• Precautions concerning drugs smuggling at...

    Further to the club’s articles on ‘smuggling fines, breach of customs regulations and operational best practice’ and ‘drug smuggling preventative measures’, the local correspondents in Columbia (A&A Multiprime) have published the attached circular on the precautions concerning drugs smuggling.


  • California Gold Rush? – State law increases...

    The civil fine penalty range was altered from USD 5,000 minimum to USD 500,000 maximum, to a doubling of amount, namely USD 10,000 minimum to USD 1 million maximum. Additionally, and more significantly, there was a change to the second tier of fines that could be imposed if criminal charges are brought in such a case, to an amount up to USD 1,000 per US gallon, involving a spill quantity greater than 1,000 US gallons. These increases warranted attention by the marine shipping community, which attempted to ameliorate this legislative initiative. See Gard’s Member Circular 10/2020.


  • Evergreen wins landmark collision case in UK’s...

    It was a clear February night off the port of Jebel Ali, UAE in 2015. The conditions were benign, and visibility was good. EVER SMART, a large container ship owned by Evergreen and insured by Gard, was proceeding up a narrow channel which connects the port with the open sea, in order to exit the port. ALEXANDRA 1, a VLCC, was outside the narrow channel in the pilot boarding area. She intended to pick up the outbound EVER SMART’s pilot and enter the port via the narrow channel. At 2342 local time the two vessels collided outside of the narrow channel.


  • Britannia P&I supports Sailors’ Society...

    Britannia P&I is delighted to announce that, as part of its recently launched BSafe initiative, it is supporting Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea awareness campaign. The campaign was developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis and aims to increase awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues, motivate crew and provide practical support to help seafarers through challenging times.


  • North posts solid renewal results after P&I’s...

    North P&I Club has reported continuing growth in its diversified business lines and solid progress in raising premiums to reflect market conditions and is expecting to see a small tonnage reduction after a planned de-risking exercise.


  • The Standard Club completes 2021 renewal

    The Standard Club has completed its renewal negotiations and is very well positioned to continue to support its members through these unprecedented times. The club has successfully renewed 95% of the expiring portfolio and welcomed a small number of high-quality new members. Many existing members have expanded their entries and in a number of cases consolidated their fleet into Standard from other clubs.



Beware of fishing vessels in Chinese waters

Gard’s correspondent in China, Huatai Insurance Agency and Consultant Service Ltd., recently published a circular warning of an increase in fishing traffic in the Bohai Sea, the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, and the waters north of 12°N of South China Sea as the start of this year’s seasonal fishing ban is approaching. Huatai Circular PNI [2021] 05 of 22 April 2021 outlines the time periods for each location and includes key points from an advisory issued by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Areas.


Prepare for tougher at-berth emissions reductions in California

California’s new regulation “Control Measure for Ocean-Going Vessels At-Berth“ has now been approved by the state’s Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and took effect on 1 January 2021. The new Control Measure replaces the state’s previous regulation on “Airborne Toxic Control Measure for Auxiliary Diesel Engines Operated on Ocean-Going Vessels At-Berth in a California Port”(At-Berth Regulation) and is designed to further reduce the public’s exposure to air pollution generated by vessels berthed at California’s busiest ports. See our alert “California clamps down on air pollution from ships at berth” of 5 November 2020.


Russian Cargo Theft Trends 2020

The joint report published by international freight insurer, TT Club; IMPACT, a digital cargo theft information and prevention exchange and the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA EMEA) details trends in the prevalent modus operandi of thefts and the type of cargo commodities lost within the Russian road freight sector, analysing the data by month and federal region.