Göteborg: 1 November 2019

Monthly Web News: October 2019

In October 2019, we reported the following;


Hull & Machinery Insurance Terms 2020
16 October - The Hull & Machinery terms 2020 are outlined in the circular No. 425/2019.

Member Alerts

GPS Interference – Eastern/Central Mediterranean Sea and Suez Canal
1 October - The United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued revised advisory as follows; Multiple instances of significant GPS interference have been reported by vessels operating in the Eastern and Central Mediterranean Sea.

MSS Case October: Serious injury during mooring operation
2 October - In the Monthly Safety Scenario Case of October, a new AB is seriously injured during a mooring operation. Lack of communication and no pre-departure briefing were contributing factors to this accident.

Fire risks: Hot work and smoking
4 Ocotber - When doing hot work such as welding the risk of fire increases and the job calls for careful preparations. Our Loss Prevention team has together with experts from Burgoynes highlighted some cases when cargo fires occurred.

How far reaching are the recent Iran sanctions against COSCO (Dalian) and others?
10 October - Latest questions on US sanctions following shipping of Iranian oil and petroleum products contrary to U.S. sanctions.

US Coast Guard issue Ebola virus guidance
14 October - Vessel owners/operators should be alert to the possibility that persons whose travel originated in Tanzania could potentially have been exposed to Ebola virus disease (EVD).

Gulf of Guinea hot spot in latest IMB Piracy report
15 October- Maritime piracy incidents down in Q3 but Gulf of Guinea remains a hot spot according to the International Maritime Bureau, IMB. 

Focus: Weathertightness
17 October - Wet damage on cargo is the most costly claim on bulk carriers with an average cost of almost USD 110 000 (2017). Working with weathertightness of hatch covers and sealing systems is a key factor to avoid wet damage.

Fire risks: Cargo hold lights
31 October - Fixed cargo lights can cause fire or explosions on combustible cargoes such as grain, animal feed, wood chips, pulp and paper. If the light is too close to the cargo, there is a risk of ignition.

Club News

The Shipping Podcast: Patrik Dahlgren, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.
8 October - In this podcast we get to the hear more about Patrik Dahlgren and his job as Senior Vice President, Global Marine Operations at Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. He is responsible for operations in the global cruise company and six of its subsidiaries.

The Shipping Podcast: Inside the IMO
29 October - Learn more about the work of United Nations agency, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) through Frederick J. Kenney, Director, Legal and External Affairs and Linda Ryan, Director Administrative Division.

Out and About

Club After Work with focus on Filipino crew claims
22 October - Claims handlers gathered for After Work on Donsö in the Gothenburg archipelago on 16 October. The Swedish Club correspondents and legal experts from Manila presented some common scenarios regarding Filipino crew claims.

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