P&I Publications

11.12.2017
FIXED PREMIUM RULES AND CORRESPONDENTS 2017—18

The officially released publication containing the fixed premium rules valid for the 2017-18 policy year. The content of the document is arranged in six sections. The first section provides the information about the Directors of the Standard Club including Europe and Asia, while the second section is devoted to the Managers and gives contact details for the quality management, compliance and risk management, finance and secretariat, and loss prevention directors, surveyors and executives, as applicable, in different parts of the world.

The third section of the volume contains the Rules themselves and is, in turn, divided into several parts covering insurance, scope of cover, risks covered, excluded risks and losses, scope of recovery and associated limits, obligations related to the claims, application and entry, ship standards, risk reviews, insurance period, premiums, general terms, conditions and definitions.

The next section is dealing with the additional covers. The last two sections of the publication address the oil spills in the U.S. and provide all required maps and correspondents. In short, one of the needful and practically useful papers, the one that shall be readily available at all times.

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23.08.2017
STEEL PRESHIPMENT SURVEYS — A GUIDE TO GOOD PRACTICE

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...

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13.08.2017
WET DAMAGE TO CARGO

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.

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08.08.2017
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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05.08.2017
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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04.08.2017
PROJECT CARGO MATTERS

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...

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04.08.2017
POST—CASUALTY TOWAGE

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.

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04.08.2017
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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