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Monthly Web News: December 2018

In December 2018 we reported the following:


Legal issues arising from new bunker sulphur regulations in MARPOL
3 December - F&D Circular 53/2018 about further amendments to MARPOL Annex VI which prohibit vessels from carrying fuel oil with a sulphur content of more than 0.50% m/m have been approved by the IMO. Such measures will come into force on 1 March 2020, after which only vessels which are equipped with Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (i.e. scrubbers), will be exempt from this prohibition.

War Risk Insurance Terms 2019
3 December - The terms for War Risk Insurance for 2019 are outlined in the Marine Circular No. 420/2018.

Protection & Indemnity Insurance Terms 2019-2020
10 December - The terms for Protection & Indemnity Insurance for the 2019/2020 policy year are outlined in the P&I Circular No. 2640/2018.

Freight Demurrage & Defence Insurance Terms 2019/2020
10 December - The terms for Freight Demurrage & Defence Insurance for the 2019/2020 policy year are here outlined in FD&D Circular No. 54/2018.

Member Alerts

Member news from the International Maritime Bureau and ICC
3 December - The latest confidential e-bulletin from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) as well as the December issue of Commercial Crime International is now available for members through the SCOL website (The Swedish Club Online member area).

Singapore Strait territorial dispute
6 December - Owners and Operators may be aware of a recent territorial dispute in the Singapore and Johore Straits, between the littoral States of Singapore and Malaysia, according to The Club’s correspondents in Singapore, Spica Services.

MSS Case December: Lack of communication caused serious main engine damage
7 December - The engineers on the bulk carrier were doing scheduled maintenance on one of the ballast pumps which ended up in serious main engine damage. More about the case in December months Safety Scenario.

New Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships
10 December - The third edition of the industry cyber risk management guidelines, Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships, addresses the requirement to incorporate cyber risks in the ship’s safety management system (SMS).

Coal cargo - additional category
12 December - By 1 January 2019 there will be a supplementary IMSCB (International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code) for cole, according to our correspondent Spica. Then coal will not only be categorized as a chemical hazard cargo (Group B) but will also fall into Group A (liquefaction).

New sulphur 2020 clauses
13 December - The 2020 Marine Fuel Sulphur Content Clause replaces the BIMCO Fuel Sulphur Content Clause 2005 and can be incorporated into time charter parties as of now. The new clause forms an integral part of BIMCO’s Suite of Standard Bunker Clauses for Time Charter Parties. 

New Chinese regulation regarding emission control areas
17 December - Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) issued new requirement regarding emission control areas in Chinese territorial waters to be effective from 1 January 2019.

IMB latest e-bulletin on SCOL
17 December - International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report in their latest confidential bulletin about fraud, law enforcement issues and defaults generally.

Club News

Shipping Podcast: Sofia Fürstenberg Stott, Business Development Manager, Nor-Shipping
21 December - In the 99th episode of the Shipping Podcast we get to meet Sofia Fürstenberg Stott. She is the owner of Fürstenberg Maritime Advisory and Business Development Manager at Nor-Shipping.

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