Here is a unique perfectly illustrated guidance booklet specifically designed to assist the marine surveyors and ship masters worldwide in checking the shipping documentation and make sure that is adequately describes the apparent order and technical condition of the steel when the cargo is loaded.
The publication recommends its readers a set of eighteen standard surface condition clauses supplemented with the sixteen mechanical damage clauses translated into eleven languages. The booklet is also intended to provide detailed guidance related to the inspection of the openings located on the weather deck. Most of the steel products easily rust and bend when they are carried at sea, in particular. The owners and operators of he vessels are usually there on the firing line should the bent and rusted steel cargo arrive at the destination port.
This has resulted in the necessity of the regularly conducted pre-shipment surveys of the steel cargo in order to ensure that the bills of lading and mate's receipts, as applicable, are accurately and clearly describing both condition and apparent order of the steel cargo at the time of taking it on board the vessel. The marine surveyors also look at the weathertightness plus the ventilation arrangements of the holds intended for the transportation of the steel cargoes...
The present official release by the P&I Club specialists is mainly focusing on several specific issues related to the wet cargo. The booklet starts with the intro followed by some statistical data. Then there is the information on the immediate causes and types of damaged cargo collected in the period 2008-2012, followed by the description of the water ingress detection systems, cargo hatch covers and bilge systems together with their maintenance.
Leaking covers of the manholes have also been addressed. In addition, there are several IRCA cases included in the booklet covering the flooding of the cargo holds and leaking bilge valves plus preventive measures to be implemented. The recurring issues noted when analyzing the numerous cases and include leaking covers of the manholes and holds, damaged lines and valves, and also poor condition of the rubber seals. And the main areas of concern were the insufficient experience of the crew members, not paying due attention to the bilge alarms, no proper risk assessment conducted, wrong or inadequate location of the alarm panels, insufficient maintenance and others.
The recommended preventive measures would include placing all bolts and nuts in place and tightening them, checking the completeness of the tightening additionally by two people, providing the proper operating order of the cargo hold ventilators etc.
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.
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...
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.
The officially released U P&I Club publication duly reflecting the organizational changes that took place in the Club as of July 2014, and here is the list of important topics traditionally covered by the publication, apart from the opening introductory chapter, this booklet is providing all required information about the Memorandum and Articles of Association, Nature of Cover, Membership, Right of Recovery; Definitions and Interpretations; Entry and Contribution - Marine Insurance Act 1906, Entry, Special Insurances, Joint Members, Co-Assured, Affiliated and Associated Companies, Fleet Entry, Period of Insurance, Contribution, Provisions Relating to Premiums and Calls, Payment, Laid Up Returns, Release, Non-Payment, Mortgages; Risks Covered; Conditions, Limitations, Exclusions, Warranties; Claims; Cesser of Insurance; The Funds of the Association - Reinsurance, Reserves, Investment, Closing of Police Years; General Terms and Conditions - Forbearance, Assignment, Delegation, Disputes, Differences, Debt, Notices, Jurisdiction; Recommended Clauses; Standard Form Letters of Indemnity; Index to P&I Class Rules. A must-have publication for nearly any member of the international maritime shipping.
The most of content of this paper is mainly intended to provide the industry players with all necessary technical guidance directly relating to the safe loading and stowage, securing and also discharging of the heavy-lifts/project cargoes. It reflects the remarkable results of the creative collaboration that took place between the various departments of the Club and professional marine insurers of the Allianz AGCS supplemented with the expert input provided by the Cwaves specialists.
The was a serious need for the publication of this kind, noting the constantly increasing attention to the insufficient skills and professional expertise and resources... This official UK P&I Club publication will clearly explain what the project cargoes are and why special attention may be required; the authors of this booklet have specifically addressed all relevant shipping industry regulations, plus the applicable rules, codes and guidelines, telling the interested readers about vessel types and their suitability, necessary voyage instructions; other topics include - The cargo and the vessel; Loading/discharge; Stowage requirements and cargo securing; The voyage; Record keeping ad relevant recommendations, plus other publications...
Please have a close look into this practical publications worked out and released by the UK P&I Club specialists with the objective to address a critically important aspect of the maritime industry of today. The document is originally intended for the owners of the vessels and brokers and it was designed to outline the P&I coverage of the vessels in the course of the towage to a ship repair facility. Such towage usually follows a casualty/event that gives rise to a H&M claim; the owners shall ensure that the P&I risks have been fully considered and the process required to maintain the P&I coverage has been clearly understood.