30.12.2017
RISK FOCUS — ENGINE ROOM FIRES

This P&I publication is devoted to the fires occurring in the engine room of the vessel. Taking into account a very broad range of fuel and ignition sources existing in the engine room of any ship, it appears quite understandable that this is a place where huge proportion of fires happening on board ships originates. These are maybe the most common types of fires.

In fact, a substantially extended time onboard vessel with no fire incidents could actually lead to complacency which would in turn result in a failure to duly prioritize appropriate fire prevention measures and practices. This paper is intended to provide some information on the shipboard engine room fires.

The material contained in it is arranged in several sections covering the measures to be taken in order to reduce the risk of fire in the machinery room, ignition processes and fire essentials, solid and gaseous fuels, electrical, oil and scavenge fires, incinerators and boilers, fire detection and suppression, visual inspections of the equipment, limiting the spread of fire, QCV, i.e. quick closing valves, shipboard fire safety systems etc. In spite of its compact size, this booklet covers virtually all important aspects and is recommended for familiarization.

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27.12.2017
RISK FOCUS — LOSS OF POWER

This release of the "Risk Focus" publication is specifically dedicated to the power losses. The maritime industry notes the increasing number of the ship engine failures/blackouts. The number of the failures resulted from the power loss eventually led to collection of the relevant data by the risk assessors of the Club; the assessors have subsequently performed a detailed and thorough analysis of about seven hundred claims giving a cause for concern. Quite significant portion of the claims for the third-party damage to the property could actually be attributed to the blackouts or to the ship's main engine failures.

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27.12.2017
RISK FOCUS — THE MASTER PILOT EXCHANGE

Well, the human errors are accounting for nearly sixty percent of total number of the UK P&I Club's claims exceeding 100000 USD. Half-thousand of these claims involved vessels under pilotage. In many cases, the miscommunication on the navigation bridge of the vessel has been considered a major contributing factor.

The vast majority of subject incidents include the groundings and collision, personal injuries, collisions and other. Though some overall decrease was noticed in the average cost of these claims, the average annual cost to the UK P&I Club since 1987 is approximately sixteen billion dollars...

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27.12.2017
RISK FOCUS — CONSOLIDATED 2016

This is a special consolidated release of the "Risk Focus". This issue specifically highlights the enclosed spaces, the master pilot exchange, power loss and moorings, slips, trips and falls, and mental health. The information contained in this booklet will definitely be practical for the ship crew members, operators and owners in their efforts to reduce the number of accidents happening on board vessels. Apart from focusing on the statistics and listing the major reasons of the shipboard accidents, the authors of this book try to analyze what has happened and what measures shall to be implemented to avoid same things in the future.

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19.07.2017
LEGAL BRIEFING — AUSTRALIA TOUGHENS MARITIME POLLUTION LAWS

This nice publication prepared and officially released by the UK P&I Club together with the UKDC is dedicated to the maritime pollution legislation in Australia, and in particular to the very latest amendments in it. Though very short, it still covers such the important topics as the recent changes to Australia’s Maritime Legislation, background and key amendments, Navigation Act 1912 and also Protection of the Sea Act 1983... Another remarkably useful official paper from one of the most authoritative sources on the today's maritime industry providing its participants with the required info.

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19.07.2017
LEGAL BRIEFING — CHINESE MARINE POLLUTION LAWS

The author of this release is Helen Huang, the Claims Executive. The brief contents of the publication is - Overview; Guide to Chinese pollution regulations; Pre-contracting with the approved OSRO; Scope of application; Mandatory insurance and establishing the domestic oil pollution fund; Strict liability and its limitations; Direct action taken against the insurers; Selected articles from the Regulation. Have a look into this compact yet comprehensive release to be in the loop of the latest happenings in the relevant fields of shipping and be updated with the associated regulatory information.

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19.07.2017
LEGAL BRIEFING — POLAR CODE — A NEW REGULATION FOR POLAR SHIPPING

This UK P&I Club publication belongs to the Legal Briefing series and addresses the newly developed and  introduced regulations that are contained there in the Polar Code - the content of the document will be of practical use for all people engaged in the relevant activities.

The paper covers such the important aspects and the regulations themselves, safety measures to be taken, survey and certificates, ship hull structure, shipboard machinery installations, fire and safety protection, life-saving appliances/arrangements, safe navigation, proper communication, voyage planning, manning and training, pollution prevention measures, and application of the subject Code...

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19.07.2017
LEGAL BRIEFING — NEW REGULATIONS FOR THE CONTROL OF SHIPS BALLAST

The present issue of the "Legal Briefing" which is addressing critically important aspects of the environmental law - it's content will be met with interest by the industry since it is dedicated to the recently introduced rules and regulations directly relating to the control of waters commonly carried in the vessels' ballast tanks.

Several articles included in the paper address the efficient/safe management of ballast waters including the applicability of various regulations of the IMO BWM Convention together with the recognized standards and their coming into force, sediment management plus duties of the owners, performance standards, BWM plan/record book, mechanical/physical/chemical treatment and other serious matters.

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