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Alerts 2014

January 2014 - More Flag States Ratify the Maritime Labour Convention 2006

The BE&O P&I would like to bring to the attention of our Assured that there are now increasing number of flag states ratifying the Maritime Labour Convention ("MLC") 2006.

The latest inclusion to the list is Bangladesh which ratified the Convention on 27th January 2014. Earlier in the year Government of the Republic of Korea ratified it on 9th January 2014 and Government of the Republic of Seychelles on 7th January 2014.

To date, the States that have ratified the MLC 2006 represent approximately 80 per cent of the world gross tonnage of ships.

We would also like to reiterate that BE&O P&I cover complies with the financial security requirements under the MLC 2006. More details on this are available on our SOS Circular 2013/11 "Amendments to BE&O standard P&I Cover 2013/2014 with entry into force of the MLC 2006".

Should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

January 2014 - Blending and Production Processes during Sea Voyages - SOLAS Prohibition

The BE&O P&I would like to bring the attention of our Assured that blending of bulk liquid cargoes and production processes during sea voyages is prohibited as of 1 January 2014 under the International Maritime Organisation ("IMO") Maritime Safety Committee's Resolution MSC.325 (90) in May 2012. The Resolution incorporated a new mandatory Regulation 5-2 in SOLAS Chapter VI - Carriage of Cargoes.

The Resolution came as a result of concerns that the physical blending of bulk liquid MARPOL cargoes (biofuels and petroleum fuels) during the sea voyage for the purpose of creating new product blends presents hazards to the safety of the ship and the protection of the marine environment.

Regulation 5-2 - Prohibition of the blending of bulk liquid cargoes and production processes during sea voyages

  1. The physical blending of bulk liquid cargoes during sea voyages is prohibited. Physical blending refers to the process whereby the ship's cargo pumps and pipelines are used to internally circulate two or more different cargoes with the intent to achieve a cargo with a new product designation. This prohibition does not preclude the master from undertaking cargo transfers for the safety of the ship or protection of the marine environment.
  2. The prohibition in paragraph 1 does not apply to the blending of products for use in the search and exploitation of seabed mineral resources on board ships used to facilitate such operations.
  3. Any production process on board a ship during sea voyages is prohibited. Production processes refer to any deliberate operation whereby a chemical reaction between a ship's cargo and any other substance or cargo takes place.

Should there be any further queries please do not hesitate to contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

January 2014 - Security News Flash - To: All Ships Transiting in Indonesian Waters

Following a number of attacks by pirates/robbers on vessels transiting or anchoring in Indonesian waters, the Indonesian Marine Police intend to carry out patrols in order to reduce those attacks. Given their limited assets, the Marine Police have announced that the patrols will take place in the following areas. They advise vessels to stay at or around these coordinates.

1.BELAWAN AT POSITION:03:55.00N-098:45.30E
2.DUMAI AT POSITION:01:42.00N-101:28.00E
3.NIPAH AT POSITION:01:07.30N-103:37.00E
4.TANJUNG PRIOK AT POSITION:06:00.30S-106:54.00E
5.GRESIK AT POSITION:07:09.00S-112:40.00E
6.TABONEO AT POSITION:04:41.30S-114:28.00E
7.ADANG BAY AT POSITION:01:40.00S-116:40.00E
8.MUARA BERAU AT POSITION:00:17.00S-117:36.00E
9.MUARA JAWA AT POSITION:01:09.00S-117:13.00E
10.BALIKPAPAN AT POSITION:01:22.00S-116:53.00E

BE&O strongly recommends that vessels maintain strict anti-piracy watch and take appropriate anti-piracy measure in accordance with BMP5. Also report all attacks and suspicious sightings to the local authorities and IMB Piracy Reporting Centre. The IMB PRC will also liaise with the local authorities to render necessary assistance.

Should there be any further queries please do not hesitate to contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

January 2014 - Caution Urged at Libyan Oil Terminals

Further to the ongoing unrest in Libya, BE&O would like to warn our Assured to exercise caution when fixing oil cargoes from Libyan ports.

It has emerged that the ports of Ras Lanuf, Es Sider, Zueitina and Marsa al Hariga are under the control of the rebels and are considered by the Libyan Government to be held illegally. In recent weeks there have been a number of incidents of shots being fired at the vessels attempting to enter the rebel controlled Ports. As a result, the Prime Minister of Libya has issued a statement warning that any country or company trying to send tankers to take oil from the rebel seized ports without prior coordination/permit from National Oil Corporation ("NOC") will be dealt with by the Libyan Navy. Any tanker coming to load oil illegally will be destroyed or sunk by the Government.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated on any new developments, in the interim, should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance whilst en-route to Libya please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

January 2014 - Alert of Bogus Cargo in Turkey

Following approximately twenty fraudulent incidents over the past eighteen months whereby criminals purported to be ship brokers or port agents and defrauded ship owners in regard to bogus cargo, BE&O P&I would urge our Assured to exercise due vigilance when receiving offers from ship brokers in Turkey.

It has been reported that non-existent cargo is offered to ship owners / managers at attractive rates, generally at a time when their vessel is at a port without a cargo. The type of cargo offered varies from cement, boilers to phosphate. The fraudsters would usually require the owner to pay up front for any stevedore and berthing costs and would insist that their own port agents must be used. Once the money is paid into the Agent's Turkish bank account, they would immediately be withdrawn from the bank and a new account opened for the next victim. Consequently, there will be no cargo waiting to be loaded at the named port and the agent will be non-existent. The fraudsters have a detailed knowledge of the shipping and chartering business as they provide details of previous fixings which are false. If requested, the fraudsters will provide contact details of the alleged charterer, who also is a fraudster, who in turn will assure the victim that all is in order for the deal to go ahead.

Given that sometimes reputable company names are being used (without their knowledge) to perform such fraudulent operations, it is all the more necessary to carry out proper due diligence whilst fixing cargo in Turkey.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated on any new developments, in the interim, should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance whilst in Turkey please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

February 2014 - Environmental Group Protest in the Port of Hobart, Australia

Following several incidents in the last two years when activists from an environmental group have taken action against vessels loading veneer or timber at Hobart, Australia, there is fresh indication that protests against the timber trade might take place again.

In the past, protesters have entered the port using canoes and protested by boarding ships and chaining themselves to the cranes and parts of the superstructure causing a disruption in cargo operations.

As a result of above, in addition to usual security precautions, Assured are encouraged to:

  1. Ensure access points are reduced to a minimum & unnecessary access points are secured.
  2. Maintain strict gangway watch through the stay, including a watch at the bottom at the gangway. Gangway may be raised when not in use.
  3. Vessel's cranes, when not in use, should be parked or overhanging away from the wharf.
  4. Ships crane access to be closed / locked at all times when not in use.

All crew should be made aware that according to Australian law, crew may face prosecution if they exercise violence towards activists attempting to access the vessel. However, they may defend themselves if they feel physically threatened.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated on any new development, in the interim, should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

February 2014 - Changes to Coal Shipments in Colombia

BE&O P&I would like to bring to the attention of our Assured that current Colombia's National Development Plan (Law 1450/2011), which establishes a legal framework for the conservation of marine ecosystems has banned the crane and barge method of loading ships due to pollution this method causes. This method became illegal on 1 January 2014. The Law requires use of a closed conveyor system for loading instead.

Although the Law 1450 has been widely implemented, there are some coal miners which have not yet been able to comply with it.

Assured seeking to carry coal from Colombia should be aware of the position under the local law and should seek to verify in advance how loading is to be conducted in order to avoid potential disputes.

Our Assured should also be vigilant about polluting of marine environments from the entry of cargoes in to sea waters. Regardless whether it is spillage during cargo operations, disposal of cargo residues and washing / bilge waters, or an accident, national authorities will follow up on such incidents and action is likely.

Should our Assured have any further query please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

February 2014 - Impact of Violence in Ukraine on Shipping

Our Assured will be aware that in Ukraine anti-government demonstrations which erupted in November 2013 have now spiralled rapidly out of control in Kiev as well as outside of the capital with more than 100 people dead and 600 injured.

There are fears that the unrest which has caused the Ukrainian steel, grain and other commodity export deals to virtually come to a halt will also affect ports and drive up risk premiums on prices for future shipments. Further, traders state that new deals were proving difficult given that there are concerns of violence spreading beyond the capital to Ukraine's Black Sea ports in the south.

Having said the above, as things stand, the ports of Ukraine are operating as normal allowing goods to leave the country. There are no threats against the vessels / Owners.

On an international front, EU foreign ministers held an emergency meeting in Brussels on Thursday 20 February 2014 and decided to impose sanctions on Ukrainian officials for the deadly violence. Foreign ministers failed to agree on a weapons embargo against Ukraine, though sanctions will include a ban on the export of "equipment which might be used for internal repression". The effect of the Sanctions is yet to be seen once they are implemented. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated on any new development in ports of Ukraine, in the interim, should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

February 2014 - Safe Navigation in Singapore Straight

In response to a number of recent ship collisions in Singapore waters, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore ("MPA") has issued a reminder for the need of safe practices around the Asian transportation hub.

The reminder was issued on 13th February 2013 titled "Importance of Safe Navigation in the Singapore Straight and Singapore Waters" and requires the shipmasters and watchkeeping officers when navigating in these waters to:

a) Maintain vigilance, keep proper lookouts and proceed at safe speed taking into consideration the prevailing weather conditions;

b) Maintain VHF radio watch and listen for regular traffic information promulgated by the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information Service (VTIS) to ensure safety of navigation. The information, advice, warnings and alerts provided by Singapore VTIS are to assist shipmasters in the safe navigation and do not relieve shipmasters from their duties and responsibilities of the ship;

c) Conduct master/pilot exchange of information and passage plan; and

d) Brief bridge team thoroughly on the intended passage.

Shipmasters and watchkeeping officers of all vessels are reminded to fully comply, at all times, with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 and the Port Regulations applicable within Singapore port limits. Failure to observe these regulations may result in accidents, and the responsible parties may also be prosecuted under the Merchant Shipping Act, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Act, and/or the Penal Code.

Should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

February 2014 - Ongoing Labour Dispute in the Port of Nouakchott, Mauritania

BE&O P&O would like to advise our Assured that there appears to be a labour dispute regarding working practices for the importation of sugar affecting the Port of Noukachott, Mauritania.

It would appear that the situation has lasted for two weeks already. As a result, there is heavy congestion in the port and is leading to long delays for vessels and the situation is at a standstill.

Vessels calling at this port should be aware of this issue and its possible impact on planned voyage durations, laytime and demurrage calculations.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated on any new development, in the interim, should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance whilst in/on-route to Port of Noukachott please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

February 2014 - Potential Short Loading of Petroleum Coke at Jose Terminal, Venezuela

BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assured that "Green Delayed Petroleum ("Pet") Coke" cargoes at Jose Terminal, Venezuela may potentially be short loaded.

It is reported that the terminal operators are spraying the cargo with fresh water to maintain the temperature at a suitable level and to prevent auto-ignition while the cargo is stockpiled and during loading. As reported in some cases, the water increases cargo weight by as much as 400 metric tonnes and sometimes the cargo figures provided by the terminal may not take account of the additional water.

Subsequently, at the discharge port there may be shortage of cargo due to the water having drained from the cargo during the voyage. The volume of water can often flood the cargo hold bilge wells, making it difficult for ships' staff to determine accurately the lost weight.

Vessels intending to load "Green Delayed Pet Coke" at Jose Terminal are strongly advised to consider appointing an independent surveyor to perform a draft survey and a precautionary cargo loading survey at the load port and monitor, measure and record the quantity of water that drains from the cargo in order to counter any shortage claims that may arise at the discharge port. Should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

February 2014 - Hong Kong - Low-Sulphur Fuel

The Hong Kong government has announced that it will make switching to low sulphur fuel mandatory for vessels at berth from 2015 - the first Asian port to do so. A draft Bill that requires sulphur content to be no more than 0.5% will be voted upon at the Legislative Council in mid-2014. This would require vessels to make a fuel switch on arrival and complete within one hour until an hour before departure unless the switch risks delay. It is proposed that there will be a fine of up to HKD 200,000 and up to 6 months imprisonment for a breach in the proposed law.

Furthermore, an "Air Pollution Control (Marine Light Diesel ("MLD")) Regulation" will be effective from 1 April 2014, subject to the final approval of the Hong Kong Legislative Council. This Regulation seeks to control the quality of MLD supplied in Hong Kong and, amongst other things, requires MLD to have a sulphur content of no more than 0.05%. It will be an offence for anyone to supply MLD that does not comply with the Regulation. There are fines of HKD 50,000 and 3 months imprisonment for suppliers of MLD who breach the Regulations.

Should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

February 2014 - Power Failure at Richards Bay - South Africa

Our Assured are advised that the power failure which occurred in Richards Bay on 31st January 2014 is causing serious delays to vessels and especially affecting vessels waiting to load coal at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal ("RBCT"). The power issue was resolved on 9th February 2014, however, the week-long power failure has resulted in over 25 vessels waiting at the anchorage. RBCT is expected to clear the export backlog by the end of March.

Assured considering fixing a voyage to load at RBCT may wish to give the above due consideration when negotiating contract terms.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated on any new development, in the interim, should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance whilst in/on-route to Richards Bay please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

February 2014 - Brazilian Reporting System SISTRAM - Implementation Delays

Further to our October 2013 Alert titled "SISTRAM - Brazil Maritime Traffic Information System" there are delays being reported in implementing the new marine traffic information and reporting system.

The system was due to commence from 15th October 2013 and the subsequent delays are due to problems experienced by some vessels whilst accessing the system through on-board internet.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated as things progress, however, should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

February 2014 - Loading Iron Ore Fines in the Indian Subcontinent

In December 2013, the Indian Supreme Court lifted the ban on export of Iron Ore Fines from the Indian Subcontinent. We would like to bring to our assureds notice that reportedly many shippers stock Iron Ore fines in the open and as a consequence cargoes are entirely subject to the weather and in particular Indian monsoon.

The results of cargo liquefaction are not unknown to the industry and we would strongly recommend that Masters should take appropriate precautions whilst loading Iron Ore cargos in Indian Ports. Masters should be vigilant and ensure that cargo is inspected for any signs that it may be above the TML. For example, free standing surface water or spattering if cargo as it lands in the holds with resulting run marks as clear warning signs. In case of any doubts or require assistance we recommend to engage the services of a qualified and experienced surveyor to determine the stability of cargo prior to and during loading.

If there are any further queries on this matter or specific guidelines are required please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

February 2014 - Heavy Fines for Failure to Comply with Georgian Traffic Separation Scheme ("TSS")

Our Assured are advised that a number of vessels trading from Georgian ports have recently been fined for failure to comply with local vessel traffic management schemes. Since 2007 the approaches to Georgian ports have been governed by 'Presidential Order No. 380' "On establishing the traffic separation schemes, separation of sea corridors and maritime special areas in the territorial sea of Georgia". Routes to/from and between Georgian ports are now governed by a series of TSS administered by local Vessel Traffic Services ("VTS"). All movements within these areas are monitored via radar/Automatic Identification System ("AIS") and the Georgian Government reserves the right to issue fines to vessels it deems to be in breach of TSS regulations.

Our Assured should note that the Georgian authorities have been rigorous in the application of fines which range between USD $50,000 and $100,000 depending on the circumstances of the infringement. Therefore, all vessels should adhere to the current local regulations and navigate appropriately within the TSS in order to avoid being fined. Detailed passage planning is essential to ensure that the master and officers are fully conversant with local requirements and that the ship's charted track takes into account the limitations imposed by the traffic lanes and separation zones included in the scheme.

Should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

February 2014 - Benin - Severe Berthing Delays at Cotonou for Rice Vessels

Our Assured would perhaps be aware that in January 2013 the Nigerian Government increased import duty and levy on rice in an effort to stimulate domestic rice production. Following this, in order to avoid the increased duty, rice traders started shipping rice in to Nigeria via Cotonou, a port in the neighbouring country of Benin. Increase of trade through Cotonou has been reported and the amount of bagged rice discharged at Cotonou has effectively increased by almost 800% in the past 12 months.

As things stand, the Nigerian Government is re-considering import duty rates and will probably reduce the duty in order to stop the illicit rice trade via Cotonou. This further complicates the matter as some rice traders appear to be waiting for a decision before committing their vessels to a particular port of discharge in the hope of avoiding the transhipment costs completely.

The two issues have resulted in as many as sixteen vessels loaded with bagged rice waiting for a berth to be available; with long periods at anchorage. According to our market sources, rice vessels may expect a berthing delay of over two months with little prospect of the situation improving in the immediate future. Since bagged rice is a perishable cargo, the possibility that it may deteriorate if it remains on board for a prolonged period cannot be ruled out.

There is very little a vessel can do in practice to preserve the condition of a bagged rice cargo other than ensuring that best practice ventilation procedures are followed until the cargo is eventually discharged.

Our Assureds who are planning to fix vessels to carry rice cargo to Nigeria or Cotonou are hence requested to obtain latest updates or alternatively contact the facility.

In any case, we will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated as things progress.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

March 2014 - Libya Sanctions

Further to our earlier March Alert titled "Libyan Oil Terminal - Tanker Bomb Threat" BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assured that the Libiyan National Corporation ("NOC") have released a statement reiterating that the crude oil and products located in terminals (Ras Lanuf, As Sidrah (Es Sider), Zueitina, and Marsa al Hariga) belong only to them and their legitimate Partners and no other person or entity may transfer title to such crude oil. NOC also stressed that they will pursue all of their remedies to preserve and enforce their rights over the crude oil and hold responsible all parties participating in illicit transactions regardless of jurisdiction.

As a result, BE&O P&I would urge our Assured to be extremely cautious when calling at Libyan ports.

Furthermore, on 19th March 2014 the UN Security Council adopted a Resolution 2146 (2014) imposing sanctions on illegal oil exports from Libya, including authorising the boarding and searching of oil tankers suspected of carrying oil from rebel-held ports in Libya.

The Resolution comes after US Navy SEALS boarded the North Korea flagged oil tanker in international waters southeast of Cyprus earlier this month which had illegally loaded up at rebel-held port in As Sidrah (Es Sider) port, Libya.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated on any new developments, in the interim, should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

March 2014 - To All BE&O Assureds trading in the South of the Indian Ocean

Our assured will be aware of the recent Airline incident where the Malaysian aircraft MH370 bound for Beijing went missing on the 8th March 2014 at 0240hrs (Malaysian time) just two hours after departing Kuala Lumpur. The search for the airline to-date includes 26 countries with a number of air-crafts, vessels and satellites being involved.

The search area has also been extended to the southern Indian Ocean where Australian authorities have identified two floating objects which may be related to the missing aircraft. BE&O P&I would request all our assured trading in the South of the Indian Ocean, to keep a sharp look out and be aware of any possible floating debris. In case of any sightings please contact the nearest Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC).

Should you require any further information on this matter please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

March 2014 - Update on Port Nouakchott, Mauritania

Further to our February Alert "Ongoing Labour Dispute in the Port of Nouakchott, Mauritania", BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assured, as informed to us by our local sources, the conflict between the port labourers and the receivers has now resolved and an agreement was signed under the supervision of the local authorities.

The conflict lasted for over a month and all works in the port resumed on 12 March 2014 without any restriction. However, our Assured should be aware as there may still be slight backlog of vessels waiting to berth.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated on any new developments, in the interim, should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

March 2014 - Oman Insurance Requirements

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that all vessels calling Oman, in particular Port of Salalah, should have a valid insurance policy covering "Wreck Removal" and "Third Party" liability insurance. Vessels failing to produce correct insurance documents or having insufficient cover may be denied entry.

We strongly recommend to our Assured to make sure all documents required by Port authorities are kept ready in advance in order not to delay the vessel schedule.

Should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

March 2014 - Ukraine - The Latest on Port Situation and Sanctions

Further to our Alert of earlier this month "Ukraine - Events in Crimea" BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that the sea ports are continuing to operate in the usual manner. However a number of state institutions, including customs authorities at the ports of Kerch and Theodosia, now recognise the new self-appointed authority in Crimea. Our Assured are advised to seek information from local agents on additional requirements, if any whilst calling Ports in Crimea. Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact us.

As regards sanctions, limited US and EU sanctions have been introduced which are as follows:

  1. On 5 March 2014, the European Union issued Council Decision 2014/119/CFSP and Council Regulation No 208/2014 which provide for freezing of assets and economic resources of, individuals responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian State funds, those responsible for human rights violation and those associated with them.
  2. On 6 March 2014, the United States issued an Executive Order that provides the legal basis for imposing sanctions on individuals and entities who have undermined Ukraine's territorial integrity and especially those who are found to be responsible or have engaged in undermining democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine or threaten the peace, security, stability or territorial integrity of Ukraine.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated on any new developments, in the interim, should our Assured have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

March 2014 - Stowaways in South Africa

BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assured to use caution whilst in South Africa due to recent incidents of stowaways boarding the vessels in the port of Durban. As a result, our Assured are recommended to maintain the gangway watch at all times and that only the authorised personnel comes on-board the vessel holding a valid "Transnet" permit.

We would like to advise our Assured that when an authorised person is found on-board the vessel in South Africa and is declared to be a stowaway by the Immigration officials rather than a trespasser, the responsibility for the costs of dealing with and repatriating the "stowaway" rests with the vessel.

Our Assured are therefore strongly recommended to ensure that a diligent gangway watch is maintained to ensure that all personnel boarding the vessel are carrying a valid "Transnet" permit when calling at South African ports, particularly Durban.

Should our Assured have any further queries on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

March 2014 - Libyan Oil Terminal - Tanker Bomb Threat

Further to our January 2014 Alert titled "Caution Urged at Libyan Terminals", the situation still remains the same. The ports of Ras Lanuf, As Sidrah (Es Sider), Zueitina, and Marsa al Hariga are under control of the rebels to date. The warning of the Libyan Government that they will destroy or sink any tanker coming to load oil illegally is still very much in force.

The latest update is that on Saturday 8 March 2014 Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has threatened to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tries to export oil from a rebel-controlled port. Orders for the arrest of the tanker's crew have also been issued after it docked at the port of As Sidrah which is held by rebel forces. Also, on Monday, 3 March 2014 the Libyan navy ship fired warning shots at a Maltese-flagged oil tanker to prevent it from docking and loading oil.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated on any new developments, in the interim, should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance whilst en-route to Libya please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

March 2014 - Venezuela Unrest

Further to the ongoing unrest in Venezuela against the Government of Nicolas Maduro, BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assured to exercise caution when calling or considering calling at ports of Venezuela.

Although the ports of Venezuela are understood to be stable at present the situation can change at any time. Tensions are mainly reported on the streets of Caracas with some unrest in Merida, Táchira, Barquisimeto and Valencia.

Some transport companies have idled trucks due to the threat of violence as protesters face off against security forces at barricades, especially in the western state Táchira. Others have parked their vehicles in solidarity with the demonstrators. Also, some 1,500 trucks that distribute about half the country's vegetables are stationary in the western city of La Grita, waiting for roads blocked by demonstrators to be re-opened. At least 17 people have been killed in unrest that has posed the most serious challenge yet to socialist President Nicolas Maduro's 10-month-old administration.

BE&O P&I will continue to monitor the situation and update our Assured as things progress, in the interim, our Assured are advised to seek latest advice and assistance from local agents on the ground. We also recommend that ship's crews refrain from venturing ashore.

Should our Assured have any further queries on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

March 2014 - UKRAINE - Events in Crimea

Further to our Alert on the ongoing unrest in Ukraine, the Russian President Vladimir Putin has moved Russian military forces into the Crimea region of Ukraine; a peninsula located on the northern coast of the Black Sea. President Putin defends his actions by stating that the invasion is allegedly to protect Russian citizens.

Following clashes between pro-Russian and pro- Ukrainian protesters on 26th February 2014, the Russian President put his forces on alert along the Ukrainian border. Two days later, on 28th February 2014, the Russian troops occupied key posts, buildings, airports and other assets in Crimea. As a result of the actions, the current situation in Crimea is very volatile and changing on a daily basis.

Airports in the region are closed with no flights landing and taking off. There are two major sea ports in Crimea - Sevastopol and Kerch, as of today there is no news of closure of the two seaports, however, the Ukrainian Coast Guard have withdrawn their vessels from the two ports. There are reports of rapid accumulation of weapons at Crimea-Caucasus ferry point located at the east coast of Crimea. There are also Russian fleet movement reported near to entrance and exit points at Sevastopol Port located on the South West coast of Crimea. The international community has condemned the actions and there are ongoing talks of implementing economic and trade sanctions against Russia.

BE&O P&I would strongly suggest to our assured to take into consideration the above instability and potential volatile situation when fixing vessels to call ports in region. If the assured are in a situation where one of their vessel is in the process of carrying out and fulfilling a contractual obligation to call at one of the above mentioned ports, kindly obtain early and sufficient information on the port operations from local agents. Further, whilst in port, vessels are to strictly comply with ISPS requirements and risk assessments should be carried out should it be necessary for crew to go ashore. If you need any assistance please do not hesitate to contact us. We will continue to monitor the situation and post regular updates as things progress.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

April 2014 - Entry into Force of the Protocol of 2002 to the Athens Convention relating to the carriage of passengers and their luggage by sea, 1974

BE&O would like to bring to the attention of our Assureds that the Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, 1974 as amended by the 2002 Protocol (the "Convention"), has entered into force as of the 23rd of April 2014. To date, seventeen States have ratified the Convention which include: Albania, Belgium, Belize, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Palau, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Serbia, Syrian Arab Republic and United Kingdom.

A key change to the convention includes a requirement, under Article 4bis, on passenger ship carriers engaged in international voyages to maintain insurance that complies with the requirements of the Convention. The insurance requirement is for passenger vessels, which are registered in a State Party to the Convention or calling at or leaving the port of a State Party. Such carriers will also need to obtain a certificate issued by a Party to the Convention verifying that such insurance is in force.

Our assured would recall that since 31 December 2012 passenger ships that are either registered in or trading to or from an EU/EEA Member State were required to obtain evidence of insurance cover in the form of war and non-war "blue cards" and a certificate issued by an EU/EEA State in order to comply with the statutory requirements of EU Regulation 392/2009 on the Liability of Carriers of Passengers by Sea (the "PLR") which is closely modelled on the Convention.

In order to avoid a situation where operators of passenger vessels need to obtain duplicate sets of blue cards; one to comply with the Convention and one to meet the requirements of PLR, there are talks being held in IMO to establish whether Contracting States will recognise certificates issued by EU/EEA States as evidence of insurance required under Article 4bis of the Convention.

BE&O will soon issue a full circular on this matter and also keep monitoring the developments of the Convention. In the interim, should our Assured require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

April 2014 - Banking Fraud in South Africa

BE&O P&I would like to warn our Assured that there have recently been several incidents in South Africa where fraudsters, impersonating a service provider, would write to a principal and advice that their banking details have changed and all future payments should be forwarded to a new account. The impostors will do so using the service provider's letter headed paper together with a confirmation from the new bank account to validate the change.

We should recommend to our Assured that in case they receive similar notifications they should exercise caution and contact their service provider to seek clarification prior to taking any actions.

Should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

April 2014 - Mandatory "Mass Flow Meters" Introduced in Singapore

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that with effect from 1st January 2017, Singapore will implement mandatory adoption of Mass Flow Meters ("MFM") for bunker delivery of Marine Fuel Oil ("MFO") in the Port of Singapore. All new bunker tankers applying for Singapore's harbour craft (bunker tanker) licence after 31st December 2014 will need to be fitted with an approved MFM. In addition, all existing bunker tankers operating in Singapore will have to be fitted with an approved MFM by 31st December 2016.

The MFM system was jointly initiated in 2009 by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore ("MPA") and SPRING Singapore which is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry responsible for helping Singapore enterprises grow. The idea behind the introduction of MFM system is to enhance transparency, increase productivity and minimise human error and illegal bunkering activities.

To assist the industry to offset a portion of the cost of the mass flow meter system adoption, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore is offering a lump sum incentive of SGD80,000 (Approx. USD $63,000) for each existing bunker tanker delivering marine fuel oil in Singapore port. The incentive will be given out upon MPA's approval of each fitted mass flow meter system.

Should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

April 2014 - European Health Insurance Cards for Crew in the United Kingdom

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that in order for European crew members to obtain free medical treatment in the United Kingdom under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2011 (as amended by the Overseas Visitors Charging Regulation 2013) it is now necessary to have in place a European Health Insurance Card ("EHIC").

The United Kingdom will no longer accept a passport to determine eligibility for free treatment of European nationals and before such free treatment is provided, an EHIC will be demanded by the health care trusts to collect the costs incurred for treatment from the reciprocal EU country.

Under the circumstances, it is important that European crew members obtain an EHIC card from their home government prior to joining vessels calling United Kingdom.

Should our Assured have any further queries on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

April 2014 - Libya - Further Update

Further to our March Alerts "Libyan Oil Terminal - Bomb Threat" and "Libya Sanctions" BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that two of the Libyan oil terminals have reopened after rebels agreed partially to lift their oil blockade in an agreement reached with the government.

Libya's Minister of Justice, Salah al-Marghani, confirmed that control of Zueitina and Hariga terminals is back in the hands of the government with two remaining ports (Ras Lanuf and As Sidrah (Es Sider)) to reopen in the coming weeks.

Under the agreement, the government will pay compensation to the rebels, drop charges against them and cease its threat of a military aggression. In turn, the protesters are banned from returning or obstructing work at the ports.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated on any new developments, in the interim, should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

April 2014 - Phosphine Gas Crew Injuries

BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assured that there has been a number of accidents and injuries to crew members resulting from release of highly toxic phosphine gas caused by the unsafe disposal of residues of aluminum phosphide following the fumigation of cargoes in-transit.

These accidents have occurred during and after discharge of the cargo, sometimes caused by a failure to follow written advice provided by fumigation contractors at the load port.

The Master should exercise his discretion as to carrying out in-transit fumigation and should be aware of the regulations of the Flag State Administration with regard to in-transit fumigation. The application of the process should be with the agreement of the Port State Administration.

If the crew is to dispose of waste, they should do so in accordance with manufacturer's instructions, or instructions provided by the fumigation contractors at the load port. The crew should also make sure that fully reacted residue is safe for disposal at a suitably approved site. Waste containing un-reacted material is classed as a hazardous waste and will require special care, and deactivation before disposal.

Our Assured may seek guidance on in-transit fumigation of cargoes and safe disposal of aluminium phosphine residues in the IMSBC Code as well as IMO Circulars 1264 and 1396.

However, should our Assured have any further queries on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

April 2014 - Argentina Custom Fines

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that the customs authorities in Argentina are now enforcing the "Argentinean Customs Code" regarding the accuracy of customs declarations in a rigorous manner.

It would appear that heavy fines are being imposed and the items seized if the vessel is boarded by customs search, gangs who discover that the shipboard stores, chemicals, spare parts, bunkers or other items have not been declared fully or contain any discrepancies. Where seizure is not practical, as in the case of bunkers, the Customs authorities may impose the demand for cash guarantees as calculated by the customs authorities and set twice over the market value.

Most recent cases indicate that the lub oil in the sump tank of the main engine also had to be declared. It is considered as customs infringement if lub oil is not declared, even though, the oils in the main engine are considered as constant on the vessel. Furthermore, there have been instances where the lub oil was ordered to be discharged within 48 hours and placed in storage in a proper depot for the account of the vessel. If not so discharged, then the owners were made to put cash guarantee more than a double over the market value.

Such guarantees may take time to arrange and would also have to be placed in local Argentinian currency, at an account provided by the Customs Authority. The process of both arranging the guarantee, and later taking the guarantee funds out when the case is resolved, can be very time consuming and may come with currency fluctuation risks.

BE&O P&I would therefore urge our Assured to pay close attention to ensuring that their customs declarations are accurate. It is also recommended that the master should send a completed customs declaration to the vessel's port agent prior to arrival so that any errors or omissions can be identified and rectified before berthing.

Should our Assured have any further queries on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

May 2014 - Nationwide Curfew Imposed in Thailand

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that as from 22 May 2014, the Royal Thai Army has taken control over Thailand. The Army has also announced a curfew from 22:00 to 05:00 hours every day until further notice.

It has been reported that all ports in Thailand are operating as normal during the curfew hours. However, some delays or disruption to operations in general as a result of the current situation in Thailand may take place.

Individuals are not to leave the port compounds during the curfew period from 22:00 to 05:00 hours daily. Those exempt from the curfew restrictions are:

  • Travelers entering or exiting the country;
  • Workers on shift duties at factories, hospitals, airlines, etc.;
  • Transportation of sensitive goods, cold storage factory, import & export of short life cycle and sensitive products; and
  • Individuals conducting essential business, i.e. patients. Prior permission from the military authority in charge of the respective area(s) for such individuals must be obtained.

Our Assured are advised to seek latest advice and assistance from local agents on the ground. We also recommend that ship's crews refrain from venturing ashore.

BE&O P&I will monitor the situation and inform our Assured once we have further update, however, should our Assured have any further queries on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

May 2014 - Paris and Caribbean Memoranda of Understanding - CIC

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that Paris Memoranda of Understanding ("MOU") has launched a Concentrated Inspection Campaign ("CIC") on "Rest Hour Compliance" for a period of three months commencing from 1 September, 2014 to 30 November, 2014. We would recommend our Assured to review their Work/Rest hour requirement practices and to ensure compliance.

At the same time, the Maritime Authorities of the Caribbean MOU on Port State Control ("PSC") will launch a CIC on 1 September, 2014 until 30 November, 2014 with the purpose of ensuring compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2 and the International Code for Fire Safety Systems ("FSS").

Our Assured should expect that during regular PSC inspections selected items will be inspected in more detail for compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2 and the FSS Code, including; the fire safety plan, fire control measures, drills, crew awareness, and other applicable documentation to name a few. Port State Control Officers ("PSCOs") will encompass below points amongst others relating to documentation, equipment, and crew familiarisation, namely:

  • Fire Control Plan (Fire Fighter's Outfits and Emergency Escape Breathing Devices);
  • Portable extinguishers;
  • Automatic audible alarm;
  • Fire protection systems and firefighting systems;
  • Maintenance plan on board;
  • Crew competence on location and operation of the firefighting systems;
  • Sprinkler system test;
  • Visual and audible fire signal initiations at the control panel, on the bridge or control station;
  • Maintenance of the lighting in escape routes;
  • Emergency fire pump;
  • Isolating valves of the fire main;
  • Whether the witnessed fire drill was satisfactory.

Our Assured are advised to keep their vessels well maintained and ensure that the crew is suitably prepared for above inspections.

Should our Assured have any further queries on the above, please contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

June 2014 - Bunker Sampling Issues in Argentina and Brazil

BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assured that there have been several incidents reported with regard to breach of bunker sampling procedures in Argentinian and Brazilian Ports. The vessel receiving bunkers cannot determine the origin, quality or even the quantity of the bunkers supplied.

It is reported that the receiving vessel crew were not allowed to take soundings of the barge tanks. They were only sent photographs showing the alleged barge meter level before and after the bunkering.

Further, the crew of the bunker barge refused to witness, take samples and sign the labels of samples taken during bunkering by the receiving vessel.

BE&O P&I will continue to monitor the situation, in the meantime, should our Assured require any assistance when en route to ports of Argentina and Brazil or have any further queries, please contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

June 2014 - Ukraine - New Legislation for Vessels Arriving from Crimean Ports

BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assured that Ukrainian Government has enacted a new legislation No.1207-VII "On Assurance of Rights and Freedoms and Legal Regime on the Temporarily Occupied Territory of Ukraine" whereby Crimea is considered to be a temporarily occupied territory.

As a result, vessels on a voyage from Crimean ports to any port in Ukraine need to obtain special permission and documentation for crossing the Crimea-Ukraine border not to be in breach of the legislation mentioned above. Although calling ports of Ukraine after visiting a Crimean port is not officially prohibited, the procedures for entering /departing these territories have become extremely stringent and rather complicated.

The consequences for non-compliance with the new legislation are not clear and can vary from penalties on the ship by way of detention or on master and crew by means of fines and imprisonment.

Accordingly, BE&O P&I would warn our Assured temporary against planning any voyages to Ukraine following call to Crimean ports. That said, our Assured should carefully check the latest situation with the local agents and/or Customs Authorities and make every effort to comply with the laws and practices of above mentioned ports.

BE&O P&I shall continue to monitor the situation and update our Assured should there be any more developments. In the meantime, should our Assured have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

June 2014 - Nigeria - Port Security

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that Nigerian Ports Authority ("NPA") will not allow vessels which are not compliant with International Ship and Port Facility Security ("ISPS") requirements to berth at the nation's ports. Given the issue of piracy and armed robbery in the region, as of 12th June 2014, vessels berthing in Nigeria must now meet a national ship security plan that is equivalent to Level 2 of the ISPS Code.

Nigerian Ports of Apapa, Tin Can Island, Rivers, Onne, Calabar and Delta will be equipped with new security equipment such as CCTV systems, X-Ray machines and security scanners, as well as a number of waterfront patrol boats and computerised port gates. Such equipment will allow a meticulous level of control in deciding who is granted access into these Nigerian ports and is expected to be in place before the end of September 2014.

Should our Assured have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

June 2014 - Nigeria - Armed Guards on Board Vessels Alert

BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assured to ensure use of the appropriate security services whilst operating in Nigerian Exclusive Economic Zone ("EEZ"). Currently there are three different agencies providing security services in the region, their areas of operation are as follows:

  1. Territorial waters and EEZ are understood to be solely controlled by the Nigerian Navy. The Navy does not provide or permit armed guards on merchant vessels regardless whether their services have been obtained via an agent or a Private Military Security Company ("PMSC"). The offshore oil export Terminals are also patrolled by the Nigeria Navy or private security.
  2. The Delta is regulated by the Joint Task Force ("JTF"), a combination of navy task force and police, in Nigeria. JFT arranges transit of supply vessels up the Bonny River to Port Harcourt.
  3. Lastly, the "riverine" areas, ports and harbours out to the fairway buoy are patrolled by the Nigerian Marine Police and Police.

Our Assured should be aware that due to the disputes between the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Marine Police, the Nigerian Navy has started to arrest/detain vessels with armed guards on board even those provided by the Nigerian Marine Police. Hence, in order to avoid undue delays and liabilities our Assured are requested to strictly follow local security regulations.

We shall continue to monitor the situation in the region, in the meantime, should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the following;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

June 2014 - Oman - Sultan Qaboos Port to Stop Trading

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that 31st August 2014 will be the deadline for receiving container, cargo, vehicle carriers and other vessels carrying project material at the Sultan Qaboos Port as informed by the Minister of Transport and Communications of Oman. All such commercial activities will shift to the Sohar Industrial Port.

The above deadline has been issued as a result of Royal directives of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to convert the Sultan Qaboos Port into a cruise terminal to boost tourism into the country from January 2015.

The last four months, namely from 31st August 2014 until 31st December 2014 will be allocated to clearing all goods from the warehouses and yards of Port Sultan Qaboos.

Our Assured are therefore advised to make all necessary arrangement in respect of above and should there be any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

June 2014 - Licence Revocation for Bunkering at Private Jetties - Malaysia

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that the Government of Malaysia has cancelled licences for bunkering and wholesale of petrol and diesel at all private jetties with immediate effect.

The licence revocation came in a bid to mitigate abuse of subsidised petrol and diesel in particular at private jetties. The Malaysian Government will also suspend the licence of any petrol station operator found to be involved in abusing sale of subsidised fuels.

Ministry of domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism has announced a six-month freeze on applications for wholesales of diesel and petrol and opening new petrol stations until December 2014.

Our Assured are advised to check with their suppliers prior to proceeding to Malaysian ports whether they are still able to provide fuel oil, alternatively, our Assured should seek to make appropriate arrangements.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated as things progress, in the interim, should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance whilst calling at Malaysian ports please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

June 2014 - Indian Merchant Vessels required to respond to Indian Navy/Indian Coast Guard on VHF CH 16

It was recently reported by Indian Headquarters, Western Naval Command, not all Indian Flag vessels respond to calls made on VHF Channel 16 during the coastal surveillance by Indian Navy/Indian Coast Guard ("IN/ ICG"). This surveillance by aircraft/patrol vessel is a routine procedure performed by IN/ ICG to ensure maritime safety and the security of the coastline.

We kindly request our Assureds operating Indian Flagged ships to respond to all communication calls received from IN/ICG aircraft and units on patrol duties.

Should our Assureds have any further queries, then please contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

June 2014 - Entry into Force of November 2012 SOLAS Convention Amendments

On 1 July 2014 the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea ("SOLAS") will be amended with the following:

  1. New SOLAS regulation II-1/3-12 will require all new ships constructed on or after 1 July 2014 to be compliant with the "Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships", which sets out mandatory maximum noise level limits for machinery spaces, control rooms, workshops, accommodation and other spaces on board ships in order to reduce on-board noise and to protect personnel from noise. Vessels of 1,600 GT or over will be subject to the Code.
  2. Amendments to Regulation III/17-1 require all ships (other than Ro-Ro ships) to have specific plans and procedures (to recover persons from the water) as well as guidelines for such plans and procedures will also become mandatory. This requirement will be applicable to cargo vessels of 500 GT and above and passenger ships regardless of size constructed (having their keel laid) on or after 1 July 2014, and to existing ships by the first periodical or renewal safety equipment survey after 1 July 2014.
  3. SOLAS regulation II-2/10 on firefighting is amended to require a minimum of duplicate two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus for each fire party for fire fighters' communication to be carried.
  4. Regulation II-2/15 on instructions, on-board training and drills is amended to require an on-board means of recharging breathing apparatus cylinders used during drills, or a suitable number of spare cylinders.
  5. Regulation II-2/20 on protection of vehicle, special category and ro-ro spaces amendments and made related to fixed fire-extinguishing systems.
  6. Amendments to the appendix to the SOLAS Convention replacing all forms of certificates and records of equipment, including its 1988 Protocol, and amendments to the forms of the Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate and Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate of its 1978 Protocol.

Our Assured are encouraged to review their responsibilities in relation to the above and should there be any further queries or require more details please do not hesitate to contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

July 2014 - Landing of Stowaways at Dakar - Senegal

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that the Senegalese Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Authority have issued a Circular dated 2nd July 2014 which prohibits landing of stowaways at the port of Dakar unless it has been proven that the stowaways boarded the vessel at a Senegalese port.

Should a vessel not follow the above rules, the Ministry reserves the right to sanction such vessel.

Our Assured are strongly recommended to ensure that the crew is alert to risk of stowaways whilst calling any port in the region. Further, a diligent gangway watch and record should be maintained at all times to ensure that only authorised personnel come on board the vessel. A stowaway search should also be carried out prior to departing the port.

Should our Assured require any further information or clarification on the above please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

July 2014 - Ukraine Closes Crimean Ports for International Shipping

BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assured that the Government of Ukraine issued a Decree No 255 "On Closing of the Sea Ports", which entered into force on the day it was officially published, namely 15th July 2014. The Decree states that ports located on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, namely, Evpatoria, Kerch, Sevastopol, Feodosia and Yalta shall be closed by Ukraine for international shipping.

Ukrainian Port Authorities claim that navigation and transport in or around Crimean ports has been attributed with a "high level of risk" and cannot be vouched for navigational safety.

However, Russian Federation issued a letter to the International Maritime Organisation ("IMO") stating that "the actual compliance was taken up on their part with the measures aimed at ensuring continuous international shipping in the Black Sea, in the sea areas off the coast of Crimea and in the sea port of the Crimean peninsula, including navigational safety measures and protection of the marine environment against pollution".

The practical implications of breaching the Ukrainian ban on calling Crimean ports is unclear, but could result in detention and/or fines, as well as criminal charges against Master, crew and owners.

We shall continue to monitor the situation in the region and shall update our Assured once we have further information on the above, in the meantime, our Assured are advised to seek latest advice and assistance from local agents on the ground if en-route to Crimean ports.

Should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

July 2014 - Update on Sanctions in Ukraine

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that following annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol EU Council Regulation 692/2014 has been issued and applicable as of 25th June 2014.It prohibits import into the EU of goods originating from Crimea or Sevastopol and provision of financial assistance. For contracts concluded before 25th June 2014, the above prohibition will be applicable as of 26th September 2014 provided that the notice of at least 10 working days is given to the authorities for execution of such contract.

The Regulation is applicable within the European Union ("EU"), on board any vessel under EU jurisdiction, to EU nationals either inside or outside the EU territory, to any person or company inside or outside the EU territory incorporated under the laws of the Member State or any business done wholly or partially within the EU. The Member States shall prepare the rules on penalties applicable to the Regulation infringement.

Should our Assured require further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

July 2014 - Current Port Situation in Iraq

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that due to the developing conflict situation in Iraq there are reports of delays for cargo discharge operations, particularly with respect to grain and project cargoes arriving in Iraq. This is due to cargo operations being undertaken only during the day light hours as trucks are at higher risk of attack when travelling during the night.

Currently, there are no reports of fighting near any major ports of Iraq, however, bearing in mind the above and the situation in general, we would strongly recommend our Assured to seek latest advice whilst fixing vessels to Iraq.

BE&O P&I will monitor the situation and inform our Assured once we have further update, however, should our Assured have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

Alerts 2013

January 2013 - Amendments to SOLAS - Lifeboat On-Load Release Mechanisms

Following a number of the tragic incidents during lifeboat drills which have caused injuries and in some cases fatalities, IMO's Maritime Safety Committee amended regulations to SOLAS in relation to lifeboat release hook mechanisms. The amendments entered into force on 1 January 2013.

It is now a requirement that lifeboat on-load release mechanisms, not complying with the new International Life-Saving Appliances Code, are to be replaced no later than the first scheduled dry-docking of the ship after 1 July 2014 and in any event before 1 July 2019.

Assureds are reminded to ensure compliance with the amendments to SOLAS within the timeframe indicated.

Please see the IMO website for further information.

Should there be any queries on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the following;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

January 2013 - State of Emergency and Curfew in Suez Canal Area

Egypt has been declared as a State in emergency due to the on-going disturbances in Cairo, Port Said, Suez, Ismalia and Alexandria, some of which have been violent, resulting in several fatalities. Our assured are to note that, given the curfew status for the next 30 days, it is highly recommended NOT to carry out crew changes in the ports affected by the curfew.

Further, Suez Canal transits at the moment have not been affected and the canal is running normally. However, given the situation, we would advise caution whilst transiting or calling above mentioned ports.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our assured updated as things progress, in the interim, if our assured have any further queries on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the following;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

January 2013 - The British European and Overseas P&I - General increase for the year 2013

The Policy year 2012 - 2013 has seen the 100 year anniversary of the Titanic with not much to celebrate and was a somewhat reminder to all to continue to strive harder towards safer seas. Apart from the effects of large claims on policy making and improving procedures in shipping companies, the knock on effect has massively impacted on the increased insurance costs, specially, re-insurance costs which most marine insurance companies are facing. The British European and Overseas P&I ("BE&O P&I") is also experiencing the strain of increased re-insurance costs and after much thought a 5% general increase is hereby announced across the board for all renewals.

We do understand that this increase will be a bitter pill to swallow for our all our assured and particularly when the shipping market is not at its best. However, BE&O P&I do consider the increase essential with increase being will be applied with due consideration to Loss records. We will continue to provide our assured with an excellent Loss Prevention and professional claims handling service and continue striving to safeguard our assureds from facing large undue claims.

Based on the above, we look forward to discussing renewals with our assured during their renewal.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

January 2013 - Medical Equipment On-Board

Following the high number of personal injuries on board vessels and with the view to maximise the level of first aid assistance, the Panama Maritime Authority has advised that Flag and Port State Control ("PSC") surveyors on Panamanian jurisdictional waters shall verify the on-board existence of medicine chests, medical equipment and guides, whose specifications shall prescribe and be submitted to periodical inspections. They shall take into account the number of persons on board, the type and the nature of the vessel, destination and duration of voyage.

The surveyors shall ensure the control of labels, expiration dates, conditions for the conservation of medicines and the corresponding prospects, as well as the proper functioning of the equipment.

Further, when a non-medical person holds the responsibility for medical care he must have satisfactorily completed a medical first aid or medical care training in accordance to the requirements of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers, 1978 ((STCW, 1978); Rule VI/4; Section A-VI/4, Paragraphs 1-6). Their training should be based on the content of recent editions of the International Medical Guide for Ships, the Medical First Aid Guide for Use in Accidents Involving Dangerous Goods, the Document that will serve as guidance for the training of Seafarers and the medical section for the International Code of Signals.

The BE&O (BE&O P&I) strongly recommends that our assured ensure that they comply with the above requirements in order to avoid fines and /or detentions upon PSC.

Should our assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

January 2013 - The British European and Overseas P&I - Now a designated insurer by the Indian Government

Further to our Alert of November 2012 on this matter, we are pleased to inform all our assured and business partners that The BE&O has now been approved by the Government of India as a designated insurer under Rule 2(e) of the Merchant Shipping Act (Regulation of Entry of Ships into Ports Anchorages and offshore facilities).

This approval will allow all vessels with a valid certificate of entry from the BE&O P&I to be permitted to enter Indian waters and call at all Indian ports falling under the Indian Acts, 1908 and the Major Port Trust Act, 1963, subject to, the vessel being entered with a valid Classification Society and the vessel complies with other provisions of Indian Laws.

Please note that the standard notification of 48 hours prior to arrival to the Indian port is still required.

Further, the class requirement still applies as provided under the Rules - which require all Non IACS classed vessels to seek prior approval from the Director General of Shipping for clearance. It should be noted that this is a requirement for all vessels, irrespective of who their P&I Club / insurer is.

Should our assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the following;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

January 2013 - Revised Marpol Annex V in Force as of 1st January 2013

Further to our 'The Compass' Autumn edition article on 'MARPOL ANNEX V and Waste Minimisation', our assureds are reminded that The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships ("MARPOL") Annex V has come into effect from 1st January 2013.

In addition to the revisions as pointed out in our above mentioned newsletter, the new regulation places an obligation on Shippers to declare to the receiving port whether the dry bulk cargo is harmful to the marine environment ("HME" cargo). If it is, then the cargo-hold washing used to remove cargo residue after unloading must be discharged into port reception facilities. Cleaning agents designated as harmful must also be declared. Non HME washings will, however, be allowed to be discharged in specially designated areas more than 19 kilometres (12 miles) from shore.

The Assured should be aware that these changes to waste disposal rules may prove difficult to meet due to the lack of reception facilities at smaller ports. Such inability to comply may also give rise to PSC detentions. The British European and Overseas P&I Facility (BE&O P&I) recommends that proper due diligence on port facilities should be carried out whilst fixing vessels to carry HME cargo.

Our Assured should refer to revised Marpol Annex V simplified overview of the discharge provisions.

Should our assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

February 2013 - Shipments of Iron Ore, Iron Ore Fines and Iron Ore Lumps from Indonesia Alert

The British European & Overseas P&I (BE&O P&I) strongly advises that our Assured contact us if they are contemplating fixing shipments of Iron Ore from Indonesia. As per market sources, recently there were incidents where shippers in Indonesia presented cargo declarations which describe cargo as Group C Iron Ore (a cargo that is not likely to liquefy as classified in the International Maritime Organization's Solid Bulk Cargoes ("MSBC")) however, upon testing samples of the cargo presented for loading, it has been noticed that the cargo in fact belonged to Group A (a cargo liable to liquefy if the moisture content exceeds the Transportable Moisture Limit ("TML")).

In case our Assured are in any doubt as to the authenticity of the cargo declaration or any of the details provided therein when Iron Ore, Iron Ore Fines or Iron Ore Lumps cargoes are to be loaded in Indonesia, they should contact BE&O as soon as possible for advice on the way forward and also if independent testing be considered necessary, to determine the true nature of the cargo to be loaded and its suitability for carriage.

Should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

February 2013 - Counterfeit Admiralty Nautical Charts and Admiralty Publications

Our assured should note that the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office ("UKHO") has warned of an increase in the number of counterfeit versions of Admiralty charts and publications in circulation. This issue has to be given due importance and consideration whilst sourcing new charts and publications given the grave dangers posed to the safety of vessels, crews and cargoes by the use of such counterfeit nautical charts and publications.

It should also be noted that counterfeit documents do not satisfy the carriage requirements of the International Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea ("SOLAS"), as they have not been issued officially by or on the authority of a Government, authorised hydrographic office or other relevant government organisations. Their carriage may also fail to satisfy (and may be contrary to) the laws of Flag State Authorities and Port State Control, as well as increasing the safety risk for vessels, crews and cargoes.

The UKHO has published a simple guide to identify genuine Admiralty products.

Significant points from the guide are that genuine nautical charts will bear the Admiralty "Flying A" water mark within the paper which can be seen by holding the chart up to the light. Every genuine Admiralty Chart carries a 'thumb label' strip on the reverse of the chart that contains the Admiralty logo, the chart number, the geographic area featured, a barcode and date. Further details can be seen on the above mentioned link.

Should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the following;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

February 2013 - Pointe Noire, Congo - Oil Pollution at Berth

Our Assured are advised that due to a pipeline having been struck during dredging operations in the Port Pointe Noire, Congo in September 2012 the port waters and fenders have been polluted with oil and the pollution problem is still on-going.

Given that there is no concrete action being taken by the authorities to clear the oil slick, vessels calling at this port continue to have their hulls contaminated and the Assured could face additional hull clean-up costs.

We strongly recommend that our Assured instruct their Masters to issue a letter of protest in regard to this problem and have it signed by the Port Authorities to protect them from any contamination liability during the vessel's stay in Port.

Should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance whilst calling at this port please do not hesitate to contact the following;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

February 2013 - Bauxite Liquefaction

Our Assured are advised that there have been a number of instances of bauxite cargoes liquefying recently, given the large proportion of very fine material being present in such cargoes.

Bauxite is listed in the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code ("IMSBC") as a Group C cargo (a cargo not known to liquefy or possess a chemical hazard) and the characteristics mentioned for this cargo in the code are:

  • Moisture content between 0% - 10%; and
  • 70%-90% lumps of sizes varying between 2.5 mm to 500mm and 10%-30% in powder form.

However, if the Bauxite cargo to be loaded has a large proportion of fine particles it could be susceptible to liquefaction and even more so if the cargo in question is exposed at the onset to additional moisture content (heavy rainfall), which will cause the cargo to contain more than the usual amount of moisture content.

In view of the above, it is essential that the cargo to be loaded must be stored properly and fall within the parameters of the moisture content and size description as given in the IMSBC Code. Should this not be the case, it could be perceived as a bauxite cargo that is not listed in the IMSBC Code and in order to ship such cargoes, it is advised that the requirements of Section 1.3 of the IMSBC Code - pertaining to cargoes not listed in the Code be complied with.

Should our Assured have any queries on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

March 2013 - State of Emergency and Curfew in Suez Canal Area Update

Further to our January Alert on State of Emergency and curfew imposed by the Government of Egypt due to the on-going disturbances in Cairo, Port Said, Suez, Ismalia and Alexandria, British European & Overseas P&I (BE&O P&I) would like to inform our Assureds that the above 30 day curfew has now been removed.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated as things progress, in the interim, if our assured have any further queries on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the following;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764
There are no alerts for April 2013

May 2013 - Piracy Alert - Gulf of Guinea

Incidents of pirate attacks have dramatically increased over the last few months in the Gulf of Guinea. During one week alone there were four reported incidents of piracy in four consecutive days. The nature of these attacks have been very serious with one vessel sustaining damage from gunfire, a crew boat being hijacked, master and three engineers been kidnapped from the third and the fourth vessel being chased by a pirate boat for more than one hour before aborting the attack.

In light of these increasing pirate attacks, the BE&O facility strongly recommends that all vessels frequenting the Gulf of Guinea maintain vigilance and observe all anti- pirate measures such as, but not limited to:

  • Razor fencing on the railings and bulwarks on main deck (Port/ Starboard)
  • All exterior doors to be kept secured or locked.
  • Fire main pressurised with fire hoses ready for immediate use
  • Double watch on the bridge, using at least 2 radars (if fitted) to ensure even small echoes are detected.

If there are any further queries on this matter or specific guidelines are required please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

June 2013 - Ghana Port Authority Fine for Landing Stowaways in Ghana Ports & Stowaway Precautions

From the 19th April 2013, Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority have begun imposing fines on vessels which land stowaways at the port of Takoradi to the amount of US$1,000 per stowaway.

Our Assured should take all practical steps to prevent stowaways from getting on board their ships in the first place, but if they unfortunately do manage to get on board, they should be disembarked as quickly as possible. Persons found hiding on ships before departure are technically not stowaways - they are simply trespassers. Hence, if they are detected whilst the ship is still in port, it is relatively easy to disembark them. For this reason it is advisable to conduct a thorough search of the ship before leaving the port limits in compliance with the Safety Management System and / or Stowaway Checklist, if provided, particularly when trading to ports known for a high frequency of stowaway boarding.

Further, after departure it is advisable to repeat the search efforts for stowaways. If a stowaway is found and the vessel is still within a close distance from the port where stowaways boarded, the best option would be to return to the port to disembark the stowaways.

In spite of taking all precautions, if a stowaway is still discovered, notification should be given to the British European & Overseas P&I ('BE&O'), the authorities at the port of embarkation and the vessel's flag state. The Port Authorities at the vessel's next port of call should also be informed in all cases.

In cases where stowaways remain on board for extended periods of time, it is advisable to collect evidence to prove that they have been treated humanely. Periodic photographs of the stowaways' quarters and the stowaways themselves should be taken and saved. If possible, video recordings taken at regular intervals can also be used to prove that adequate care has been given. There have been cases where such recordings have protected seafarers from false accusations made by stowaways claiming to have been abused.

Our Assured should note that the risk of stowaways in Nigerian Ports has increased, in particular cases involving stowaways found on board ships that have called at Lagos. Our Assured with vessels at or on passage to Lagos are advised to ensure that the crew is alert to this increasing risk.

Should our Assured have any further queries or require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

July 2013 - Gabon - New Regulations for Shipments

The Gabonese Standard Body ('AGANOR'), which is a public administrative institution, has implemented a Pre-Export Verification of Conformity ('PROGEC') Programme. PROGEC is involved in a conformity assessment and verification procedure, which is applied to goods/products at the respective exporting countries, in order to ensure their compliance with the applicable Gabon Technical Regulations and Mandatory Standards or approved equivalents.

The purpose of the new programme is aimed at ensuring quality of products, health and safety and environmental protection of Gabon. The new system was enforced from 5th July 2013 with a grace period until 1st October 2013; allowing exporters to familiarise themselves with the new requirements. Intertek has been appointed as the sole Global Agent to operate the PROGEC program and issue a Certificate of Conformity ('CoC'). In order to obtain a CoC, exporters must complete a Request for Certification and submit it along with supporting documentation to the regional Agent's office with responsibility for the exporting country to meet their own expense.

As of 1st October 2013, all shipments arriving in Gabon without a Certificate of Conformity ('CoC') may be denied entry into the country, or may result in long delays coupled with financial penalties. Our Assured accepting cargoes for Gabon are therefore advised to obtain confirmation from the exporters that they are familiar with the new regulations and will comply with them.

Should our Assured have any further queries or require more information please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

July 2013 - Bauxite Liquefaction from Indonesia

Further to our February 2013 Alert in which we informed our Assured about liquefaction dangers of bauxite cargoes, it should be noted that bauxite cargoes coming from Indonesia could possibly be facing liquefaction problems.

According to market sources there is a practice in Indonesia where water cannons are used to wash bauxite fines and lumps through sieves in mines in Indonesia. By adopting this process, not only moisture content of the cargo exceeds the transportable moisture limit but also the lump size reduces and such cargoes, if loaded, can potentially be a dangerous shipment.

Our Assured are advised to pay attention when loading bauxite cargoes in Indonesia, to the shipper's cargo declaration - that the cargo matches the description in the declaration form and size description and moisture content correspond.

Should our Assured have any queries on the above, or require more information please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

July 2013 - Togo Added to Joint War Committee's "Hull War, Terrorism, and Related Perils Listed Areas" Listed Areas

Following the recent series of attacks on shipping off Lomé in the Gulf of Guinea, the Joint War Committee ("JWC") met on 12th June 2013 and agreed to add Togo to the list of areas for Hull War, Piracy, Terrorism and Related Perils listed areas.

As defined, the War Risk area for a named country shall include their coastal waters up to 12 nautical miles offshore, unless specifically stated.

Georgia, Balikpapan (SE Borneo) including waters out to 25 nautical miles and Sumatera, north eastern coast between 5° 40' N and 0° 48' N have now been removed from the Listed Areas.

The complete list of named countries and ports is available on further request.

Our Assureds are requested to notify the Facility immediately if any of their vessels intends to call Togo.

Should the Assured have any further queries or comments please contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

July 2013 - Fraudulent Crew certificates

Following recent investigations conducted by MAIB into a grounding case off the Scottish Isle of Bute last year, two senior staff members of the crew were found to be in possession of fraudulent Panama seafarers certificates. Both crew members were found to have fake Panamanian certificates of competence that also overstated their qualifications.

During investigations by MAIB, it was also discovered that there are currently training centres in Panama that were working with fraudulent organisations in Turkey to issue fake certificates.

In light of this problem, the BE&O P&I Facility advises our Assured that ensure that proper due diligence is done when hiring crew. It would also be advisable for the Assured to closely monitor the training of crew members in order to assess levels of competency.

In case our Assured are concerned about fraudulent seafarer certificates, or any other fraudulent certificates, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

July 2013 - Shipments of Iron Ore from Ukraine Alert

Further to our Alert of February 2013 on shipments of Iron Ore from Indonesia, the British European & Overseas P&I (BE&O P&I) strongly advises that our Assured contact us if they are contemplating fixing shipments of Iron Ore from the Port of Yuzhny, Ukraine. As per market sources, recently there were incidents where P&I Surveyors have been refused access to the port where cargoes of Iron Ore concentrate (Group A cargoes in the "IMSBC" Code) are being loaded.

Further, there are reports that cargo of Iron Ore concentrate recently presented for loading at the Yuzhny Port had been rejected when the cargo showed moisture content in access of Transportable Moisture Limit ("TML").

Access for surveyors appointed by Shipowners to assist their Masters in overseeing the loading of these cargoes at this port had been possible in the past but, due to the above scenario, it seems that this has been disallowed in terms of the withdrawal of yearly passes to these surveyors by the Port Authority. Surveyors are still allowed only on a case-by-case basis or by application on a per-vessel basis.

Should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

August 2013 - Umm Qasr Port on high alert

On the 17th August 2013 a 'sticky' explosive device was placed on a truck entering Umm Qasr Port, Iraq. The device exploded near berth 15 causing injuries to four people, heavy damages to a nearby warehouse and hull plating damage to the vessel at berth 15.

Following the above incident, the port security has been stepped up, however, BE&O P&I would strongly recommend all vessels calling at Umm Qasr Port to keep strict vigilance whilst in port and comply with ISPS at all times.

Furthermore, as updated by our local correspondents, there is a block on all private vehicles entering the port. Those entering the port will require a police clearance and once inside the port will have to travel on foot. Reportedly, a car entry system is also in the process of being put in place with one car permit for each company.

BE&O P&I will continue to monitor the situation and update our Assured as things progress.

Should the Assured have any further queries on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

August 2013 - Suez Canal - State of emergency declared throughout Egypt

Further to our previous Alert, 'Suez Canal - Random inspections', BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assureds that the 'Interim' President of Egypt, Mr Adly Mansour has as of the 14th August 2013, declared a state of emergency throughout Egypt. A curfew is in place in fourteen Egyptian cities on a daily basis from 1900hrs to 0600hrs the next day.

We have received updates confirming that all Egyptian ports are well secured, including the Suez Canal. Banks in the country are operational as well as Government offices and Customs are working normally.

However, given the current volatile situation, we would advise all ships calling at Egyptian ports to maintain a constant security watch throughout their stay. Furthermore, we would strongly recommend that crew changes are kept limited and to only take place during daylight hours. Delays can be anticipated due to the curfew in place.

BE&O P&I will continue to monitor the situation and update our Assured as things progress.

Should the Assured have any further queries on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

August 2013 - Argentina - Custom Authorities to determine method of cargo measurement

BE&O P&I would like to inform our assured that the Argentinean Custom Authorities ('Customs') will now decide the method to be used to determine cargo quantity imported or exported from / to Argentina. According to a 'Resolution General 3506' issued by the Federal Administration of Public Revenue ('AFIP') of Argentina, the Customs will choose between the systems of either shore scale or draft survey (tank survey in case of liquid cargoes) and their decision will be available once the cargo destination is presented.

We have been informed that the above mentioned resolution was passed in order to mitigate the frequent disputes that result from discrepancies between ship and shore figures upon completion of loading or discharging.

The implications of this system remain to be seen. However, it should be noted that the vessel can appoint an independent Surveyor registered with the Coast Guard Authorities. This independent surveyor can sign the relevant Custom forms with the right to insert remarks. We would strongly recommend the appointment of such surveyors.

In any case, should our Assured require further information on this matter or assistance whilst calling at Argentina, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

August 2013 - Suez Canal - Random inspections

The British European and Overseas P&I ('BE&O P&I') would like to advise our Assureds of high alarming tensions and regular reports of civil unrest in various parts of Egypt, following the Egyptian military's overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in early July 2013.

Vessels calling Port Said for the purpose of transiting Suez Canal are being subject to random inspections by the Navy. The aim of the inspections are reportedly to ensure that no weapons or illegal cargo passes through the Suez Canal, ensuring both the Canal's and ships' safety during transit.

Assureds scheduled to call at Port Said and due to transit the Suez Canal should be aware and prepared to present their vessel, papers and documents for random inspections by the Egyptian navy/Suez Canal Inspection Committee.

It should be noted that delays and significant fines may be imposed on vessels/masters that refuse to cooperate.

BE&O P&I will continue to monitor the situation and update our Assured as things progress.

Should the Assured have any further queries on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

August 2013 - Joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) On Propulsion and Auxiliary Machinery

The Maritime Authorities of the Paris, Black Sea and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding ('MoU') on Port State Control ('PSC') will hold a three month Joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign ('CIC') from 1st September 2013 until 30th November 2013, in order to ensure compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-1 and in particular safety of propulsion and auxiliary machinery.

The scope of the CIC includes inspecting the working order and maintenance of the main engines, auxiliary engines, auxiliary equipment and their related alarm systems. Furthermore, the CIC is aimed at verifying that the Master, Officers, Engineers and other crew members are familiar with equipment, that they have received proper training for carrying out their duties and that proper documentation is in place.

Port State Control Officers ('PSCOs') will be guided by a questionnaire of 12 selected items in order to check the aforementioned areas.

Our Assured are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the CIC criteria prior to the campaign date, to keep their vessels well maintained and ensure that the crew is suitably prepared for the above inspections.

Should our Assured have any further queries or require more information please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

August 2013 - Tug Boats and Barges Guide

A respectable number of Tug Boats and Barges are currently insured by The British European & Overseas P&I ('BE&O P&I'), the number of which is ever increasing.

It has come to light that the annual number of incidents involving tug boats boarded by pirates / robbers has shown an upward trend within the last few years. As a result, BE&O P&I feels the need to bring to the notice of our Assured the Guidelines against Piracy and Sea Robbery for Tug Boats and Barges as obtained from the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia ('ReCAAP') and Information Fusion Center ('IFC').

ReCAAP is the regional government-to-government agreement to promote and enhance cooperation against piracy and armed robbery in Asia and IFC, based in Singapore, was established in 2009 to be the regional maritime information hub, to enhance maritime situation awareness and provide early warning triggers and actionable information to cue timely regional response.

The inherent characteristics and activities of tug boats and towing barges such as; their low freeboards, slow speeds (on an average between 8-10 knots), small number of crew onboard the tugs, most often unmanned barges with cargoes, make these vessels highly vulnerable to attacks from robbers or pirates.

The purpose of this guide is to capture tips, guidelines, reporting procedures and contact details for tug boat owners; operators and crew in avoiding hijacking and robbery onboard tug boats and barges. The guide contains input and experience of tug boat owners, operators and masters whose vessels had been robbed or hijacked and modus operandi of the robbers and hijackers. In planning a passage, the guide highlights the responsibilities of the ship owner, ship master and crew at the various phases: the pre-sailing, sailing and post incident reporting/follow-up phases.

As individual states may have their own respective guidelines and policies against piracy and armed robbery against ships, this guide serves as a supplementary tool to owners, masters, crew and authorities with tips to pre-empt an attack, counter the attack and investigate the attack for the purpose of prosecuting the perpetrators. However, it shall in no way bind any owners, masters and crew should they deem that these guidelines do not apply to them in parts or in total.

The Guidelines can be found here.

Should the Assured have any further queries on the Guidelines, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

September 2013 - Hyundai Lifeboats Co. Ltd Faulty Lifeboat Release Hooks

A recent lifeboat incident has highlighted a fault with lifeboat release hooks manufactured by Hyundai Lifeboats Co. Ltd of South Korea ('Hyundai'). The incident happened during a routine lifeboat drill. The aft davit became detached from the hook even though the hook had not been released. Fortunately no member of the crew was injured in this accident.

Hyundai has managed to identify the design fault in the mechanism and is now offering to replace the release mechanism on all lifeboats of similar design that are still in operation. Shipyards which have fitted such lifeboats on vessels will be contacting respective shipowners in due course.

In the interim, we would advise our Assured to check their lifeboat brand, if it is 'HDL71 CTA'; kindly ensure that the lifeboat is not lowered into the water for test purposes until the hooks have been rectified.

Should there be any queries on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

September 2013 - Syria Update

Further to recent developments in Syria and the impending UN/US action which may occur against Syria for the alleged use of sarin nerve gas in a chemical attack outside Damascus, the BE&O P&I Facility would like to inform our Assureds that due to the escalated risks that are now surrounding the area, not to mention the existing UN/US sanctions which are in place and which were highlighted to our Assureds in our Alerts of May 2011, July 2011, January 2012 and May 2012, that any vessel trading with Syria or vessels entering Syrian waters will be in breach of their existing P&I cover and thus shall not be covered for any P&I risks. The BE&O P&I Facility also reserves the right to cancel cover from inception immediately.

Should our Assureds have any further queries on the above, please contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

October 2013 - Increase In Migrants

There has been a recent increase of undocumented migrants seeking refuge in the Mediterranean region, especially Greece and Italy. Tragically these incidents have led to many migrants losing their lives at sea, for example on 11th October 2013, 33 Libyans perished when a vessel capsized between Malta and Lampedusa.

Due to the increase in undocumented migrants, the European parliament have voted in favour of setting up a real time reporting system which will start before 2014, the system is called the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) and they shall use satellites and ships, as well as other data reporting systems to detect irregular activity and cross border crimes at EU borders. Initially the system will be limited to the Mediterranean, South Atlantic, Canary Islands and the Black Sea.

18 EU countries will start using EUROSUR on 2nd December 2013, with other countries following suit 1st Jan 2014.

EUROSUR is a pan-European border surveillance system which has three main objectives:

1. Reduce the number of irregular migrants entering the EU undetected.
2. Reduce the number of deaths of irregular migrants by saving more lives at sea.
3. Increase the internal security of the EU as a whole by contributing to the prevention of cross-border crime.

Further, BE&O P&I would like to reiterate our earlier advice which was in the circular of 2011/01 of our recommended "Procedures and Actions to be taken by the ships masters", should any Ships masters be involved in a rescue at sea where there are refugees, asylum seekers or illegal migrants involved. The article is available here.

If there are any further queries on this matter please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

October 2013 - SISTRAM - Brazil Maritime Traffic Information System

In adherence to the requirements and recommendations issued by the International Convention on maritime search and rescue, as well as the International Convention for the safety of life at sea (SOLAS), the Brazilian Navy has developed an electronic system called SISTRAM ("Sistema de informacoes do trafego maritime" / "Maritime Traffic information System"). SISTRAM will be effective from the 15th October 2013 and will oversee the movement of merchant ships in the area of Brazilian search and rescue (SAR) responsibility.

The system obligates all vessels sailing under the Brazilian flag and any charted vessels by Brazilian shipowners to report routes and navigation facts from all over the globe to SISTRAM. Vessels that are sailing under other flags and that are not chartered to Brazilian owners have been only invited to report routes and eventual occurrences whilst sailing in Brazilian jurisdictional waters (200miles from coast); however, they are obligated to report routes and navigational information whilst sailing within the Brazilian Territory (12 miles from coast).

Reporting procedures and types of messages are similar to most reporting systems i.e. voyage report, position report, deviation report and final report.

Should there be any queries on the system, reporting formats, reporting frequencies or any other matters please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

October 2013 - Guidance to Vessels Transiting the Suez Canal

Further to our January Alert on state of curfew imposed by the Government of Egypt due to numerous disturbances in various ports, BE&O would like to inform our Assureds that the security level was raised to "extreme emergency" following the attack on "Cosco Asia" on 31st August 2013 whilst transiting the Suez Canal.

As a result of this, our Assured may benefit from the below list of recommendations in order to reduce the risk of passing through the Suez Canal.

  • Prior to transit the latest advice and guidance should be sought from local agents on the ground.
  • Ships transiting the canal should minimise shoreside interactions and to ensure the canal pilot team and riding gang are confirmed and identified prior to boarding.
  • The pilot ladders should be utilised only on the western side of the vessel (northbound rig on port side, southbound rig on starboard side) as the recent attack is reported to have occurred from the eastern side of El-Sharqiya.
  • Review and familiarise crew with all emergency procedures - ensure the crew is familiar with all emergency procedures and in a high state of vigilance.
  • Crew are advised to stay off deck unless necessary, use ballistic film for windows if available and wear protective clothing when on bridgewings.
  • Consider posting extra look outs in secure locations - try to keep the crew away from non-ballistic glass-like windows.
  • Review your vessel's ISM procedures and ensure International Safety Management Code ("ISM") procedures don't compromise crew safety.
  • Serious consideration should be applied to employing Best Management Practice 4 ("BMP") or continuing to apply for the canal and outside the pirate waters.

Our Assured are requested to notify BE&O P&I immediately if any of their vessels intend to call Egypt. Should the Assured have any further queries or comments please contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

October 2013 - Philippine Enforcement of AIS

Following a fatal collision between a General Cargo vessel and a Ro-Ro vessel of Cebu in mid-August this year, the Maritime Industry Authority of Philippines are planning to enforce the installation of AIS ('Automatic Identification System') on every domestic vessel. This mandatory AIS requirement will first be enforced for all vessels calling at Cebu and gradually introduced for all domestic vessels.

Until now, domestic vessels were not required to have AIS on the assumption that their crew were familiar with local waters and channels. The Philippine Authorities are reported to be drafting a circular encompassing the above requirement.

The BE&O P&I Facility will continue to monitor the situation and update our Assured as things progress.

Should there be any queries on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

November 2013 - ITF Inspectors / Thieves in UK Ports

BE&O P&I Facility would like to advise our Assureds of the latest 'scam' that has come to our attention following information reported by vessels calling at UK ports.

Reportedly, there are incidents where intruders have managed to board vessels while pretending to be ITF Inspectors. Following the boarding, clearly they had a good understanding of the vessels' layout, enabling them to sneak into private areas looking for valuables and easily get away with large amounts of money and personal effects.

We would like to remind our Assureds to strictly comply with the ISPS Code arrangements on their vessels to ensure at all times that unauthorised visitors are not allowed on board.

BE&O P&I Facility will continue to monitor the situation and post updates, should there be any further development.

Should our Assureds require further information on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us at the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Anna Hien Email: anna-hien@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0) 907 134 179

November 2013 - Cargo Liquefaction - Loading Bulk Ball Clay from Malaysia

Following two recent incidents involving cargo liquefaction of grey ball clay loaded in Malaysia, it has come to light that the Flow Moisture Point ('FMP') of this cargo can exceed the Transportable Moisture Limit ('TML'). Our Assured are therefore strongly advised to contact us for assistance before fixing shipments of this cargo.

The International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code ('IMSBC') contains a schedule for clay, describing it as "a light to dark grey product which is usually moist but not wet to the touch comprising of 10% soft lumps and 90% soft grains". The IMSBC also states that the cargo should be kept as dry as practicable, should not be handled during rainfall and that the moisture content of the cargo should be kept as low as practicable to prevent the material from becoming sticky and difficult to handle.

Although the schedule for Clay classifies it as Group C (i.e. a material which has no chemical hazards and is not likely to liquefy), recent laboratory tests carried out on a spot sample of ball clay from Lumut produced the FMP, indicating that the material was Group A and likely to liquefy if shipped with a moisture content exceeding the TML. The moisture content of the sample tested was almost 9% higher than the TML.

Vessels due to load ball clay in Malaysia are strongly advised to notify BE&O P&I beforehand so that a local surveyor can be appointed to identify the location of the cargo, check the shipper's cargo documentation and carry out "can" tests on representative samples of the cargo before and during loading.

It is also worth stressing that loading should not commence until the shippers have provided a cargo declaration as required by the IMSBC Code. Irrespective of the cargo group declared by the shipper, ball clay from Malaysia should be regarded as being a Group A cargo and the shipper should be asked to provide test certificates showing that the moisture content of the material is less than the TML.

Should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Anna Hien Email: anna-hien@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0) 907 134 179

November 2013 - Fake Invoices - Ukraine and Suez Canal

BE&O P&I would like to alert our Assured on recent incidents where vessels calling the Ukrainian port Nikolayev and transiting Suez Canal have been issued fake invoices for services which were never delivered.

In Port Nikolayev a company under the name of 'Black Sea Port Services' have been reported to offer agency services for vessels calling the port. Once money allegedly needed for arrangements relating to the upcoming vessel's call at the port was paid, these 'agents' disappeared. We have been advised that this company may operate with a different name in the same port or other ports in Ukraine. We would strongly advice our Assured not to carry out any business with unknown charterers, brokers and agents whilst fixing voyages or calling Ukrainian ports.

A similar fraud has been reported at Suez Canal whereby vessel owners receive invoices in the post for launch services and waste services, which were in fact never requested nor received by the vessels named on the invoices. By posting such invoices directly to the vessel owners, the fraudsters circumvent the shipping agents' ability to protect their principals. The following is a list of 'companies' which have appeared on these fake invoices;

  • Abuyoussef Export/Import Services
  • Blue Water, Egypt (However, they also use random addresses in other countries)
  • Bluewater Marine
  • Circle of Guardian Ships
  • Circle of Guarding Ships
  • Delta Marine Safety
  • Dolphin Maritime Transport Services
  • Harbour & General Port Services
  • International Division Transit Services
  • Lighthouse of Marine Supplies
  • Nautical Deep of Services
  • Nautical Deep Security
  • Port Services Corp.
  • Sailing Information Centre
  • Seabird Marine Services
  • Seahorse AntiPollution
  • Societe Senegalaise Des Travaux Maritimes SOSENTRAMP
  • Suez Canal Maritime Services
  • Suez Canal Navigation
  • The Control and Monitoring of Oil Pollution in Marine Waters
  • Youssef M. Dahroug Maritime Transport Services

We strongly advice our Assured to cross-check the validity of such invoices with their appointed agents.

Should there be any queries on this matter or if any assistance is required please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Anna Hien Email: anna-hien@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0) 907 134 179

November 2013 - Cargo Alert - Sugar Shipments at Santos, Brazil

Our Assured are advised that due to a recent fire at Terminal Acucareiro Copersucar ("TAC") or (Copersucar Sugar Terminal) in Santos, Brazil, it is likely that TAC will not be operational for at least 6 months.

The fire hit all of Copersucar's warehouses at the Santos port, igniting 180,000 tonnes of sugar - roughly 10 percent of Brazil's monthly sugar exports.

It is believed that the destruction of the terminal infrastructure will not only affect short-term deliveries but will also cause a disruption in Copersucar's loading operations over the next 6 months.

It is understood that vessels originally bound for loading at TAC will either be deviated to the Port of Paranagua (South of Santos) or lined up to load from other bulk cargo export facilities, such as Cosan, TEAG, TGG and TERMAG. Alternative suppliers are already reported to be operating close to their maximum capacity.

Our Assured are strongly recommended to consult us for advice and assistance if they have vessels already trading sugar or are en route to Santos for such cargoes in order to minimize delays and / or unforeseen problems in the near future.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated as things progress. In the interim, should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance whilst calling at Santos, please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Anna Hien Email: anna-hien@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0) 907 134 179

November 2013 - Update on Weighing of Solid Bulk Cargoes in Argentina

Further to our Alert titled “Argentina - Custom Authorities to Determine Method of Cargo Measurement” in August 2013, it has come to light that in most of the Argentinean ports the Customs Authorities are now using draft surveys to determine the weight of exported solid bulk cargoes. However, in ports of Necochea and Bahia Blanca, the shore scale figure is used if the difference between the Customs draft survey and shore scale cargo figure is under 0.6%. If the difference exceeds 0.6%, the draft survey figure is used.

Our Assured should exercise caution as the shippers or their agents in some ports in Argentina are still attempting to present Mates Receipts stating the cargo weight as determined by shore scale.

Under the circumstances our Assured are recommended that:

a) Master or shipboard personnel participate in any draft survey carried out by Customs;

b) The Customs draft survey report is signed jointly by the Customs Officer and the Master, retaining a copy of the report on board;

c) If Customs carry out a draft survey to determine the cargo weight, the draft survey figure should be used when completing Mates Receipts and Bills of Lading.

In regard to import cargoes and in particular fertilizers, it is suggested that both Customs and Receivers should be invited to attend the breaking of seals upon arrival and for a joint draft survey for the weights to be established, given that Customs Authorities are determining discharge quantities by reference to shore scale.

Our Assured are strongly reminded to consider appointing an independent surveyor, registered with the Coast Guard Authorities, to witness the draft survey or measurement of tanks as well as all other procedures in terms of hatch sealing or opening and - if necessary - assist the Master / mate with documentation / Letter of Protest.

Should our Assured require further information on this matter please do not hesitate to contact us at the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Anna Hien Email: anna-hien@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0) 907 134 179

November 2013 - Port State Control Results Following Introduction of Maritime Labour Convention 2006

On 20 August 2013 the Maritime Labour Convention (“MLC 2006”) entered into force and became applicable to all ships of 500GT and over engaged in commercial activity.

It has been reported by Paris MoU, that during the first month of MLC 2006 being in force, 8 ships were detained for MLC-related deficiencies out of a total of 68 detentions in the MoU area for this period.

The detentions were imposed by 4 different port States: Canada (3 ships), Denmark, the Russian Federation and Spain (3 ships). The detained ships were flying the flag of Cyprus (2 ships), Liberia, the Marshall Islands, The Netherlands, Panama (2 ships) and Tanzania.

It should be noted that currently only the member States of the Paris MoU, who have ratified the MLC 2006 on or before 20 August 2012, are entitled to conduct PSC inspections on MLC 2006 requirements from 20 August 2013. As a result the following twelve member States have started enforcing the MLC 2006: Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Spain and Sweden.

Non-compliance with the requirements of the MLC 2006 is proving to be an increasingly common reason for PSC detentions, in addition to defective or missing equipment or records, which have been identified as reasons for detention for some time.

In view of the above, our Assured are advised to keep their vessels well maintained and ensure compliance with MLC 2006 requirements in order to avoid detention. The above information is taken from Paris MoU.

BE&O P&I will continue to monitor and update our Assured on similar reports from other PSC MoUs.

Should our Assured have any further queries on the above, please contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Anna Hien Email: anna-hien@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0) 907 134 179

December 2013 - Ban on Mineral Ore Exports in Indonesia

BE&O P&I would like to bring to the attention of our Assured that Law No. 4 /2009 of Indonesia on Mineral and Coal Development came into force on 12th January 2009, whereby mining companies were required to process minerals in the country before exporting them.

As per Law No. 4/2009, Holders of the existing Contract of Works in production were required to comply within 5 years of the Law coming into force, namely 12th January 2014, which have not happened.

That said, we understand that regulations are being drafted which will allow mineral ore producers to export limited quantities under licence as the required processing and purification facilities are unlikely to be in place and operational when Law No. 4/2009 enters into force.

Our Assured should be aware of the ban on the export of unprocessed mineral ores and effect it might have on their vessels and should ensure their agents keep them fully updated of developments.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated as things progress. In the interim, should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance whilst en-route to Indonesia, please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Anna Hien Email: anna-hien@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0) 907 134 179

December 2013 - Carriage of Sugar from Santos, Brazil

Further to our November Alert on sugar shipments from Terminal Acucareiro Copersucar ("TAC") or (Copersucar Sugar Terminal) Santos, Brazil, BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that cargoes of distressed sugar are being offered for carriage to a refining company in the Middle East.

Under the circumstances, our Assured should avoid issuing clean Bills of Lading and / or Mates Receipts in return for Letters of Indemnity ("LOI") from Charterers or Shippers in order not to prejudice their P&I cover.

Our Assured should exercise caution as the distressed sugar is very wet and as a result poses a risk of liquefaction.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated as things progress; in the interim, should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance whilst calling at Santos please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Anna Hien Email: anna-hien@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0) 907 134 179

December 2013 - Ship Recycling Regulation

BE&O P&I would like to bring to the attention of our Assured that a new Ship Recycling Regulation will enter into force on 30th December 2013.

The Regulation will bring into force requirements of the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships 2009 with the objective of reducing the negative impacts linked to the recycling of EU-flagged ships, especially in South Asia.

The new Ship Recycling Regulation will apply to large commercial seagoing vessels flying the flag of the EU Member State and to ships flying the flag of the third country calling at EU ports or anchorages.

The Regulation sets out a number of requirements for European ships, European ship owners, ship recycling facilities willing to recycle European ships and the relevant competent authorities or administrations.

Furthermore, European Ship Owners will have to ensure that ships are only recycled in ship recycling facilities included in the European List. They will have to ensure that each end-of-life ship is prepared for recycling. In order to do this, they will have to provide the necessary information about the ship to the ship recycling facility, notify the intention to recycle the ship to the relevant administration, provide an updated inventory of hazardous materials and minimise the amount of cargo residues, remaining fuel oil and ship generated wastes remaining on board. They will also have to provide a ready for recycling certificate to the ship recycling facility which will recycle their ship.

Lastly, according to the new Regulation, the installation or use of certain hazardous materials on ships, which includes asbestos, heavy metals, hydrocarbons, ozone-depleting substances and anti-fouling compounds and systems will be prohibited or restricted. Each new European ship (or a ship flying a flag of the third country calling at an EU port or anchorage) will be required to have on board an inventory of hazardous materials verified by the relevant administration or authority and specifying the location and approximate quantities of those materials.

Should our Assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Anna Hien Email: anna-hien@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0) 907 134 179

December 2013 - Sampling - Oil Cargoes

BE&O P&I Facility has recently seen an increase in cargo claims and in particular oil cargoes being contaminated. Our Assured should be aware that such incidents can lead to high value claims and complications leading to unnecessary delays. We would like to remind our Assured that cargo samples taken at the correct stages can minimise and at most times completely mitigate undue oil cargo contamination claims.

Firstly operators should ensure that all cargo tanks are appropriately cleaned and all precautions to be taken before loading are strictly followed.

We would also like to reiterate our broad set of advice to the Assured regarding oil cargoes loading operations, which can be found in "The Compass" Edition 10.

Further, the following are principal sampling points where cargo quality can be adequately monitored. Samples drawn should be sealed, labelled and retained in a dedicated locker for a minimum of twelve months:

1) Load port Shore tank(s).
2) Shoreline Sample following any 'packing' or flushing operation.
3) Vessel's manifold at commencement of loading and spot checks during loading.
4) Vessel's cargo tanks first foots.
5) Vessel's cargo tanks post loading.
6) Vessel's cargo tanks pre-discharge.
7) Vessel's manifold at commencement of discharge.
8) Disport Shore Tank(s) pre and post discharge.

Cargo surveyors attending the loading or discharge of any given cargo are often working on behalf of shippers or consignees (or both, on a joint basis) and are not obliged to provide samples to the ship. Whether samples are provided by the cargo interests to the ship or not, it is recommended that the vessel's crew draw samples which are possible, for the vessel's protection.

We would also highly recommend that a rigorous sampling system should form part of the vessel's ISM Operational procedure and should be strictly adhered to. Such a system should include, but not be limited to, sampling points, sampling procedures, identifying contaminated samples by simple observations and sample retention procedures.

Should our Assureds require further information on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Anna Hien Email: anna-hien@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0) 907 134 179

December 2013 - Cargo Shortage and Damage in Vietnamese Ports

BE&O P&I Facility has noticed a substantial increase in the number of claims for shortage and damage to cargoes discharged in Vietnamese ports.

Our P&I Correspondents in Vietnam suggest that in regard to dry cargoes, local receivers often determine cargo outturn quantities on the basis of draft survey results, and that there appears to be a particular risk of shortage allegations, in circumstances where the surveys are performed unilaterally by surveyors acting on the receivers' behalf.

The Facility has encountered cases where cargo shore tanks in Vietnamese port terminals were not properly calibrated in regards to oil cargoes. Owner's surveyors should therefore bear in mind that they have the right to request for shore tanks calibration records.

The Facility would suggest that the danger of shortage claims should be minimised by independent surveyors by means of conducting joint draft surveys in cases of dry cargoes and tank surveys, in case of liquid cargoes at both loading and discharging ports with the shippers', receivers' and owners' surveyors before and on completion of cargo operations.

Furthermore, maintaining comprehensive records of draft surveys, suspension of cargo operations and in general of all cargo operations in files and log-books on board should assist in supporting the vessel's position, should a claim arise in relation to cargo outturn figures and condition.

Should our Assureds require further information on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us at the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Denmark Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Denmark Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
UK Office: +44 (0) 207 929 0939
UK Mobile: +44 (0) 741 530 7670
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Anna Hien Email: anna-hien@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0) 907 134 179

Alerts 2012

January 2012 - EU Sanctions against Syria Update

Further to our July 2011 alert on EU Regulation 442/2011 Sanctions against Syria, on 18 January 2012, the Council of the European Union approved Regulation (EU) No 36/2012 which replaces Regulation No 442/2011. The prohibitions in Regulation 442/2011 remain in force and under the new regulation additional prohibitions are in place which includes the following;

Prohibition of the provision of insurance and re-insurance to the State of Syria, its Government, its public bodies, corporations or agencies or to any natural or legal person, entity or body when acting on behalf or at the direction of a legal person, entity or body listed.

Prohibition to sell, supply, transfer or export the equipment or technology related to exploration of crude oil and natural gas, production of crude oil and natural gas, refining and liquefaction of natural gas.

The regulation has in place, asset freezing measures against persons listed in Annex II. By EU Council Regulation No 55/2012 which came into effect on 24 January 2012, Annex II has been amended to include further entities.

A copy of Regulations 36/2012 and 55/2012 can be found at the following links

Regulations 36/2012      Regulations 55/2012

Should the assureds have any further queries on the above, please contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

January 2012 - Time Bars - ICA Arbitration Clause

In a recent case heard before the English and Wales High Court (EWCH) ("The GENIUS STAR").The Court upheld a decision from a previous English High Court Judgement("The STRATHNEWTON") confirming that the one year time bar under the Hague Rules does not apply to claims made under the Inter Club Agreement ( ICA ) 1996 and subsequent amendments of 2011.

In the current case, Sub- charterers settled a cargo claim under the ICA and sought to recover from Charterers who in turn sought to recover from Owners as the charter parties were back to back in terms of the ICA.

Owners rejected the claims on the basis that the recovery claims were time barred by virtue of the Arbitration clause in the head charter party which provided that any claim would be time barred unless an arbitrator was appointed within one year of final discharge.

The charter party also contained a clause to the effect that all cargo claims were to be settled in accordance with the ICA , which allows cargo claims to be filed by way of written notice within 2 years from the date of discharge. The Court, on appeal from an arbitration award, held that cargo claims subject to the ICA were not bound by the one year time bar period in the arbitration clause.

It is important to review the charter party to establish which regime governs the settlement of cargo claims.

Should you have any questions arising out of this article , please do not hesitate to contact us.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764
There are no alerts for February 2012

March 2012 - Recent London High Court Ruling on "CAPT STEPHANOS"

On March 13 2012 Cooke J handed down judgment on an appeal from an arbitration award as to whether the "CAPT STEFANOS" was off-hire for the period of her detention by Somali pirates, pursuant to an additional clause on an amended NYPE 46 form.

The recent decision in The Saldanha ([2010] EWHC 1340 (Comm), which held that time lost on account of detention by pirates does not render it off-hire, under clause 15 of the NYPE 46 form, still remains unchanged. The point of contention in this case is whether the additional clause amending the NYPE 46 form has a different effect. The charterers' case was that the vessel was off-hire under the terms of the additional clause, which stated:

"Should the vessel put back whilst on voyage by reason of any ... capture/seizure, or detention or threatened detention by any authority including arrest, the hire shall be suspended from the time of the inefficiency until the vessel is again efficient..."

The arbitration Tribunal accepted the charterers' argument that the words "capture/seizure" applied to a hijack, as opposed to capture or seizure by any authority.

Upon appeal the owners argued that the vessel should not be considered off-hire, due to the ambiguity in the clause which should be construed against the party relying on it; in this case, the charterers and the incorporation of the CONWARTIME 2004 clause demonstrated that the allocation of piracy risk should lie with the charterers.

Cooke J said that "...the clause to my mind clearly sets out that it is only "detention or threatened detention" which is qualified by the expression "by any authority". The words "capture/seizure" are free standing and constitute a separate head of off-hire ..."

Further, it was held that the CONWARTIME 2004 clause related to charterers' obligations and breach of charter party and should not be used to construe off-hire events.

The Court supported the charterers' submissions that the vessel was off-hire and the appeal was dismissed.

In light of this ruling, both owners and charterers need to understand that clauses relating to off-hire events should be reconciled and set out in clear and unambiguous terms, without any reliance on other clauses to provide clarity to the off-hire events.

Should the assureds have any further queries on this matter or on charter party clauses, please contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

April 2012 - BIMCO GUARDCON Contract for the employment of security guards on vessels

A number of maritime security service companies ("Contractors") have evolved recently and much to the difficulty of the ship owners, each have their own contractual terms resulting in considerable uncertainty. Having identified this issue, BIMCO has produced the BIMCO GUARDCON Contract ("GUARDCON") with the assistance of ship owners, property underwriters, IG P&I Club representatives, maritime lawyers, representatives of security companies and other ship owner and marine insurance associations.

The GUARDCON does not represent a recommendation from BIMCO or the BE&O/ FD&D ("Club") or the endorsement of the use of armed guards on board vessels. The decision as to whether to employ guards whether armed or unarmed is an operational one. The Master must be involved in the decision-making and consideration must be given to the risks involved. In making that decision Assureds must always comply with Flag State law, applicable local laws and their obligations as set out in IMO MSC Circular 14051 together with Best Management Practices (currently Version 4, August 2011).

We have, however, reviewed the clauses and find that GUARDCON comply with the Club cover.

Some of the key terms include:

  • The Contractor shall maintain insurances to cover their liabilities and contractual indemnities (Section 6)
  • The policy limits for employer's liability insurance, comprehensive liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance should not be less than USD 5 million and the policy for personal accident insurance for each of the security personnel not less than USD 250,000 per person (Section 6)
  • The Contractors shall obtain and maintain permits and licences in order to undertake the security services and to carry/use firearms (Section 5)
  • The 'Knock for Knock' principles relating to both the ship owners and Contractors liabilities and indemnities (Section 7)
  • The ultimate responsibility of the Master for the safe navigation and overall command of the vessel (Section 4)
  • Individual waiver to be signed by the security personnel prior to boarding the vessel (Annex D)
  • GUARDCON is accompanied by a separate guidance document "Guidance on the Rules for the Use of Force"
  • Should the Assureds decide to use an amended version of GUARDCON, or a different contract, the Facility must be consulted.

A sample copy of GUARDCON, explanatory notes and related documents can be found on BIMCO website.

Kindly, contact the Facility should Assureds have any questions regarding GUARDCON.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

May 2012 - Indonesian Government Regulation No. 7

With a view to control the exploitation of natural resources and to develop a downstream mineral refining and processing industry, the Indonesian government enacted Regulation No. 7 of 2012. This regulation states a ban on export of un-processed mineral raw materials or ore from Indonesia.

The regulation has come in force from the 6th May 2012 and the immediate effect is already seen with, more than a dozen ships being detained by the authorities in Indonesian ports. A slow loading of Nickel ore caused by safety concerns (liquefaction) has led to ships not completing loading in time before the ban and hence been arrested. There also have been reports of congestion at ports, because of a run on the cargo before the ban came into force, which has also delayed ships past the deadline.

The above being an immediate knock on effect of the regulation, there remains to be seen the long term effects such as disputes arising from above incidents or disputes to get out of charter contracts.

Please do not hesitate to seek advice from the facility whilst calling Indonesian ports and in case of any queries on the above please contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

May 2012 - Syria Update - May 2012

Further to our January 2012 alert on Syrian sanctions imposed by EU Regulation 442/ 2011, there have been developments with one more EU regulation put in place and a second which amends the list of sanctioned entities. All other sanctions remain in place.

Firstly, we would like to remind our assureds of the EU Regulation 878/2011 which was effective from 2nd September 2011 which prohibits the purchase, import or transportation of Crude Oil and Petroleum products from Syria.

Secondly, a new EU Regulation 168/2012 was effective from 27th February 2012 which adds the prohibitions to include following;

Prohibition on the sale, purchase, transportation or brokering of gold, precious metals and diamonds, restrictive measures against the Central Bank of Syria, and amendments to the list of targeted persons and entities. Additionally prohibitions to provide, directly or indirectly, technical assistance or brokering services, related to the goods referred above.

Lastly, EU Council Regulation (No 266/2012) came into effect on 24th March 2012, in which Annex II has been amended to include further entities and individuals for asset freezing.

A copy of Regulations 878/2011, 168/2012 and 226/2012 can be found at the following links:

878/2011      168/2012      266/2012

Should the assureds have any further queries on the above, please contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764
There are no alerts for June 2012

July 2012 - AIS Annual Test Requirement

From the 1st July 2012, as per IMO Resolution MSC 308(88), vessels fitted with an Automatic Identification System (AIS) must undergo an annual AIS equipment test.

Such test shall be conducted by an approved surveyor or an approved testing or servicing facility. The test should be conducted during the first Cargo Ship Safety Equipment, Cargo Ship Safety Radio or Cargo Ship Safety Certificate survey after 1 July 2012.

IMO Resolution MSC 308(88) states that;

The test shall verify the correct programming of the ship static information, correct data exchange with connected sensors as well as verifying the radio performance by radio frequency measurement and on-air test using, e.g. a Vessel Traffic Service (VTS). A copy of such test report must be kept on board the vessel.

Further information on the testing of AIS units can be found in 'Guidelines on Annual Testing of the Automatic Identification System (AIS)'.

Should the assured have any further queries on the above, please contact;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

July 2012 - Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (LLMC)

At its 99th session on 16-20 April 2012, the Legal Committee for IMO adopted amendments to increase the limits of liability in the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims.

The Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims Convention limits liability against the ship owner for two types of claim, namely for loss of life and personal injury and property claims, i.e. damage to other ships, property or harbour works.

The new limits are expected to enter into force on 8th June 2015 under the tacit acceptance procedure, 36 months from notification of the adoption.

Ship owners are able to limit their liability except if "it is proved that the loss resulted from his personal act or omission, committed with the intent to cause such a loss, or recklessly and with knowledge that such loss would probably result."

The current and proposed SDR rates for limitation of liability for personal injury or loss of life and property claims are shown below as follows:

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR LOSS OF LIFE OR PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS

Vessel Tonnage Current SDR Rates Proposed SDR Rates
Up to 2,000GT 2 million fixed rate 3.02 million fixed rate
2,001 - 30,000 800 1,208
30,001 - 70,000 600 906
70,000 & over 400 604

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR PROPERTY CLAIMS

Vessel Tonnage Current SDR Rates Proposed SDR Rates
Up to 2,000GT 1 million fixed rate 1.51 million fixed rate
2,001 - 30,000 400 604
30,001 - 70,000 300 453
70,000 & over 200 302

Should the assured have any further queries on the above, please contact;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

July 2012 - Paris and Tokyo MOUs Joint CIC Inpection on Fire Safety Systems

Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding ("MOUs") on Port State Control ("PSC") will be organising joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign ("CIC") from 1st September 2012 until 30th November 2012 in order to ensure compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2. A total of 43 maritime authorities will take part in this joint CIC inspection.

Our assureds should be aware that in addition to routine inspection, i.e. fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction arrangements on board ships the Port State Control Officers ("PSCOs") during this CIC may refer to an additional checklist of 12 items covering the following areas:

  • Fire Control Plan (Fire Fighter's Outfits and Emergency Escape Breathing Devices);
  • Portable extinguishers;
  • Automatic audible alarm;
  • Fire protection systems and fire fighting systems;
  • Maintenance plan on board;
  • Crew competence on location and operation of the fire fighting systems;
  • Sprinkler system test;
  • Visual and audible fire signal initiation at the control panel, on the bridge or control station;
  • Maintenance of the lighting in escape routes;
  • Emergency fire pump;
  • Isolating valves of the fire main;
  • Whether the witnessed fire drill was satisfactory.

Further, as per normal PSC procedures, depending on the severity of the deficiencies found, the PSCO may either instruct the Master to rectify them within a certain period of time or in the case of serious breach of SOLAS Chapter II-2, detain the vessel until the deficiencies have been rectified. The vessel detention will be published on the Paris and Tokyo MOU monthly detention lists.

Our assureds are advised to keep their vessels well maintained and ensure that the crew is suitably prepared for above inspections.

Should the assured have any further queries on the above, please contact;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

August 2012 - Emergency towing vessel (ETV) - West Coast of India

As per the Director General of Shipping M.S. Notice 21 of 2012 dated 27th August 2012, a vessel 'SCI Pawan' IMO number NO-9547233, Flag-Indian, is deployed to deal with marine emergencies on the West Coast of India. The vessel has the capability of performing the services of anchor handling, emergency towing and basic salvage services to stabilise the casualty ship, including provision of essential supplies. The responsibility to deploy this vessel is vested with the Directorate General of Shipping.

The contact person for obtaining the services of ETV, SCI PAWAN are as follows:

1. Maritime Assistance Service- DG Comm. Centre, in operation 24 x 7
Tel: 22614646 / 22610606 / Fax - 22663636.
email - dgcommcentre@satyammail.in, dgcommcentre@vsnl.net
2. SCI Radio Room- Tel: 22772146 from 0800 am to 0800 pm all days.
3. MRCC, Mumbai- Indian Coast Guard, in operation 24 x 7
Tel: 24388065 / 24316558 / Fax - 24333727.
email - icgmrcc_mumbai@mtnl.net.in, indsar@vsnl.net,
mrcc-vest@indiancoastguard.nic.in
4. VTS control Centre, Mumbai Port , in operation 24 x 7
Tel: 66565035 / 22614594 / Fax- 22664066
email - dmcsmbpt@gmail.com

Kindly note that The ETV services rendered by Shipping Corporation of India, on behalf of Govt. of India is authorised to raise invoices on ship owner/ manager/ agent or the master as the case may be. Our assured are reminded that The British European and Overseas (BE&O) P&I should be, as far as practicable, informed prior to using this service and in any event should provide the Club with an update once the service has been used.

Should our assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

August 2012 - Navigational Warning - Sri Lanka

Following the unfortunate sinking of the vessel M/V Thermopylae Sierra at Colombo anchorage on 23rd August 2012, all our assured are warned of the dangerous, partly submerged wreck position and are requested to give wide berth whilst navigating in the area. All vessels are also requested to keep a proper look out for any floating debris.

Wreck Position:

Lat. 06• 47.'15 N
Long. 079• 50'.16 E

The submerged wreck affects BA Charts 813 and 3700.

Should the assured have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the British European and Overseas P&I (BE&O P&I):

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

August 2012 - P&I requirements for vessels calling Indian Ports - Update

Further to our previous alert on this matter, we have been closely monitoring the situation for vessels calling Indian ports. As things stand, the Indian Government is currently in the process of formulating a Committee under the Chairmanship of the Director General of Shipping to provide guidelines on authorising non IG P&I Clubs and non IACS societies. There is no time frame available, given that once these guidelines are formulated they would need to be further reviewed and approved by the Ministry of Shipping prior to them being enacted as law.

In the interim, we have been informed that each vessel covered by non IG Club will be considered on a case to case basis subject to compliance with Local Port requirement . We strongly recommend our assured to notify the Club and their appointed local agents prior to calling any Indian port as early as possible to avoid undue delays.

In any event, should the assured have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the British European and Overseas P&I (BE&O P&I):

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

August 2012 - P&I requirement for vessels calling Indian ports

The Indian Government on the 20th April 2012 approved Circular No: MSL-2(1) / 2005-IV which mentions Protection and Indemnity Cover and Classification Society requirements for vessels calling Indian ports.

As per the above mentioned Circular, any vessel of three hundred tons gross or more, other than Indian Flagged Ship, entering into Indian coastal waters requires a valid P&I insurance policy that covers them for maritime claims from an International Group of P&I clubs or such other Insurance company as authorised from time to time by the Government of India.

Similarly, vessels will require to be classed with a Classification Society which are member of the International Association of Classification Societies ('IACS') or with a recognised organisation duly authorised by Indian Maritime Administration.

Further, operators will also require submitting a valid P&I insurance certificate and Class Certificate 48hrs prior arrival port. Given that each vessel will be considered on a case to case basis, it is advisable to apply well before the vessel's arrival in order to avoid undue delays.

The British European and Overseas P&I facility is closely monitoring the situation, given that the Government of India has not provided specific guidelines for authorising Insurance Companies as yet. We have been informed that a meeting is scheduled to be conducted in the coming week to formulate and subsequently provide guidelines to which an authorised P&I insurance provider would have to comply with.

Should any of our assured vessels be calling Indian ports, we advise you to contact the Facility as soon as possible to avoid any undue delays.

View Circular no MSL-2(1) / 2005-IV.

Should the assured have any further queries on this matter, please contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

August 2012 - Accelerated phasing-in of double-hull or equivalent design requirements for single-hull oil tankers

A revised Regulation (EU) No 530/2012 has been issued by the European Parliament and the council of the European Union. This Regulation establishes an accelerated phasing-in scheme for the application of the double-hull or equivalent design requirements of MARPOL 73/78 to single-hull oil tankers, and to ban the transport to or from ports of the Member States of heavy grade oil in single-hull oil tankers.

In December 2003, International Maritime Organisation Resolution MEPC 111(50) divided oil tankers into three categories according to tonnage, construction and age. Category 1 tankers were allowed to operate until 2005, however, Category 2 and 3 were allowed to trade until 2010. Further, Regulation 20.5 of Marpol Annex I allowed for an exception for Category 2 and 3 tankers to operate under certain circumstances, beyond the time limit of their phasing out.

However, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union is seriously concerned by shipping accidents involving oil tankers. Also given the associated risk of pollution of its coast-lines and harm to its fauna and flora and other marine resources, Article 7 of the above mentioned revised regulation provides 'final dates' for the phase out of single hull tankers. Article 7 now makes it clear that tankers operating under Regulation 20.5 of MARPOL Annex I will not be permitted entry into EU ports and offshore terminals as from the anniversary date of the ship in 2015, irrespective of flag. In addition, such ships will no longer be permitted registry to an EU flag.

This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union and shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all member states.

View Regulation (EU) No 530/2012.

Should the assured have any further queries on the above, please contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

September 2012 - Corrosion Protection of Crude Oil Cargo Tanks

The Marine Industry has recently seen incidents resulting from structural failure in oil tankers. Further, double hull tankers, whilst mitigating the possibility of marine pollution, also present a significantly increased surface area requiring corrosion protection. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has developed performance standards for corrosion protection of the Crude Oil Tanks of Crude Oil Tankers, with the intention of preventing incidents that result from structural failure. These performance standards are stated in Resolution MSC. 291(87) and are being made mandatory by an amendment to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea ("SOLAS") Regulation II-1/3-11.

The new requirements apply to crude oil tankers or crude oil/product carriers of 5,000DWT or above, which:

a) Have the contract for building placed on or after 1st January 2013,

b) Have their keel laid in the absence of the contract on or after 1st January 2013,

c) Are delivered on or after 1st January 2016.

The regulation provides three options to address the corrosion protection for the under deck cargo space (ullage space) and the cargo oil tank bottom:

a) Coating - the aforementioned areas of a vessel will require to be coated during construction in accordance with the performance standards as stated in Resolution MSC. 288 (87).

b) Corrosion-resistant steel - the second option allows cargo oil tanks to be protected by alternative means and the only recognised 'alternative means' is use of "corrosion resistant steels".

c) Exemption - The regulations allows a third option, in which a vessel's flag state may choose to exempt a crude oil tanker from the requirements described in option 1 and option 2, if the vessel is built solely to carry cargoes or perform cargo handling operations with cargoes which do not cause corrosion.

It is essential that the owners and the builders of the vessels affected by this Regulation chose an appropriate option, which they intend to use and specify in the contract documents during the pre-contract meeting.

Should our assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

September 2012 - Nigeria - Marine Environment (Sea Protection) Levy

The Managers of British European & Overseas (‘BE&O’) P&I Facility would like to bring to the attention of our assureds that we have been informed that a Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has advised that the Marine Environment (Sea Protection) Levy has been imposed for vessels calling at the country's ports, the details of which are below:

Foreign vessels:
Vessel's GT   USD
100 - 1,000   0.10 per GT per call
1,001 - 10,000   0.15 per GT per call
10,001 - 100,000   0.20 per GT per call
Over 100,000   0.30 per GT per voyage
     
Nigerian registered vessels:
Vessel's GT   NGN per GT per annum
100 - 1,000   500.00
1,001 - 10,000   350.00
10,001 - 00,000   300.00
Over 100,000   250.00

The rate of levy payable by Offshore Installations and Oil pipeline shall be:

(a) If an Offshore Oil Installation that is producing, processing, storing or transferring oil, including buoys used for loading and/or receiving of Oil, NGN 15,000,000.00 per annum

(b) If Offshore Oil Installation used or constructed for the purposes of exploring for Oil, NGN 10,000,000.00 per annum

(c) For Oil pipeline, NGN 1,500.00 per cubic metre of pipeline volume from the high water mark to the termination point offshore.

Should our assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

October 2012 - Loading of Iron Ore in Sierra Leone

Assureds are strongly advised to contact The BE&O (BE&O P&I) Facility if they are contemplating on fixing shipments of iron ore from Sierra Leone. As per market sources, iron ore offered in Sierra Leone could cause problems in terms of liquefaction and proper certification. This is due to lack of proper facilities and equipment to correctly analyse the transportable moisture limit ("TML") of the cargo as required by the relevant provisions of the International Maritime Organization's Solid Bulk Cargoes ("IMSBC") Code for Group A cargoes.

Further, there are logistical problems of accessing stockpiles at mines or river terminals in case there is a need to verify the actual properties of the cargo, all causing extensive delays.

Therefore, our assured are urged to contact us before shipment of iron ore from Sierra Leone in order to seek proper advice and to comply with the relevant provisions of the IMSBC Code.

Should our assured have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

November 2012 - Loading Iron Ore in Sierra Leone

Assureds are strongly advised to contact The British European & Overseas P&I (BE&O P&I) Facility if they are contemplating on fixing shipments of iron ore from Sierra Leone. As per market sources, iron ore offered in Sierra Leone could cause problems in terms of liquefaction and proper certification. This is due to lack of proper facilities and equipment to correctly analyse the transportable moisture limit ("TML") of the cargo as required by the relevant provisions of the International Maritime Organization's Solid Bulk Cargoes ("IMSBC") Code for Group A cargoes.

Further, there are logistical problems of accessing stockpiles at mines or river terminals in case there is a need to verify the actual properties of the cargo, all causing extensive delays. Therefore, our assured are urged to contact us before shipment of iron ore from Sierra Leone in order to seek proper advice and to comply with the relevant provisions of the IMSBC Code.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

November 2012 - P&I Approval Requirements for vessels calling Indian ports - Update

Further to our Alert issued in August 2012, we would like to update our assureds on the current position with respect to the above captioned matter. We have been in constant contact with the Indian Authorities on this matter and are still awaiting further information on the finding of the committee that has been set up under the Chairmanship of The Director General of Shipping. In the interim, vessel covered by non IG Clubs will continue to be considered on a case by case basis, subject to compliance with Local Port requirements. We strongly recommend our assureds to notify the Facility and their appointed local agents, prior to calling any Indian port, as early as possible to avoid undue delays.

Should our assureds have any further queries or want to discuss matters in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

December 2012 - Iron Ore Loading in Liberia

Liquefaction of iron ore cargo continues to be a concern in the industry. Sources reveal that wet cargo issues can arise from iron ore cargo loaded in Liberia, Port of Buchanan. The Facility in Buchanan is reported to take appropriate precautions, however, the British European and Overseas P&I (BE&O P&I) strongly recommends the appointment of a Surveyor to oversee the loading operations.

The BE&O P&I requests our assureds to inform the Facility well in advance of such fixtures and we will immediately assist in appointing appropriate Surveyors to monitor loading.

Should our assured have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

December 2012 - Mina Saqr Port : Requirement for Towage Approval Certificate

Given the repeated incidents involving tug and barge units - mainly breaking of towing lines in Mina Saqr port areas - in order to reduce potential navigational hazards, such combination units are required to provide the Port with a 'Towing Approval Certificate', along with Sailing Instructions within 24 hours of commencing the voyage. Such certificate can be issued by a relevant Surveyor and is to be submitted to the Marine Department prior to collecting the Port Clearance.

Our assured are reminded of the above requirements in order not to incur undue delays.

Should our assured have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

Alerts 2011

There are no alerts for January 2011
There are no alerts for February 2011

March 2011 - LIBYA

The current situation in Libya has caused severe disruption to sea trade to and from all major ports in Libya. Due to this uncertain and fluid situation, members are advised to consult with the BE&O P&I Club before contemplating calls at Benghazi, El Brega (and/or other ports in Libya). The Club is constantly in touch with market underwriters as to the status of Libyan ports / waters and will advice members and their sea going staff on the developing unrest in Libya. However, should members have any further queries on the foregoing, please contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

March 2011 - LIBYA UPDATE

Further to our earlier 'Libya' alert, we have received information from our sources that even though the Port of Benghazi is open, there are no ship movements in and out of the port. Additionally, there is further information stating that Benghazi will shortly become a war zone. The other ports in the country, Tripoli and Khoms are working almost normally. However, should members/assured have any further queries please contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

March 2011 - Libya - Now a war risk area

Further to our alerts for Libya in March 2011, Libya has now been declared as a war zone. The Joint War Risk Committee reviewed its list of Hull War, Strikes, Terrorism and related perils listed areas and has named Libya as the latest addition to the list. The list has been in effect from 3rd March 2011. As defined, the war risk area for a named country shall include their coastal waters up to 12 nautical miles offshore, unless specifically stated.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

March 2011 - BAHRAIN

The King of Bahrain has declared a State of Emergency in Bahrain on 15th March 2011. We have been advised by our sources inside Bahrain that port operations are affected as they are not operating at full capacity. Services like, customs and immigration are operating at Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Arab Ship Building and Repair Yard, Gulf Industrial Investment Company and Mina Salman. However, ports under Sitra are currently not operating to full capacity. The Bahrain International Airport is however operating as normal with international flight flying in and out of the country. Movements through the Bahrain / Saudi causeway are also restricted. All offices are closed and people have been advised to stay at home.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

April 2011 - IVORY COAST

The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) had imposed travel bans and assets freeze on ports and designated persons in the Ivory Coast, following President Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to concede defeat in last year's November Elections.

Details on the sanctions are available in our Circular 2010/07.

As per the our latest information, the arrest of Laurent Gbagbo, has led to the EU having partly lifted the sanctions on trade from the Ports of Abidjan, San Pedro and the Ivorian Refining Company as well as the Coffee and Cocoa Trade Management Committee (CGFCC) berths. The remainder of the sanctions are still in place and are currently being reviewed in consultation with the new government and the new President Alassane Quattara.

The BE&O P&I Club continues to monitor the situation, however, Member vessels calling at Ports in Ivory Coast are recommended to contact the Club for further information prior to sending their vessel's there. In any event, should the members have any further questions on the above they should contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

April 2011 - JAPAN

The earthquake, tsunami and subsequent incidents in Japan have had a significant impact with severe repercussions on the shipping and insurance industry. The BE&O P&I Club is closely monitoring the situation and the severe implications arisen from the recent events in Japan.

A number of ports in North East Japan have been damaged or are not operable. However, the ports in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka and Kobe are reportedly operating normally. The levels of radiation in Tokyo City, Kawasaki City and Ichikawa City are said to be at very safe level so has not to have any impact on the health of the inhabitants.

IMO has strongly recommended Shipmasters to comply with the latest navigational warnings issued by the NAVAREA XI Coordinator, Japan. Members are advised to follow official news briefings and information and be aware of the factual situation.

Should the assured have any further queries concerning risks, incidents, trading aspects or any other implications, please contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

May 2011 - Revised AIS (Automatic Identification System) guidance and operational use from UNAVFOR and NATO Counter Piracy Operations off Somalia

Under the regulation V/19 of SOLAS Convention, ships fitted with AIS shall maintain AIS in operation at all times except where international agreements, rules or standards provide for the protection of navigational information.

IMO Resolution A. 917(22), 'Guidelines for the onboard operational use of ship-borne automatic identification systems (AIS)', states that "if the master believes that the continual operation of AIS might compromise the safety or security of his/her ship, the AIS may be switched off. This might be the case in sea areas where pirates and armed robbers are known to operate. Actions of this nature should always be recorded in the ship's logbook together with the reason for doing so."

The advice from EUNAVFOR and NATO in accordance with IMO Resolution A.917 (22) and as articulated in BMP3 paragraph 7.5 states "the Master has the discretion to switch off the AIS if he believes its use increases the ship's vulnerability" and until now has recommended that AIS transmission within the Gulf of Aden be left on with restrictions, and outside the Gulf of Aden in other parts of the High Risk Area be turned off completely.

In order that Counter Piracy Naval Operations have the required data from AIS transmissions to track real time positions of merchant ships, thus enabling them to mitigate risk of piracy to merchant shipping, the advice has been revised.

The NEW recommendation is to leave AIS transmitting across the entire High Risk Area as set out in BMP3. AIS transmission should continue to be restricted to ship's identity, position, course, speed, navigational status and safety-related information. As noted, this is a change to the previous guidance which recommended that AIS be left on only in the Gulf of Aden. The decision on AIS policy remains at the discretion of the Master, however, if it is switched off during transit, it should be activated immediately at the time of an attack.

Source: NATO

However, should members/assured have any further queries please contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

May 2011 - Piracy - MSC-HOA New Reporting Requirements

Further to the current MSC-HOA Best Management Practices (BMP), recently there has been a key change to the boundaries of the High Risk Area defined by MSC-HOA. There are now 4 entry / exits to and from the High Risk Area which are 78 East, 23 North, 10 South, Suez and Port (Local).

Member vessels transiting the high risk area are advised to register to MSC-HOA;

  • Even if not transiting Gulf of Aden,
  • Even if going in a National Convoy,
  • Even if the registered vessel is carrying armed security,
  • Even if the registered vessel is not going in a Group Transit.

As per MSC-HOA, if vessel registration is not made under these conditions the vessel is NOT BMP compliant as recognised by the Shipping Industry including the IMO, the military and Flag States.

Should the members have any further queries please contact the BE&O P&I Club.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

May 2011 - SYRIA

Protests in Syria against President Bashar Assad's regime started on 26th January this year and were influenced by other protests in the region. This has led to large scale unrest, resulting in the Syrian Army being sent into the capital Damascus and the Southern City of Deraa.

The United States of America (USA) has currently three types of sanctions imposed against Syria. The Syria Accountability Act (SAA) 2004 which prohibits the export of most goods containing more than 10 percent US manufactured component parts to Syria. The second is sanctions against the Commercial Bank of Syria in 2006 and the third specifically denies certain Syrian citizens and entities access to the US financial system due to their participation in proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorist associations.

In view of the current large scale unrest, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the European Union and the US have circulated a draft UNSC press statement on Syria, which as per diplomats is a 'first step' toward imposing further sanctions to include travel bans and assets freezes targeting members of President Bashar al-Assad's family and other senior regime figures.

BE&O P&I Club will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on the sanctions, however, given the uncertain and fluid situation in the country, members are requested to contact the Club if a vessel is to call at any Syrian ports. Should the members have any further queries please contact the BE&O P&I Club.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

June 2011 - EU Directive on Insurance of Ship Owners for Maritime Claims

The EU Directive 2009/20/EC (Insurance Directive) entered in force on 17th June 2009, however it did not affect the EU Member States until they implement it into their domestic law. As per latest developments, this insurance directive will have to be implemented by all EU member states by 1st January 2012.

The Insurance Directive covers the on- board carriage of evidence of financial security by all see going ships of 300 gt or more with confirmation probably through certification issued by the insurer. The IG clubs are currently in discussion with Member States seeking this confirmation.

The Insurance Directive requires a ship owner to maintain insurance cover for maritime claims subject to limitation under the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (LLMC) 1996. Cover is to be of the type currently provided by the IG clubs although the requirements may also be satisfied by equivalent levels of cover through non IG clubs.

Confirmation of suitable insurance up to LLMC 1996 levels is already a requirement under the IMO Bunkers Convention for all ships greater than 1,000 gt registered in a State Party or entering or leaving a port or offshore facility in a State Party. It is thought likely therefore that the insurance for a ship in possession of a Bunkers Convention Certificate will satisfy the requirements of the Insurance Directive. However, should the assured have any further queries please contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

June 2011 - Voyage Data Recorder - Upcoming New Performance Standards

Voyage data recorders (VDR) onboard ships serve a function similar to black boxes on air planes, in recording all events that take place onboard the navigating bridge of a ship. They also assist greatly in accident investigation and lessons learnt training post an incident. Under regulation 20 of SOLAS Chapter V on Voyage data recorders (VDR), the following ships are required to carry VDRs;

  • Passenger ships constructed on or after 1 July 2002;
  • Ro-Ro passenger ships constructed before 1 July 2002, not later than the first survey on or after 1 July 2002;
  • Passenger ships other than Ro-Ro Passenger ships constructed before 1 July 2002 not later than 1 January 2004; and
  • Ships, other than passenger ships, of 3,000 gross tonnage and upwards constructed on or after 1 July 2002.

From recent accident investigations it has come to light that the retrieval of data from VDR can sometimes be very expensive. Further, if crew fail to press the record button after an incident, important data can be lost due to the data being overwritten every 12 hours (machine dependent). New performance standards for VDR were discussed during a recent Nav 57 meeting which are mentioned below.

  • VDR'S should be capable of saving the most recent 48 hours of data for up to two years.
  • VDR must be protected against fire and permanently attached to the ship
  • Additional recording medium must be available that will save data for six months to be held in a float free capsule that will be released following the loss of a vessel.
  • The VDR will be required to be fitted with independent inclinometers or motion sensors to allow movement such as heel angle and roll to be monitored.

The new standards makes the VDR more sophisticated with data being more easily recoverable. The performance standards are still subject to final approval and as per latest report due to come into force in early 2014.

Should members/assured have any further queries please contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

July 2011 - SYRIA - Update

On 10 May 2011, EU Regulation 442/2011 came into force. This regulation introduced restrictive measures on Syria and imposed asset freezes on designated persons, entities and bodies. The Regulation clearly states that all funds and economic resources owned, held or controlled by the persons listed in Annex II shall be frozen. Further, the Regulation sets out that no funds or economic resources shall be made available, directly or indirectly, to or for the benefit of the persons listed in Annex II. On 24 June 2011, a further EU Regulation 611/2011 came into force adding a further seven individuals and four entities to the list of those against whom sanctions have been imposed. Details can be found by clicking HERE.

In late April 2011 President Obama signed an Executive Order 13572, 76 FR 24787 blocking the property of three individuals and two entities associated with the Syrian Regime. On 18 May the President signed a further Executive Order 13573, 76 29143 extending the list of individuals and entities whose assets were blocked. These sanctions require that property and interests in property of a blocked person that are in the United States or that come into the United States or into the possession or control of a US person must be frozen. Such property may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt with. Furthermore, all dealings by U.S. persons with designated persons are prohibited.

In the view of the above sanctions, we advise our assureds to check whether the companies that they may be transacting business with are not owned, held or controlled either directly or indirectly by one of the listed sanctioned individuals/entities. We also recommend to our assureds to enter 'SANCTIONS CLAUSES' into the charterparties adequately tailored to their specific needs covering eventualities that they seek to be protected from.

We will continue to monitor the situation in Syria and provide further updates of any substantial developments. In the interim, should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

July 2011 - LIBYA - Sanctions Update

On 7th June 2011 the Council of the European Union adopted a Decision 2011/332/CFSP which extends the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures and includes six port authorities in the area under the control of the Gadaffi regime namely Tripoli, Al Khoms, Brega, Ras Lanuf, Zawia and Zuwara effecting a prohibition on the provision or the making available of funds and economic resources to the designated port authorities, including the payment of port fees. There is an exemption from the EU asset freezes against Libya for humanitarian purposes. The Decision entered into force on 17th June 2011 pursuant to EU Regulations 572/2011 and 573/2011.

Should the assured have any further queries please contact:

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

Aug 2011 - Peoples Republic of China ('PRC') Marine Pollution Regulations

On 1 March 2010, the Regulations of the People's Republic of China ("PRC") on the Prevention and Control of Marine Pollution from Ships (the "Regulations") started to come into force. The Regulations apply to any ship-source pollution and any ship-related operation where pollution damage is caused (or may be caused) to PRC internal waters, territorial seas, contiguous zones, exclusive economic zones, continental shelves and all other sea areas under the jurisdiction of the PRC. The Maritime Safety Administration ("MSA") is responsible for the supervision and administration of the prevention and control of marine pollution and will be the designated authority for enforcing the Regulations.

The Regulations include various general provisions detailing the procedures for discharge and receipt of ship's waste and for certain ship operations such as scrapping, ship to ship transfers of oil, dumping of waste and the supply and receipt of bunkers. The carriage of dangerous waste in PRC internal and territorial seas is prohibited.

Any pollution arising or likely to arise from an incident must be reported to the local MSA office in the form of an accident report as detailed in the Regulations. The MSA will maintain overall control of any emergency response activities and also retain the right to detain ships while investigating such incidents.

Operators of all ships carrying bulk hazardous and pollutant liquid cargoes, and the operators of all ships over 10,000 GRT, will be required to conclude a pollution clean-up contract with an MSA-approved Oil Spill Response Organisations ("OSRO") before entering/departing a PRC port or starting the ship's operation. A list of all approved contractors will be issued in October 2011 which we will update our assured on. Further, on request the Club would also provide them with the list. The requirement to contract with an approved clean up contractor will be enforced in all Chinese ports from 1st January 2012. Thus leaving ship owners with a very short time to have a contract with an approved 'OSRO' in place before the deadline.

The BE&O will keep our assured updated on the progress of this matter, in the interim should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

Aug 2011 - Benin and Gulf of Guinea - Now a War Risk Area

Further to our alerts on war risk areas in March 2011 and following a review of the list of Hull War, Strikes, Terrorism and related perils listed areas, the Joint War Risk Committee has declared Benin and Gulf of Guinea (but only the waters of the Beninese and Nigerian Exclusive Economic Zones north of Latitude 3° N) as a war zone as of 1st August 2011. As defined, the war risk area for a named country shall include their coastal waters up to 12 nautical miles offshore, unless specifically stated.

The complete list of named countries is available on further request.

Our Assureds are requested to notify the facility immediately if any of their Vessels intends to call Benin or Gulf of Guinea. Additionally, should the assured have any further queries or comments or require a copy of the complete list of countries please contact;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

Sept 2011 - The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee

The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee, at its sixty second session approved the 2011 Guidelines for the Carriage of blends of petroleum and bio-fuels, recognising the need to clarify how bio-fuels subject to MARPOL Annex II, when blended with petroleum oils, subject to Annex I of MARPOL, can be shipped in bulk. The committee agreed that these guidelines should become operative from 1st September 2011.

The carriage provisions are based on the volumetric composition of the bio-fuel blend, which are as follows;

  • Products containing 75% or more petroleum oil are to be carried in accordance with the requirements of MARPOL Annex I;
  • Products containing more than 1% but less than 75% petroleum oil are to be carried in accordance with the requirements of MARPOL Annex II;
  • Products containing 1% or less petroleum oil are to be carried under the requirements of MARPOL Annex II.

Further, the guidelines emphasise that on board blending should only be undertaken whilst the ship is within port limits. The physical blending on board of petroleum oil and bio fuels during a sea voyage to create new products is strictly prohibited.

Should the assured have any further queries please contact;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

Sept 2011 - Update on Libyan Sanctions

The Council of the European Union lifted an asset freeze that was previously in force and listed 28 entities including inter alia oil firms, banks and the ports of Tripoli, Al Khoms, Ras Lanuf, Zawiya, Zuara and Brega which were removed from the Annex by Regulation (EU) No. 872/2011 with effect from 2 September 2011. There however still remain 27 entities and 39 individuals targeted. Details on the above can be found by clicking HERE.

We will continue to monitor the situation in Libya and provide further updates of any substantial developments. In the interim, should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

Sept 2011 - Guidelines for the Carriage of Blends of petroleum oil and bio-fuels - September 2011

The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee, at its sixty second session approved the 2011 Guidelines for the Carriage of blends of petroleum and bio-fuels, recognising the need to clarify how bio-fuels subject to MARPOL Annex II, when blended with petroleum oils, subject to Annex I of MARPOL, can be shipped in bulk. The committee agreed that these guidelines should become operative from 1st September 2011.

The carriage provisions are based on the volumetric composition of the bio-fuel blend, which are as follows;

  • Products containing 75% or more petroleum oil are to be carried in accordance with the requirements of MARPOL Annex I;
  • Products containing more than 1% but less than 75% petroleum oil are to be carried in accordance with the requirements of MARPOL Annex II;
  • Products containing 1% or less petroleum oil are to be carried under the requirements of MARPOL Annex II.

Further, the guidelines emphasise that on board blending should only be undertaken whilst the ship is within port limits. The physical blending on board of petroleum oil and bio fuels during a sea voyage to create new products is strictly prohibited.

Should the assured have any further queries please contact;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

Sept 2011 - Turkish Insurance Regulation - Ships to Evidence P&I Cover

The Turkish Regulation on the requirement to obtain Insurance Coverage for vessels against Maritime Claims and Supervision thereof ("the Regulation") came in force in Turkey on 1 July 2011. The Regulation requires all ships of 300gt or more calling at Turkish ports or Turkish flagged vessels are required to maintain valid P&I insurance cover in place to cover maritime claims, which are subject to limitation under the 1976 Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (LLMC) and the 1996 Protocol. Ships are now required to provide a copy of their certificate of insurance to port authorities before entering into Turkish territorial waters. A valid original of the certificate should be present on board the ship. A breach of this Regulation, ship owners may be subject to a fine amounting up to 20,000 Turkish Lira (approx. USD 11,600).

The Club recommends that the Assureds familiarise themselves with the requirements included in the Regulation. However, should the Assureds have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact BE&O.

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764
There are no alerts for October 2011

Nov 2011 - K and R Warranty

Following recent developments and increase in piracy incidents following the monsoon seasons, going forward and at the sole discretion of the P&I Managers, all vessels covered under British European and Overseas P&I FD&D (BE&O P&I / FD&D) are required to have Kidnap and Ransom (K and R) Cover in place prior to transiting Piracy infested areas. The K & R warranty will be similar to our standard policy warranties. Assureds are requested to strictly comply with the above K & R warranty, failure to do so may prejudice Owners' P&I or FD&D covers.

Should our assureds have any further queries or comments please contact;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764

Nov 2011 - No longer a War Risk Area

Further to our alert dated March 2011, Libya will now no longer be a war risk area. In the light of the removal of Colonel Gaddafi from power, the stabilisation of the political situation in Libya and the cessation of military activity, the warlike operations area committee agreed that the warlike operations area agreement of the territorial waters of Libya will cease to have effect from 23:59 hours on Friday 4th November 2011.

Further updates on the area will be subsequently published as things progress; however, in the interim should our assureds have any further queries or comments please contact;

Capt. Andreas Efthimiades Email: andreas@dgsmarine.com
Office: +357 (0) 25 349100
Mob: +357 (0) 99 478 854
Capt. Nigel Moniz Email: moniz@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 410 8174
Capt. Pushkar Gadam Email: gadam@dgsmarine.com
Office: +44 (0) 20 7283 4230
Mob: +44 (0) 794 354 4221
Mr. Nicolas Skinner Email: n.skinner@dgsmarine.com
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 (0) 25 77 98 40
Ms. Tina Ohlhaber Email: tina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 (0) 170 22 84 764
There are no alerts for December 2011

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