of Somalia remain active, this year has thus far seen a welcome decrease in the number of successful attacks upon merchant ships transiting the Gulf of Aden and surrounding waters.  The reduction in ships held suggests that Somali pirates have the capacity to increase activity again and therefore it would be prudent to maintain preparedness to counter an attack.

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4 February 2009

VENEZUELA is the latest country to come under scrutiny from the US Coast Guard (USCG) in its ongoing project to determine the effectiveness of anti-terrorism measures in foreign ports. According to the USCG effective anti-terrorism measures are not being maintained in Venezuela and a number of restrictions have, therefore, been imposed.

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15 January 2009

THE London P&I Club has warned that the January 8 decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg in the case of Capt Apostolos Mangouras, the master of the Prestige, could seriously increase the risk of bail requirements being influenced by political considerations.

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19 December 2008

Reports on casualties resulting from passage planning problems have featured regularly in the London Clubs StopLoss Bulletin. For example, berth-to-berth planning in StopLoss 38 included a reminder of the advantage of using cross hatching to indicate a no go area on a paper chart. And recently, the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has issued a report which, among other things, highlights the same issue for Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS).

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19 November 2008

An earlier News Alert entitled Demurrage Claims Charterparty Time Bar Reminder reported the decision of the English High Court in Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd v Trafigura AG [2007] EWHC 2482 (Comm) (the Sabrewing) in which the Court considered a charterparty clause which provided that demurrage claims would be time barred unless submitted to charterers, together with ALL supporting documentation, within 90 days of completion of discharge.

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3 October 2008

P&I Correspondent in South Africa and Mozambique, P&I Associates (Pty) Ltd, have today issued a loss prevention alert on self heating / spontaneous combustion problems being experienced with coal presented for loading at the port of Maputo in Mozambique.The Correspondents bulletin is attached but any Member fixed to load such a cargo can obtain further advice either via Alan Reid of P&I Associates (Pty) Ltd on reida@pandi.co.za or via stoploss@a-bilbrough.com.

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30 September 2008

In response to the increased frequency of pirate attacks on merchant shipping, the Coalition Task Force 150 (CTF 150) has established recently a Maritime Security Patrol Area (MSPA) through the Gulf of Aden.

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22 September 2008

SHIPOWNERS and those involved with the maintenance, operation, inspection and testing of Oily Water Separators (OWS) and Oil Content Monitors (OCM) need to be on the lookout for evidence of interference with the proper functioning of the equipment. And US Attorneys Holland & Knight have highlighted a recent United States Coast Guard (USCG) Technical Advisory which seeks to raise industry awareness about the USCGs concerns about a particular OCM.

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