13.06.2017

The correct, satisfactory and adequate securing and stowage of the cargo are of critical importance for the overall safety of the ship's crew, the ship, and the cargo itself. If the cargo is not properly stowed and secured, taking into account the time of the year and the intended voyage, subject cargo may easily get shifted from its original position and start moving, potentially sustaining serious damage and also causing the damage to the vessel and even endanger the human lives.

The content of the present LP Guide is intended to take the readers through some fundamental practical rules that shall be remembered by all people involved in cargo operations during each loafing and securing of the cargo; it clearly describes where they can found all relevant rules and regulations, general industry recommendations and required guidance, as well as the recommended established methods that shall be used for specific cargo items; it also provides readers with the necessary guidance related to the points to remember during the planning of the passage and during the passage itself.

The authors of the volume has set out the fundamentals and give the references to the documents providing the rules to follow. The Guide contains lot of the useful information, e.g. relating to the calculation of the lashings, taken from the relevant Codes, but only those considered essential to make the text clearly understood...

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04.06.2017

The publication was officially released by the UK P&I Club. The Rules contained in this booklet have been formally adopted as per the powers conferred by the Articles of Association of the War Risk Class. The intention of the UK P&I Club is to provide all members of the subject Club with the excess war risk cover of five hundred million dollars excess of the vessel's value which, in turn, is deemed not to exceed one hundred million dollars.

In addition to the above, the Club can also provide the full cover of the primary hull and P&I war risks under the conditions outlined in the present publication. The content of this booklet has been arranged in three main sections followed by four Appendices. The first section of the book is dedicated to the directors and contains the information on the Boards and the Committee members. The second section addresses the managers and provides the contact details of the London agents of the managers.

In turn, the third section contains the Rules. This one is organized in several chapters covering the definitions used throughout the Rulebook, introductory information, Rules applicable to the British vessels and other vessels to which Rule 4.A.1 would apply, detention or diversion expenses, P&I, i.e. protection and indemnity risks, sue and labor, discretionary claims, and all other aspects.

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06.04.2017

Our Loss Prevention Programme

   This publication was specifically released to familiarize the readers with the Loss Prevention Programme of the Club. This risk management programme is combining various effective practical solutions addressing the real life needs of the Club members and their professional experience with the research into the broader issues that are directly impacting on the insurance as well as exposure to claims. The Club is deals with so many claims every year, using the professional experience and knowledge of the claims handlers, lawyers and former seafarers. The insight that has been gained from numerous claims has enabled us to develop and implement a structured approach to the risk analysis, engaging both company managers and ship crew members to take part in and prioritize the risk management processes on board their vessels. Subject methodology is aimed to demonstrate how exactly the major hazards may occur and what measures can be taken in order to prevent them. The development of the straightforward diagrams of the incident causes and their consequences with the crew members, management and Club helps is very beneficial. The transparency of such approach will definitely enable the risk management to be prioritized, reducing the associated risks in today's tough financial times...

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06.04.2017

Cargo Ventilation - Loss Prevention Guide

   The present paper was specifically worked out to familiarize the readers with the Loss Prevention Programme of the Club. This risk management programme is combining various effective practical solutions addressing the real life demands s of the Club members plus their professional experience with the research into the broader issues that are directly impacting on the insurance and exposure to claims. The Club is deals with huge number of claims annually, utilizing the professional experience with knowledge of the claims handlers, lawyers and former seafarers. The insight that has been gained from numerous claims has enabled the Club to develop and subsequently implement a structured approach to the risk analysis, engaging both company managers and crew members of the ships to take part in and prioritize the risk management processes on board their vessels. Subject methodology is aimed to demonstrate how exactly the major hazards may occur and what measures can be taken in order to prevent them. The development of the data diagrams of the incident causes and their consequences with the crews, management and Club helps is very beneficial. The transparency of such approach will definitely enable the risk management to be prioritized, reducing all associated risks in the tough financial times of today...

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06.04.2017

Stowaways Checklist

   Another compact but useful publication - this one is intended to provide readers with the specific guidance to the main steps to be taken for the prevention and dealing with the stowaways. It is really necessary to ensure that the recommendations of the relevant sections of the ISPS Code have been duly implemented, and this particularly relates to the gangways of the vessel as well as the dock areas - this has to be done prior to a vessel's call at the port or at the time of entering the port. All access point on board the vessel should be duly secured. Make sure that one of the crew members has been specifically assigned the duty of manning the gangway and monitoring every single embarking and disembarking person. In some cases additional precautions may be required, e.g. utilization of the CCTV technology. The ramps of the ro-ro ships shall be monitored all the time and all access points located on the deck shall be locked to prevent any unauthorized entry. All expected visitors to the vessel shall be known to the Master and gangway watcher together with the expected arrival time and intended business. They shall all be instructed to report to the gangway watched in the first instance. The ship shall be carefully searched prior to the departure including all areas that are commonly difficult to access or where there is lack of light...

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06.04.2017

Paris MOU New Inspection Regime - Aide-Memoire

   This is a very small, only two-page paper which provides the information related to the relatively newly introduced "inspection regime" of the Paris MOU on PSC in force since January 2011. A new system of targeting vessels was implemented in order to properly determine how often particular ships are selected to be inspected and also replace the existing practice of the previous regime where a pre-determined percentage of the individual ships were chosen for the inspection. This would typically rely on the company performance plus on the ship risk profile. This new inspection regime is imposing completely new master's obligations directly relating to the reporting for every vessel arriving in the ports/anchorages or leaving them in the Paris MOU. The risk profile is replacing the "target factor" which is in place, and implies classification of the vessels into three fundamental categories on the basis of the technical details of ship inspections. These three categories are LRS, SRS and HRS, standing for the low-risk, standard risk and, finally, high-risk ships. The list of criteria used for the subject profile include type/age of the vessel, number of detentions and deficiencies, company performance, Flag and RO performance and other factors...

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06.04.2017

How to Handle Project Cargoes

   The main content of the present practical checklist has been taken from the annex to this Project Cargo Matters publication. The project cargoes commonly require specific attention at the time of their loading and transportation. The expert knowledge in the field of transportation of subject cargoes is necessary for proper planning and engineering of the safe shipment. All associated operations shall be very carefully managed and all responsibilities, toolbox talks and risk assessments shall be agreed well in advance. These cargoes would generally require the specialized ships featuring sufficient open deck space and heavy-lift capabilities, plus some other characteristics. The best choices would be heavy-lift or multi-purpose ships. The bulk carriers are not commonly considered a good option since using these vessels has already led to the numerous cargo damage claims. A good teamwork is a pre-requisite for the successful transportation of the project cargoes. The responsibilities of the parties involved shall be defined and prior agreed. A duly prepared method statement of transportation manual shall also be prepared and agreed. Marine warranty surveyors may also be engaged. The mandatory applicable rules include charter-party requirements, class society rules, Flag state rules, CSS Code and CTU packaging guidelines etc.

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06.04.2017

Return of Calls after Lay-Up

   UK P&I Club publication - Return of Calls After Lay Up - A properly laid ship reduces P&I risks. Club policy on lay up returns - Evidence of safe lay up; Minimum 30 consecutive days; No cargo; Hot or cold variable rate return of calls – determined by the presence; Seamen under permanent contracts; Pro rata; What is the lay up return retention rate? Mechanism of calculation; Seamen risks; Collision, FFO and wreck removal risks; Return of paid premium – not lay up rate; Time charterer and other fixed premium entries; Special survey following six months lay up: notice to Club of re-commissioning; Hot to apply? When should an owner apply for laid up returns? How is the outstanding fourth premium installment handled? What if a claim arises during the lay up period? Can payment of calls be deferred during lay up? Is a ship still eligible for lay up return if the 30 consecutive days cross policy years? Can a ship in dry dock apply for lay up returns? What happens if the ship is moved within port limits? Does a watchmen on board the ship constitute as crew on board? An excellent document with remarkably useful information that will definitely be highly appreciated by all participants of the maritime operations.

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