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Alerts 2016

Yemeni Ports

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Further to our previous Alerts on this matter, BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that currently all Yemeni ports are operating in normal manner, excluding Ash Shihr oil terminal, Balhaf LNG terminal and Ras Isa oil terminal, which are still closed.

We would like to reiterate that vessels calling Yemeni ports must obtain entry permission from the Ministry of Transport prior to arrival. The special entry permission form should be obtained from appointed local agents and completed by ship's master to be sent directly to the Ministry of Transport on the E-mail address: Yemen.transport@gmail.com and should continue sending reminders until arriving outside Bab Al-Mandab in order to get the entry permission. Alternatively, the form can also be sent by the cargo receivers who should then follow up until the ship arrives outside Bab Al-Mandab.

Entry to Yemeni territorial waters will still be permitted only following an inspection by the naval forces of Saudi Arabian-led coalition. For more information kindly refer to our previous Alert issued in December 2015.

Again, should there be any scheduled or on-going Yemeni port calls; our Assured should ensure that there is adequate War Risk cover in place, as the situation in Yemen continues to remain volatile.

We shall 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 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Shipping Restricted in Santos Port, Brazil

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BE&O P&I would like to bring it to attention of our Assured that on 14th January 2016, around dozen containers carrying chemicals (dichloroisocyanuric acid was reported to have been stored at the time) caught fire at a terminal of one of Brazil's largest port of Santos, restricting ship movement.

The fire at the container terminal operated by logistics company Localfrio in Guaruja, on the eastern side of Santos, started around 3 p.m. Brasilia time (1700 GMT) and continued into the evening, sending plumes of smoke across the shipping channel at the commodity exporting port.

The port authority said in a statement it had stopped ships from docking at a terminal operated by Santos Brasil next to Localfrio's Alfandegado terminal because of smoke, but otherwise the port was operating normally. Santos Brasil also said its operations were stopped indefinitely.

We shall 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 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Port of Rotterdam Dock Workers Strike Begins

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BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that workers at the Port of Rotterdam's container terminals started a 24 hour strike at 3:15 p.m. local time on Thursday 7th January 2016.

It is believed that about 800 workers are estimated to be involved in the strike, with seven docked container ships expected to be affected by the action, as well as a further three ships expected to arrive during the strike.

The workers are said to be hoping that the strike action will help achieve their demand for a guarantee of job security over the next nine years in the face of two new highly automated container terminals.

However, the trade unions, employers and the Port Authority are expected to meet and discuss the issue as quickly as possible.

We shall 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 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Libyan Port under Attack from ISIS

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BE&O P&I would like to warn our Assured that during the early hours of Monday (4th January 2016), Islamic State militants attacked and tried to seize port Sidra, the largest oil port in Libya.

The militants reportedly clashed with Petrol Facilities Guard militia leaving at least seven people dead, however, the militia managed to foil the attack.

There was also attempted seizure of Ras Lanouf, however, it was not successful either.

Our Assured are advised to exercise caution when calling Libyan ports. However, should there be any scheduled or on-going calls; our Assured should ensure that there is adequate War Risk cover in place.

We shall 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 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Launch of Cyber Security Guidelines for Ships

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BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that BIMCO, together with other leading shipping organisations, i.e. CLIA, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO, has today (4th January 2016) launched a set of guidelines to help the global shipping industry prevent major safety, environmental and commercial issues that could result from a cyber incident onboard a ship.

The cyber guidelines launched today are a first for the shipping industry, developed by international shipping associations and with support from a wide range of stakeholders. The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships can be found here.

The aim of this document is to offer guidance to shipowners and operators on how to assess their operations and put in place the necessary procedures and actions to maintain the security of cyber systems onboard their ships.

Should our Assured require further information 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Update on Libyan ports

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Further to our previous Alert on this matter, BE&O P&I would like to update our Assured on the current situation regarding operation of Libyan ports. Ten ports are now open, however six ports remain closed:

Open ports:

  • Mellitah
  • Zawia
  • Tripoli
  • Misurata
  • Marsa El Brega
  • Tobruk
  • Al Khoms
  • Marsa El Hariga
  • Farwah
  • Bouri

Closed ports:

  • Benghazi
  • Derna
  • Ras Lanuf
  • Sirte
  • Zuetina
  • Es Sider

In addition, vessels should avoid navigating in the coastal waters of Benghazi, Derna and Sirte.

Our Assured are again advised to exercise caution when calling Libyan ports and request operators to provide vessel's schedules to local port agents so that they can notify the appropriate authorities. The declaration containing vessel's sailing route, type of cargo on board and type of planned operations in port (loading/discharging) shall also be submitted. Should there be any scheduled or on-going calls to Libya, our Assured should ensure that there is adequate War Risk cover in place.

We shall 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 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Strike Action Morocco

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Further to information obtained from our local correspondents, Messrs McLean Maritime Maroc, BE&O P&I would like to bring to attention of our Assured that Morocco's four largest labour unions, namely The Moroccan Labour Union (UMT), the Democratic Labour Confederation (CDT), the Democratic Labour Federation (FDT), the General Union of Workers of Morocco (UGTM), have called for a 24-hour general strike by both public- and private-sector workers on 24th February to protest government reforms of pensions and subsidies, as reported by the unions.

The strike may be well followed and most likely will affect Moroccan ports, especially the handling operations. With regards to this, we advise ship owners, managers and operators to take any possible restrictions into account.

We will continue monitoring the situation and provide an update on any developments that may affect the operation of the vessels in Moroccan ports. Should our Assured have any queries or require any further guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

New Emission Control Area - Update

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Further to our December 2015 Alert on New Emission Control Area, BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assured that China Maritime Safety Administration ("MSA") has issued Guidelines on Implementation and Supervision of Ship Emission Control Areas ("ECAs") outlining how compliance with emission control measures will be verified in the Chinese ECAs.

According to the Guidance, the following will be verified by MSA on low-sulphur vessels:

  • Bunker delivery notes;
  • Fuel change-over procedures;
  • Engine room logbook records (to include the following information about each fuel change-over: start/end dates and times; ship latitude/longitude; fuel oil sulphur content; quantity of low-sulphur fuel oil; and ship operator); and
  • Fuel oil quality (including fuel oil sampling as considered necessary, in accordance with Resolution MEPC.96 (47) and Appendix VI of MARPOL Annex VI, and analysis carried out by a laboratory recognised by Chinese state authorities).

Should a vessel not comply, penalties will be imposed for non-compliance, including warnings, instructions to rectify violations, detention of ships, and/or monetary fines as per the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Air Pollution, Article 106.

Vessels using alternative measures will be verified by MSA according to whether shore power, 'clean energy' (i.e. liquefied natural gas) or emissions reduction technology (i.e. an exhaust gas cleaning system) is used:

  • Verification of engine room logbook records (to include the reduction technology start/end dates and times; ship latitude/longitude; and ship operator);
  • Verification of the International Air Pollution Prevention ("IAPP") Certificate/Record that shows the ship is allowed to use clean energy;
  • Verification of the relevant approval certificate.

If any of the above documentation is unsatisfactory, an on-site inspection of the shore power arrangement, clean energy fuel system, or emissions reduction technology will be carried out.

Vessels unable to comply with the ECA requirements should report the situation immediately to the nearest MSA authority and record all relevant information in the vessel's logbook.

Should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Trade Restrictions on Iran

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Further to our earlier February 2016 Alert, BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that as a result of the deteriorating relations with Iran, in addition to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia has also prohibited entry of Iranian flagged vessels. The import or transhipment of cargo or merchandise of Iranian origin into Saudi Arabia will be prohibited.

Our Assured should also be reminded that the Ministry of Ports and Maritime Affairs issued an order stating that any vessel, regardless of flag, that has called at an Iranian port within its last three ports of call will require approval from the Bahrain security authorities before entering Bahraini waters. Vessels sailing directly from Iran to the ports of Bahrain are not permitted.

We shall 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 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Notice for Vessels Requiring Immobilisation, Lay-Up, Stopping or Anchoring for Repairs within South Africa's Territorial or Inland Waters

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BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that South African Maritime Safety Authority ("SAMSA") has issued Marine Notice No: 10 of 2016 stating that any vessel wishing to stop or be anchored for repairs in the territorial waters or internal waters of the Republic of South Africa, should without delay apply for permission from the Principal Officer ("PO") to do so through a local Shipping Agent. Such application should be in writing and should contain information and supporting documents as listed in Annex 1. Marine Notice No: 10 of 2016 can be viewed here.

Once the above permission been granted, vessels shall comply with such measures specified by the PO concerned as deemed reasonable and necessary in order to minimise the risk of stranding and consider the safety of the ship, its crew and / or passengers, the cargo, to prevent pollution from the ship and maintain the peace, good order and security of the Republic. Any costs incurred in implementing such measures shall be to the owner's account. The concerned PO should be immediately notified of vessel's departure when it is ready to proceed on its normal course.

Should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Filipino Seafarers Protection Act

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As our Assured would be aware, the Seafarers Protection Act (Republic Act 10706) was signed into law by the President of the Philippines on 26 November 2015, having been approved by the senators on 21 September and passed by the lawmakers on 30 September 2015. The Act is likely to become effective in the Philippines in early 2016.

The Act is aimed to protect Filipino seafarers from unscrupulous individuals/ ambulance chasers making it "unlawful" to take advantage of them by charging exorbitant fees and promising huge returns should they suffer an accident or illness while under their employment contract.

The common practice currently is to retain approximately between 30% - 60% in legal fees from the compensation amount, however, the Act limits such fees to 10% of the compensation or benefit awarded to the seafarer or his heirs.

This refers directly to cases filed for recovery of a monetary claim or benefit; ether at the National Labour Relations Commission ("NLRC"), National Conciliation and Mediation Board ("NCMB"), Philippine Overseas Employment Agency ("POEA") or the Department of Labour and Employment.

Any person who violates Section 3 of the Act (Prohibition on Ambulance Chasing) shall be punished by a fine of not less than PHP 50,000.00 (approx. USD 1,060) but not more than PHP 100,000.00 (approx. USD 2,120) or by imprisonment of not less than 1 year but not more than 2 years, or both fine and imprisonment.

It is important that our Assured keep their Filipino crew aware of this new law for their protection, and that of their families. The seafarers need to have the knowledge to be able to raise concerns about the practices of 'ambulance chasing' lawyers they or their family may come into contact with, so they are not exploited.

We shall 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 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Suspension of Bauxite Mining, Malaysia

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BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that Malaysian authorities have temporarily suspended bauxite mining for a period of three months moratorium from mid-January 2016 to gain control over an industry that has exposed gaps in Malaysia's mining laws. The main concerns are over the environmental impact of mining bauxite and lack of comprehensive regulations on mining activities in the region.

As a result, Malaysian authorities intend to put into place licensing and environmental protection regulations following which mining companies in Malaysia may not be able to operate unless provided with Approved Permits. Only the existing cargo in approved stockpiles and in the port area will be allowed to be shipped out during the period of suspension.

We shall 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 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

New Restrictions in Bahrain

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BE&O P&I would like to bring to attention of our Assured that on 7th January 2016 the authorities in Bahrain issued an Administrative Order stating that due to the recent severance of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Iran, the movement of vessels between these two countries has been restricted.

The Administrative Order states that:

  • All Bahraini-flagged vessels are prohibited from visiting any Iranian ports.
  • Iranian-flagged vessels are prohibited from entering any ports in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  • Vessels of any flag are prohibited from proceeding directly from an Iranian to a Bahraini port.
  • A vessel of any flag which visited an Iranian port as one of its last three port calls, requires approval from the Bahrain Security Authorities prior to entering Bahraini waters.

With regards to the above, we strongly advise ship owners, managers and operators to take into account the new restrictions.

We shall 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 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Alert on Zika Virus prevention measures in China

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BE&O P&I would like to bring to attention of our Assured that the Chinese Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau (CIQ) have implemented Zika Virus prevention measures which include the following requirements for all vessels calling from Zika affected areas. Currently the countries with active Zika Virus transmission are: Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Paraguay, Panama, Ecuador, Cuba and most of Central American and Caribbean countries.

  • The persons who have been in Zika affected areas and are suffering from fever, headache, muscle and joint pain or rash, need to declare this to the CIQ before entering/leaving China;
  • The vessels that have called at Zika affected areas must take all measures to eradicate mosquitos/mosquito eggs and ideally need to hold a Mosquito Eradication Certificate issued by the authorities of the affected countries.

The Mosquito Eradication Certificate should be presented during entry formalities in Chinese ports, otherwise the local CIQ will require and supervise measures to eradicate mosquitoes on board. In some ports, however, the Mosquito Eradication Certificate may not be required by the local CIQ, but vessels may be subject to inspection/investigation by local CIQ officers for mosquitos and/or mosquito eggs on-board. Therefore we highly recommend operators to obtain a Mosquito Eradication Certificate in order to minimise their vessels' potential delays.

Should our Assured have any queries or require any further guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Strike in the port of Santos, Brazil

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BE&O P&I would like to bring to attention of our Assured that the Stevedores Union of Brazil has informed that one of country's largest ports - Santos will be hit by a 24-hour strike starting on March 21st as the port's dockworkers demand wage adjustments for inflation.

The strike is scheduled to launch at 7 a.m. and last until 7 a.m. local time on Tuesday. It could, however, be extended indefinitely.

The strike will affect activities in all terminals, but it remains unclear which port services will be affected the most.

We will continue monitoring the situation and should our Assured have any queries or require any further guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

New EU Guidelines on Places of Refuge

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BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that the new EU Operational Guidelines has recently been agreed by the EU Member States for ships in need of assistance. The EU Operational Guidelines can be viewed here.

The Guidelines have been developed by an expert group composed of Member States' competent authorities, with the input and support of industry stakeholders, following an initiative of the Commission, prompted by a series of maritime incidents involving ships in distress in waters outside the jurisdiction of any one state, which evidenced a need to enhance cooperation between Member States confronted with a ship in need of assistance.

The Guidelines provide practical guidance for the different parties involved in the process of managing a request for a place of refuge from a ship in need of assistance to facilitate effective decision making. Each state involved in the operation should examine their ability to provide a place of refuge. Such place of refuge cannot be refused for commercial or financial reasons, nor should commercial interests become the main driver for the handling of port of refuge requests, or the selection of potential port of refuge. Unless deemed unsafe, states should not deny entry to a port in their jurisdiction without first carrying out a proper risk assessment of the casualty.

Should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

INCREASE IN ISPS CODE SECURITY LEVEL

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It has come to the knowledge of BE&O P&I that the UK is monitoring possible terrorism risks in the Mediterranean Central Sea Area, specifically in the southern part of the Sea Area close to Libyan territorial waters. As a result, the ISPS Code Security Level for the Mediterranean Central Sea area has been raised to SL2 with immediate effect for UK flagged ships, and it is recommended that all UK flagged shipping stay within International Seaways, and remain as far from Libyan territorial waters as reasonably practicable.

Our Assured are advised to note the UK position and consider checking the situation with their respective Flag states and maintain caution when transiting the area and follow the above guidance.

Should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Change of Immigration Restrictions for Crew Changes

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BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that in view of change of immigration regulations, UAE has permitted to conduct crew changes through Fujairah port Immigration for vessels arriving from/departing to Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Djibouti, Algeria and Lebanon.

However, members of the crew who are nationals of the aforementioned countries are not permitted to join or disembark through the Fujairah port.

We shall 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 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Alert on the presence of Admiralty Charts on board the vessels transiting Suez Canal

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BE&O P&I would like to bring to attention of our Assured that the Suez Canal Authority advised that ships transiting the Canal must have Admiralty Charts Nos. SCO1 & SCO2 on board. It has now been confirmed that it is not sufficient to have only e-copies of these charts on board and the paper copies are required. If these are found not to be on board, the vessel may be fined.

We would recommend ships operators to ensure that paper copies of the charts are available on board in order to prevent unnecessary fines or delays in vessels' canal transits. Copies of the charts can be obtained from respective chart supply agents.

Should our Assured have any queries or require any further guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Strike in Brunsbüttel, Germany

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BE&O P&I would like to bring to attention of our Assured that German workers' union has announced a 24-hour strike action at the German Brunsbüttel locks near Kiel Canal. The strike is scheduled to start at 6 am local time on April 21st, and is expected to end on April 22nd.

It is reported that the strike could cause some delays in vessel traffic during night time operations. Delays at the daytime are not expected, depending on availability of private linesmen.

We will continue monitoring the situation and should our Assured have any queries or require any further guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Counterfeit ADMIRALTY Products

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BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that UK Hydrographic Office ("UKHO") has reissued its warning over an increase in the number of counterfeit versions of ADMIRALTY charts and publications in circulation.

The information contained within counterfeit products has not been issued officially by or on the authority of a Government, authorised Hydrographic Office or other relevant Government institution and does not satisfy the carriage requirements of the International Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea ("SOLAS"). Neither was it assessed by UKHO experts to ensure mariners receive up-to-date and accurate information. As a result, counterfeit charts and publications can significantly increase safety risks posed to vessels, crew and cargo when used for navigation.

Our Assured should be reminded that the carriage of counterfeit charts and publications may be contrary to the laws of Flag State Authorities and Port State Control. Furthermore, carriage of counterfeit documents is against the law in majority of countries.

Should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

New Charterparty Published

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BE&O P&I would like to bring it to attention of our Assured that on 6th April 2016 Baltic and International Maritime Council ("BIMCO") and the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers ("GIIGNL") have jointly issued the first definitive voyage charter party - LNGVOY - designed for the expanding LNG spot market.

One of the main goals of LNGVOY is to provide a charter party whereby the charterer can assess, with a greater degree of accuracy, the cost of transporting LNG from A to B and/or C.

The following essential issues have been addressed for voyage charters:

  • A "boil-off" cap whereby both owner and charterer agree on a negotiated maximum quantity of boil-off over the voyage. In case the cap is exceeded, a compensation structure, agreed during negotiations, is applied, subject to a few limited exceptions.
  • LNG Heel at the commencement and completion of the voyage - it was considered that legal title (ie ownership) to the heel should remain with the owner throughout the charter and that there would be a balancing payment between the quantities remaining on board, again, at the commencement and completion of the voyage. This arrangement helps avoid potential issues with administration and bills of lading etc.
  • Presentation - condition of the cargo tanks on arrival at the loading port is now covered. The costs involved can be handled adequately under a voyage charter as opposed to a time charter trip covering the three potential conditions:
    •  cooled down ready to load;
    •  warm under natural gas vapours;
    •  warm and inerted.
  • Arrival at discharge port - given the inherent nature of the cargo, scheduling of arrival times at discharge carries great importance and delays can be very costly. As a result, most voyages have a specific delivery window and risks of delay and ensuing boil-off have been allocated.

Should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Strikes in Greece and France

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Thursday 26th May will see Greek port workers go ahead with their planned 48-hour walkout, following their strike in protest of the sale of Greece’s two largest ports. The agreed sales are part of Athens’ exchange for bailout loans. A Chinese shipping company is the current highest bidder for Piraeus Port, while bids for Thessaloniki Port will be confirmed in September. Interests have been noted from Container Terminals in Denmark, Philippines and Dubai.

Amidst the fear of employment cuts, port workers are being supported by their union and have subsequently staged repeated strikes. The walkout will no doubt result in an accumulation of containers and cause further disruptions to cargo loading/unloading operations.

Strikes continue in France against the government’s labour market liberalisation reforms, with the port workers now setting up blockades at oil terminals at all eight of France’s refineries and multiple ports. The strikes and blockades have caused so much disruption to oil production that over 20% of France’s fuel stations have run dry.

Instead of rerouting vessels, a queue of tankers has formed off Le Havre Port, which has now limited the amount of cargo vessels permitted as a direct result of the strike. A rising amount of demurrage charges for these queueing vessels has now begun. The French government are remaining firm and are working towards clearing the blockades as soon as possible.

Should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Crew Change in Istanbul

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Following the deadly attack on Istanbul Ataturk International Airport at late night of 28th June, resulted with 36 people killed and 147 injured, BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assured and their vessels' operators to use Istanbul Gokcen International Airport for their crew changes.

Istanbul Ataturk International Airport is still being affected negatively in the aftermath of the attack, with many cancelled flights and delays. All customs clearance will also be delayed until the operations at the airport return to normal.

We will continue monitoring the situation and should our Assured have any queries or require any further guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

New SOLAS Amendments - Atmosphere testing

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The BE&O P&I would like to bring to the attention of our Assured that new SOLAS amendment Regulation XI - 1/7 on atmosphere testing in enclosed spaces will come into force on 1st July 2016.

From that date all ships will be required to carry on board an appropriate portable atmosphere testing instrument or instruments, capable of measuring concentrations of oxygen, flammable gases or vapours, hydrogen sulphide and carbon monoxide and be used prior to entry into enclosed spaces. Consequential amendments to the Code for the Construction and Equipment of Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (1979, 1989 and 2009 MODU Codes) were also adopted. The MSC approved a related MSC Circular on Early implementation of SOLAS regulation XI-1/7 on Atmosphere testing instrument for enclosed spaces.

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

Source: IMO

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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

The current situation in Turkey

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BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assured that the current situation in Turkey appears to be generally safe after an attempted coup overnight on 15th - 16th July. The security environment, however, remains potentially volatile and operators of vessels calling or intending to call at the ports of Turkey are requested to take additional safety precautions. The latest information received from our correspondents says that:

  • Turkish straits at Bosphorus and Dardanelles are fully operational;
  • The repair activity in Tuzla area remains unaffected and continues normally;
  • Other country ports are reported to operate normally;
  • Vessel clearances cannot currently be granted at Karadeniz Eregli anchorage, as well as some other anchorage areas including Mersin;
  • There might be some delays to sailing clearances due to extra security by the authorities.

We will continue monitoring the situation and should our Assured have any queries or require any further guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Alert on new container weighing regulations

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BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assured that International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention, Chapter VI Regulation 2 - Cargo information regarding a mandatory container gross weight verification, together with associated guidelines published as MSC.1/Circ. 1475.

Effective 1st July 2016, all packed containers are required to have a verified gross weight (VGW - gross cargo weight including weight of all packing material plus container tare weight) declared by shippers. Starting 1st July 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will enforce globally the SOLAS Convention requirements regarding the verification of the gross weight of packed containers.

VGW is used for vessel planning and safe stowage and need to be declared prior to shipment. Cargo will not be loaded onto a vessel unless a certified VGW is provided. Please also see our 'The Compass' Spring 2016 Edition 20 for a detailed write up on this.

Should our Assured have any queries or require any further guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Tokyo MOU: Launch of Concentrated Inspection Campaign

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We would like to inform our Assureds that the Tokyo MOU have announced their new concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC). The basis of this campaign is to evaluate the compliance of ships with the applicable cargo securing arrangements. This will run from 1st September 2016 - 30th November 2016.

The main objectives of the campaign are as follows:

  • To measure compliance with the requirements of the applicable international conventions;
  • Ensure that the Master, officers and crew are familiar with procedures for cargo securing arrangements; and
  • Raise awareness of the hazards associated with cargo securing and with safe practices for cargo securing.

The CIC will be undertaken during normal Port State Inspections. However, it should be noted that Port State Control actions as a result of the CIC may range from additional deficiencies on cargo securing arrangements to be noted to more severe control measures such as ship detention. Toyko Mou have stated that ships will only be subjected to one CIC inspection during this period.

The BE&O would like to encourage our Assured to ensure that the cargo securing manuals are up to date. Also Masters and crew are encouraged to review the cargo securing procedures and arrangements as outlined in the manual to ensure that they are securing cargo in accordance to the cargo securing manual and following all applicable safety procedures.

Please find full circular here.

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

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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Alerts 2015

Non-Indian flagged and Non IG Club Entered vessels calling Indian Ports

Further to our previous alerts on this matter, BE&O P&I would like to remind our assured of the Indian port authority requirements restricting entry for Non-Indian flagged vessels covered by non-IG Group clubs into Indian ports.

Given that such owners are experiencing delays to their vessel schedules, BE&O P&I requests all our Assured with Non-Indian flag vessels calling Ports in India to contact the facility via their local agents in advance.

To reiterate, vessels which have obtained P&I cover from Non-IG Group Insurance companies are required to provide a Letter of Confirmation of Cover for the Pollution and Wreck Removal risks issued by a local P&I Correspondent confirming vessel financial security as required under Oil Pollution and Wreck removal International conventions.

BE&O P&I Facility will provide full assistance for vessel entry into Indian ports and again, in order not to have any delays please contact us as early as possible.

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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

EU Sanctions on Syrian Jet Fuel

BE&O P&I would like to bring to our Assured's notice that new EU Council Decision 2014/901 CFSP, has been adapted on 12th December 2014, which amends the Decision 2013/255/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Syria.

The new Decision 2014/901 CFSP inserts a new Article 7a which states:

  1. "The sale, supply, transfer or export of jet fuel and additives specifically formulated for jet fuel to Syria by nationals of Member States, or from the territories of Member States, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, shall be prohibited, whether originating or not in their territories.
  2. It shall be prohibited to provide, directly or indirectly, financing or financial assistance, as well as insurance and reinsurance or brokering services, related to any sale, supply, transfer or export of jet fuel and additives as referred to in paragraph 1.
  3. The competent authorities of a Member State may authorise the sale, supply, transfer or export of jet fuel and additives to Syria or the provision of direct or indirect financing, financial assistance, insurance, reinsurance or brokering services, necessary for use by the United Nations or bodies acting on its behalf for humanitarian purposes such as delivering or facilitating the delivery of assistance, including medical supplies, food, or the transfer of humanitarian workers and related assistance or for evacuations from Syria or within Syria.
  4. The prohibitions in paragraphs 1 and 2 shall not apply to jet fuel and additives exclusively used by non-Syrian civilian aircraft landing in Syria, provided that they are intended and used solely for the continuation of the flight operation of the aircraft into which they were loaded.
  5. The Union shall take the necessary measures in order to determine the relevant items to be covered by this Article."

The EU Council Decision 2014/901 CFSP can be found here.

We shall 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 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

BE&O P&I Approvals From Indian Authorities

BE&O P&I would like to inform all our assured that we are in discussions with the Director General Shipping India on renewal of BE&O P&I as an approved insurer.

To reiterate, this approval is required under the Rule 2 (e) & Rule 5 of the Merchant Shipping (Regulation of Entry of Ships into Ports Anchorages and Offshore Facilities) Rules 2012, for vessels other than Indian vessels insured by Non IG Insurance companies when entering Indian waters.

BE&O P&I has been an approved insurer from 2012 and we will update all our assured of the outcome as soon as we receive it.

In the interim, we advise our assured calling Indian ports, terminals, anchorages or seeking port facilities or Indian offshore facilities in Indian territorial water to be aware of the situation and should there be any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Facility.

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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Port Said Warning

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that a scam in Port Said has come to light whereby personnel board ships at Port Said outer anchorage claiming to arrange test analyses for vessel's crew members and that such tests done as per Suez Canal Authority ("SCA") instructions. However, please note that such instructions have not been issued by the SCA.

Our Assured are advised to contact SCA or local agents in Egypt should there be any doubt regarding authenticity of such personnel or guidelines and procedures at Said Port.

We shall continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated as things progress. In the interim, 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Atmosphere Testing Instrument for Enclosed Spaces

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that the International Maritime Organisation ("IMO") has invited SOLAS contracting Governments via IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1485 (which can be found here) to voluntarily implement SOLAS regulation XI-1/7 to ships entitled to fly their flags, as soon as practicable, taking into account that the entry-into-force date of the corresponding amendments to SOLAS is 1 July 2016.

This has been done with a view to expedite the carriage of portable atmosphere testing instruments for enclosed spaces.

The Regulation XI-1/7 states:

Regulation 7 - Atmosphere testing instrument for enclosed spaces

Every ship to which chapter I applies shall carry an appropriate portable atmosphere testing instrument or instruments*. As a minimum, these shall be capable of measuring concentrations of oxygen, flammable gases or vapours, hydrogen sulphide and carbon monoxide prior to entry into enclosed spaces**. Instruments carried under other requirements may satisfy this regulation. Suitable means shall be provided for the calibration of all such instruments.


*Refer to the Guidelines to facilitate the selection of portable atmosphere testing instruments for enclosed spaces as required by SOLAS regulation XI-1/7 (MSC.1/Circ.1477).

**Refer to the Revised recommendations for entering enclosed spaces aboard ships (resolution A.1050(27)).

Given the dangers associated with entry into enclosed spaces, we highly recommend to all our Assured irrespective of size of vessels to comply with this requirement. Should our Assured have any further queries or require guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Verification of Container Weights - Amendments to SOLAS Chapter VI

The International Maritime Organisation ("IMO") in order to increase safety of workers both onboard and ashore, safety of cargo and overall safety at sea has amended SOLAS Chapter VI, Part A, Regulation 2, which will enter into force from 1st July 2016. The amended regulation holds the shipper responsible for verifying a packed container gross weight. Such weight after verification is to be mentioned in the shipping document and "signed" - meaning a specific person representing the shipper is named and identified as having verified the accuracy of the weight calculation on behalf of the shipper.

The weight verification can be carried out either by weighing the packed container using calibrated and certified equipment or by weighing all packages and cargo items and adding the tare mass (mass of an empty container) to the sum of the single masses.

Our Assured should note that once the amendments are in force; it will be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container aboard a vessel to which SOLAS applies without proper weight verification.

IMO guidelines on this matter can be found here.

Should the Assured require any specific information and/or guidance in connection with the new requirements, please do not hesitate to contact the Facility. In any case BE&O P&I will update our Assured of development closer to time.

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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Risk of Damage to Cargo from Bunker Fuel Heating

BE&O P&I would like to draw our Assured's attention that the industry is experiencing an increasing number of cargo claims due to overheating after being stowed adjacent to bunker tanks. Cargoes such as soybean, wheat, rice and maze are susceptible to such damages.

Our Assured are advised that in case the vessel construction is such that cargo will not be adequately protected from heated bunker tanks, then appropriate stowage plans should be prepared taking into account this hazard. If required, a false bulkhead should be constructed, which acts as insulation between heated bunker tanks and cargo. In any case, the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code ("IMSBC") should be referred and adhered to. Bunker tanks should not be heated in an uncontrolled manner and proper temperature records should be maintained as part of defence against claims.

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

New Uruguay Oil Spill Response Contract Requirements

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that on 20th February 2015, Disposicion Maritima Number 149 ("Regulation") has been established under the scope of Uruguayan Law Number 19.012 of 23rd November 2012. The aim of the Regulation is to establish a set of rules governing the requirement for owners (among other requirements) to contract with an Oil Spill Response Company ("OSRO") approved by Uruguayan Coast Guard.

The full text of the Regulation can be found here. Brief Regulation requirements are as follows:

  • The local agent needs to conclude an Oil Spill Response Clean-Up contract with Uruguayan Coast Guard approved OSRO at least 24 hours before entering any Uruguayan port or an anchorage in Uruguayan waters for any of the below listed vessels (unless the vessel is Uruguayan flagged):
    1. All tank vessels or barges regardless of size;
    2. All vessels where the Uruguayan authorities have determined that the vessel has a deficiency which could result in her grounding or sinking;
    3. All vessels at anchorage in Uruguayan waters for a period of more than 24 hours;
    4. All vessels engaged in exploration or exploitation of resources in the Uruguayan Exclusive Economic Zone ("EEZ").
  • Where vessels are under the Uruguayan Flag, Owners may contract direct with the OSROs.
  • Where vessels falls within the above scope of 1-4, it is a requirement to provide the following documentation to the local authorities:
    1. Evidence of the vessel's P&I cover(by means of Certificate of Entry);
    2. Vessel's State certificate issued in accordance with the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1992 in the event that a tanker vessel is carrying more than 2,000 tons of persistent oil in bulk as cargo;
    3. A certificate of cover, provided by the OSRO, in the format required by the Regulation. This is in to evidence that the Owner has entered into an OSRO contract with the approved contractor.

We shall continue to review the Regulation and keep our Assured updated on any new developments. In the interim, should our Assured have any further queries on the above or require details of approved OSROs, 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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Definition of Garbage from Ships is Expanded

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that the Hong Kong Merchant Shipping Regulation for Prevention of Pollution by Garbage is revised to include nine new categories to the definition of garbage from ships and now includes food wastes, operational wastes, cooking oil, fishing gear and animal carcasses. This change is in place since 15 April 2015 and in effect makes the Regulation to be in line with International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships ("MARPOL") Annex V requirements.

Similar to International Maritime Organisation ("IMO") MARPOL Annex V, the Hong Kong Merchant Shipping Regulation will set out requirements for ships to display placards to notify the crew of the discharge requirements and to maintain Garbage Management Plans and Garbage Record Books.

Our Assured are reminded to comply with all international and applicable local regulations at all times.

Should our Assured 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Yemeni Ports Crisis - Update

Further to our Alert earlier this month, BE&O P&I would like to update our Assured that navigation into Yemeni territorial waters has been banned and ships are not allowed into Yemen unless inspected and approved by the Saudi-led coalition forces.

The ban was put in place on 13th April 2015, after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Yemen delegated the coalition forces to implement the same.

It has also been reported that Saudi Arabian-led naval forces have started to enforce a blockade on Yemeni ports, namely those, which may be under the control of Houthi-led forces fighting government forces across Yemen.

Furthermore, Yemen's producer and exporter of liquefied natural gas Yemen LNG Company is halting all operations due to continued worsening of the security situation in the vicinity of Belhaf.

We shall 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 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Yemeni Ports Crisis

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that the situation in Yemen is becoming increasingly unsteady due to the ongoing military clashes.

Latest reports indicate that vessel movement into Yemeni ports are restricted by the coalition naval forces in order to prevent weapons and fighters from entering or leaving Yemen.

It has also been reported that al-Qaeda had seized the port city of Al-Mukalla.

The Red Sea port of Hudaydah (Hodeida) is reported to be still functioning although within a Houthi-controlled area. The port had been subjected to an air strike last week causing numerous civilian deaths. Import and export have ceased with Yemen-bound ships being diverted to other ports in the region.

Furthermore, the port of Aden is reported to be closed, although the oil refinery is said to be operating. Ports along the southern shore of the Gulf of Aden are becoming congested with diverted vessels and refugee ships.

In response to the escalated fighting between government forces and Houthi rebels, both Egypt and Saudi Arabia are organising navy ships to patrol the port.

However, according to a Suez Canal Authority ("SCA") official, the military clashes in Yemen have not affected the passage of ships through the Suez Canal, which appears to operate without disruption.

Our Assured are advised to avoid calling at Yemeni ports. However, should there be any scheduled or on-going port calls in Yemen; our Assured should ensure that there is adequate War Risk cover in place.

We shall 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 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

South Asia Ship Scrapping Ban

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that European Union ("EU") endeavours to ban the Owners from scrapping ships on South Asian beaches.

New EU rules are to be put into place to ensure that EU registered vessels are only recycled in sustainable facilities lowering the environmental and human cost of the current process of dismantling vessels on South Asian beaches.

It will be the first large scale implementation of the International Maritime Organisation's ("IMO") 2009 Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling, which until now has only been ratified by only Congo Republic, France and Norway.

A list of the sustainable facilities is expected to be published in 2016 and may include the yards in Europe, Turkey, China and North America.

We shall keep our Assured informed of any further developments, in the meantime, should you 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

India Welcomes Ballast Water Management Convention

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that India's Union Cabinet approved the introduction of the Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill 2015 and accession to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (Ballast Water Management Convention) of International Maritime Organization ("IMO").

In line with the Convention, all new ships are required to implement an approved Ballast Water and Sediments Management Plan. All new ships will also have to carry a Ballast Water Record Book and follow ballast water management procedures to a particular standard.

Existing ships will be required to do the same but after a phase-in period (yet to be confirmed). Ships are required to be surveyed and certified and may also be inspected by Port State Control officers who can verify that the ship has a valid certificate. They can also inspect the Ballast Water Record Book and in some situations, sample the ballast water.

All Indian ships of 400 Gross Tonnage (GT) and above, except for those not designed to carry ballast water, warships, naval auxiliary or other government-owned non-commercial, on international voyages are required to possess an International Ballast Water Management Certificate. Vessels below 400 GT trading within the Indian territorial waters shall be issued an Indian Ballast Water Management Certificate.

Should our Assured have any further 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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Limits of Liability for Maritime Claims Increased

Further to our July 2012 Alert on Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims ("LLMC"), BE&O P&I would like to remind our Assured of the limits of compensation payable for a maritime incident under the 1996 Protocol to the 1976 LLMC have increased as of 8th June 2015.

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 new limits are as follows:

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR LOSS OF LIFE OR PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS

Vessel Tonnage Previous SDR Rates Current 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 Previous SDR Rates Current 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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Enclosed Space Entry on Agenda for Paris and Tokyo MoUs

BE&O P&I would like to bring to the attention of our Assured that the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control ("MoU") agreed that a Concentrated Inspection Campaign ("CIC") on crew familiarisation for enclosed space entry is scheduled from September to November this year.

Our Assured should be reminded that in January 2015 enclosed space entry drills and training every two months became mandatory under amendments to SOLAS.

The above importance is given to crew's familiarisation for enclosed space entry due to an increasing number of people being injured or dying in enclosed spaces than by way of any other related onboard work activity. The issue seems to persist despite numerous guidelines, safety regimes, operational procedures manuals and assurance surveys.

Should our Assured require any assistance or guidance on above, 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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Penalties for Non-Compliance with New Hong Kong Low Sulphur Regulation

BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assured that as of 1st July 2015, a regulation known as the "Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels)(Fuel at Berth) Regulation (Cap.311AA)" comes into force. The regulation will apply to any moored or anchored Ocean-Going Vessel ("OGV") at any berth in Hong Kong waters, excluding the first hour after the vessel's arrival and the last hour before its departure.

The new regulation will require OGVs to use compliant fuels while operating main engines (except when used for the propulsion of the vessel), auxiliary engines, boilers or generators. Failure to do so will result in a maximum fine of USD $200,000 and six months imprisonment.

Compliant fuels are identified under the regulation as any low-sulphur fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.5 percent by weight, liquefied natural gas (LNG), or any other fuel approved by the Hong Kong authority.

Furthermore, operators will also be required to record the date and time of fuel switching and keep the records for three years. Failure to do the same will be punishable to a maximum fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for three months.

Lastly, OGVs may be exempt from fuel switching at a berth in Hong Kong if they use technology that can achieve the same or less SO2 emissions as compliant fuel.

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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

New Electronic Reporting System

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that a new electronic reporting system known as "National Single Window" has been implemented throughout European Union.

The new system has just come into operation from 1st June 2015 and is aimed at reducing the administrative burden during vessel Port calls in the European Union. The system will abolish the need of repeated reporting of identical information by master of the vessel (or his representative). The information will only have to be reported to one authority in the EU Country that the vessel calls. The information is stored on a central database accessible to all relevant authorities within and can be accessed upon request by non-EU member states as well.

Should our Assured require any further information, 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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

EUNAVFOR Med Being Established by EU

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that the EU Council has agreed and decided to establish a military operation to try and stop human trafficking by sea in the Mediterranean called EUNAVFOR Med.

The formal operational planning for the naval operation has already begun. It is expected to be conducted in sequential phases and in accordance with the requirements of international laws. Following planning, the naval operation will work to search, seize and disrupt the possessions of smugglers, based on international law and in partnership with Libyan authorities.

The decision was welcomed by Baltic and International Maritime Council ("BIMCO"), representing globally around 130 countries.

We shall keep our Assured updated as the above operation progresses, in the meantime, should our Assured have any 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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Nickel Ore Shipments from Philippines Alert

BE&O P&I would like to remind our Assured to be extra cautious whilst loading nickel ore cargoes at Philippine ports due to the heavy monsoon season running from now till November.

Following the industry reports, a bulk carrier which had loaded a cargo of nickel ore at Suriago, Philippines, experienced cargo liquefaction which resulted in the evacuation of crew due to loss of ship stability and it is reported that one seafarer is said to have lost his life during the abandoning of the ship operation.

Our Assured should be reminded that full compliance of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ("IMSBC") Code has to be adhered to when loading Group A cargoes during this time of the monsoon season.

Should our Assured require any further assistance or guidance on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Source: BIMCO

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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Use of Unauthorised GUARDCON Contracts

BE&O P&I would like to warn our Assured against a number of private maritime security companies ("PMSCs") who are using unauthorised copies of BIMCO's GUARDCON to conclude transit agreements with ship owners.

Several cases have already been highlighted by BIMCO whereby the amended wording of GUARDCON, to that found in the genuine GUARDCON published by BIMCO, was discovered to have been used. Since these changes are not clearly marked in the text it may be quite difficult for a ship owner to notice the discrepancies.

BE&O P&I strongly recommends that our Assured verify the source of any GUARDCON contract they are presented with to establish that it authentic.

Should our Assured require any further guidance on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Source: BIMCO

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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Amendments to the IMDG Code

BE&O P&I would like to inform all our Assured of the new amendments to the IMDG Code which will enter into force on the 1st of January 2016.

There are a number of changes to the code and of particular interest are;

  • The dangerous goods list has been re-organised and column 16 for Stowage and Segregation has been split to 16(a) and 16 (b). 16(a) is stowage and handling and 16(b) is segregation.
  • Clarifications on classifying viscous flammable liquids have been provided.
  • Significant revisions to the requirements for Class 7 radioactive substances are also included.
  • Most importantly twelve new United Nations (UN) numbers have been added.

Our Assured should be advised that although amendments will be in force as of the above stated date, same may be applied in whole or in part on a voluntary basis as soon as possible.

Should there is any query in connection to the relevant amendments please do not hesitate to contact the 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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

New Customs tax - Ivory Coast

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that on 1 July 2015 the customs authorities in Abidjan, Ivory Coast issued a notice warning that in addition to any fines arising from differences between the cargo manifest and the final outturn figures as determined by shore tally, a customs tax payment for mis-declared cargo must be made in accordance with Article 285 of the Ivorian Customs Code.

The application of the customs tax has not been strictly enforced in the past and is determined, in part, by the market value of the mis-declared cargo. The precise method now used by the customs authorities is unclear; however it would appear that the enforcement of Article 285 might result in higher penalties for cargo shortages or overlandings in Abidjan.

In the event of fines imposed for discrepancies, it has been customary for the vessel's local agent to request security for the amount specified. It is possible that local agents will now request additional security to cover the payment of any customs tax demands.

In Abidjan, vessels are generally prevented from sailing until the fine has been paid or sufficient security has been lodged with the local agent.

Should our Assured require any further information or guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Container Safety Guidelines

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that new overweight container regulations come into force on 1st July 2016 whereby the shippers will be required to verify the gross weight of a packed export container before the container is loaded aboard ship. This is done in order to reduce damage to ships and injuries or deaths involving seafarers.

The rules stipulate that packed containers received at a port for export without a verified gross weight shall not be loaded on a vessel until weight verification is obtained.

Any costs incurred by vessel or terminal operators for obtaining a gross weight if a shipper fails to provide it in a timely manner will be a commercial matter for the parties to determine.

The World Shipping Council ("WSC") published guidelines to that effect on 1st July 2015 to be used by shippers, carriers, and terminal operators to meet the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea ("SOLAS") weight verification scheme.

The guidelines also stipulate that port facilities and vessel operators do not need to re-weigh a packed inbound container that is to be transshipped if the container was delivered with a verified weight on a vessel from the previous leg of the voyage.

Should our Assured require any further guidance on the above, 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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Enclosed Space Entry on Agenda for Indian Ocean MoU

Further to our June 2015 Alert, BE&O P&I would like to also bring to the attention of our Assured that the Indian Ocean Memorandum of Understanding ("IOMoU") will carry out Concentrated Inspection Campaign ("CIC") on Crew Familiarisation for Enclosed Space Entry. Such campaign shall be conducted simultaneously with the Paris MoU, Tokyo MoU as well as other MoUs from 1st September 2015 until 30th November 2015.

The purpose of this CIC is to check the level of training of crew members responsible for testing the atmosphere in enclosed spaces and familiarisation with the relevant equipment and identify and understand the hazards associated with the entry into enclosed space.

Should our Assured require any assistance or guidance on above, 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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Ongoing Wrongful Ballast Testing in Ukraine

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that as per Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Order dated 18th March 2015 (filing No. 343/26788) there is no longer a requirement to chemically control segregated ballast water on vessels arriving Ukraine.

It has, however, been reported that local Ukrainian ecological inspection officials are still attempting to gain access on board to carry out sampling tests and impose fines on the vessels despite the new Order. It should be noted that these inspectors have no authority to analyse the ballast water.

We recommend that a strict gangway watch is maintained and persons claiming to be such inspectors to be questioned thoroughly of their intent.

Should our Assured require any further information or guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Mandatory Yellow Fever Precautions Announced by Mumbai Port Health Authority

BE&O P&I would like to remind our Assured that vessels calling Mumbai port within 30 days from the date of departure at ports in countries where Yellow Fever is widespread, will be subject to Indian port health rules and mandatory health checks.

Seafarers arriving from an affected country within six days from the date of departure will be required to produce a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. Those unable to produce a certificate will be quarantined until the end of the six day period.

The countries affected by Yellow Fever in Africa are: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Ivory Coast, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, Togo and Uganda. And in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela.

Should our Assured have any further 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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Port of Aden Resumes Operations

Further to our April 2015 Alerts, BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that the Port of Aden has now resumed operations after being closed due to political unrest in Yemen.

On 13th August 2015, the Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation has issued a Circular announcing that the port is now open and has received more than ten vessels since the cessation of hostilities.

The Aden Ports Development Company ("APDC") also advised that Aden Container Terminal ("ACT") was undamaged during the crisis and is ready to resume handling commercial vessels.

ACT said it was ready to receive commercial ships "as usual" and to carry out terminal handling activities, including ship-to-shore or yard or Gate-In and Gate-Out operations.

Should our Assured require further information 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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Tianjin Port Explosions - UPDATE

Further to our recent alert on Tianjin Port, we would like to update our assured that limited vessel loading and discharging operations have resumed and the container terminals are said to be fully operational following the explosions that occurred on Wednesday 12th August. However, vessel movements through the port's main shipping channel remains restricted.

Oil terminals remain mostly closed due to ongoing safety concerns.

No vessel damages have been reported so far as a consequence of the blasts but unfortunately the death toll has now increased to 114 people.

It has been reported that the area where the explosion took place is a vast cargo storage area where many containerised cargoes and new vehicles have been destroyed. Highways, roads and rail services into the port have been damaged which has restricted that amount of cargo that can flow through the port.

We recommend our Assured to keep in close contact with the local agents to obtain any information and advice prior to arriving at Tianjin Port.

The facility will continue to update our Assured as things progress and should our Assured require any further assistance or guidance on this issue, 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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Tianjin Port Explosions

At 23.30 local time, the North Eastern Chinese Port of Tianjin was rocked by two large explosions which were reportedly taken place in a dangerous goods warehouse located within the port area. It has been stated that the first explosion had the magnitude of 3 tonnes of TNT whilst the second was equivalent to 21 tonnes of the explosive. The blast shattered buildings, cars and knocked down walls within a 2km radius.

Unfortunately the current death toll is at 44 people with over 500 people injured.

Tests are currently being undertaken to check pollution levels both in the air and surrounding coastal waters. Shipping lanes into Tianjin are currently closed disrupting tanker traffic and dry bulk cargo shipments.

The port is a major receiving facility for iron ore, coal, crude oil and containerised cargoes. Tianjin handles 5.5% of Chinas iron ore imports and 30% of steel exports. The effects of this incident remains to be seen and in any case the facility will update our Assured as things progress. In the interim, we request our Assured to contact the local agents in advance to obtain specific information and consider this incident whilst fixing vessels to Tianjin Port.

The Facility will endeavour to keep our Assureds updated on all progresses and shall inform when normal or part operations for the Port recommence.

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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Ballast Water Exchange in the North Sea

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that the BWM.2 Circular 56 has just been published by International Maritime Organisation ("IMO") regarding designation of areas for ballast water exchange in the North Sea in accordance with regulation B-4.2 of the Ballast Water Management ("BWM") Convention. The BWM.2 Circular 56 can be viewed here.

Regulation B-4.2 of the Convention allows ports States to designate areas, in consultation with adjacent or other States, as appropriate, where ships may conduct ballast water exchange.

The decision to designate ballast water exchange areas in the North Sea was endorsed by Oslo and Paris Commission ("OSPAR") in 2014 and is for intra North Sea traffic only. This is a temporary regulation and shall terminate when ships shall meet regulation D-2 of the Convention (ultimately 2016 for all categories of ships).

Ships on a voyage between 2 ports located in the North Sea, which under the Convention shall at least meet the standard described in regulation D-1, may conduct ballast water exchange in the designated ballast water exchange area in the North Sea.

Should our Assured require any further guidance 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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

EU Guidance for Sulphur Content Compliance

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that the European Maritime Safety Agency ("EMSA") European Union Agency published a document which intends to provide guidance for a harmonised approach to the inspection of ships, ascertaining their compliance or identifying non-compliance and applying control for the enforcement of Council Directive 1999/32/EC with regards to sulphur content of marine fuels. Sulphur inspection guidance can be viewed here.

The Directive is applicable to all ships of all flags, EU and non-EU. The Directive sets sulphur content limits in the marine fuels that can be used by ships in territorial seas, exclusive economic zones and pollution control zones of the EU Member States, including SOx Emission Control Areas ("SECA").

The Directive requirements will form the base of all sulphur inspections; however, should the Directive lack guidance, relevant IMO Conventions should be used as guidance. At the same time, if neither the Directive nor the IMO Conventions are applicable (i.e. due to ship type/tonnage etc.), the competent authorities of the Member States will enforce/regulate the inspections.

Should our Assured require any further guidance on 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Frequently Asked Questions About the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006

We would like to bring to our Assured's attention the latest addition of "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006" is now available.

The FAQ illustrates the most commonly asked questions regarding the application of the MLC 2006 and we believe it is a useful tool for our Assured when employing the MLC. The document can be found here.

Should our Assured require any further assistance or guidance 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

IMO Issues ECDIS Guidelines

ECIDS being a complex, safety- relevant, software based system with multiple option for display and integration, the Facility would like to inform our Assured that IMO has made a new circular putting several other relevant circulars into one publication for easy reference.

The new circular has been laid out in individual sections which outline the following:

  • Chart carriage
  • Maintenance of ECDIS Software
  • Operating Anomalies Identified within ECDIS
  • Differences between Raster Chart Display System (RCDS) and ECDIS
  • ECDIS Training
  • Transitioning from Paper Charts to ECDIS Navigation
  • Guidance on Training and Assessment in the Operational use of ECDIS simulators.

For full information please click here

Should our Assured require any further assistance or guidance on this issue, 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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

24hr Strike in Indian Ports

BE&O P&I would like to bring to our Assured's attention the possibility of severe delays following a 24 hour general strike held in India on 2nd September 2015. The strike, involved 11 major trade unions, affecting the shipping industry enormously and caused the closure of all major ports and terminals within the country. Cargo, towing and pilotage operations ceased, with operations only taking place in the event of an emergency.

With the strike action coming to an end at 7:00am 3rd September 2015, it can lead to the possibility of delays in cargo deliveries, port congestions both causing disruptions to Ship- Owners and Managers.

We recommend our Assured to get in touch with local agents beforehand in order not to face undue delays if the vessel is calling at Indian Ports.

The BE&O will keep a close eye on developments and should our Assured require further information 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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Unauthorised Charges Warning - Update

Further to our earlier October "Unauthorised Charges Warning" Alert, BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that the Congress of the Philippines considered the issue of charges levied for coastal surveillance and concluded that such acts by the province of Zambales were illegal.

A report has been issued by the Department of the Interior and Local Government ("DILG") stating that the actions of the Zambales authorities contravenes United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea ("UNCLOS") and recommends immediate cessation of issuing such invoices.

It is yet to be established as to how invoices issued prior to the decision of DILG will be dealt with.

We shall continue to monitor the situation and provide an update on the pending issue, however, in the meantime, should our Assured have 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Operations Resume at Nigerian Ports

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that ports of Nigeria will today resume normal activities as Maritime Workers' Union of Nigeria ("MWUN") suspended its strike after two days.

The union had last Thursday, 22nd October 2015, embarked on strike to protest against months of unpaid wages to over 3,000 tally clerks and onboard security men; midstream discharge of vessels in Lagos, Bonny, Rivers State and other ports as well as Nigerian Port Authority ("NPA") was also owing the workers over one year arrears of 10 percent increment.

However, after a meeting in Lagos on Saturday, the Executive Finance Director of NPA Olumide Oduntan, and the President-General of MWUN Anthony Nted, issued a communiqué announcing strike suspension.

The communiqué explained that after a meeting the agreement was reached between representatives of NPA and MWUN and that all outstanding payments to tally clerks and onboard security men would be paid as soon as the Treasury Single Account ("TSA") issues were resolved.

The BE&O will keep a close eye on developments and should our Assured require further information 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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Unauthorised Charges Warning

BE&O P&I would like to warn our Assured that the Province of Zambales, north west of Philippines, have reportedly been issuing invoices which request money from shipowners for coastal surveillance charges levied on ships transiting along the coast of Zambales. The charges on the invoices are set out as: "Provincial Coast Watch Environmental Monitoring System User Fee - Ordinance No. 2015-28". These fees have been charged unilaterally by the local government and the matter is currently under investigation by the Philippine central government who consider that the Province of Zambales is not acting in accordance with local government regulations and is in violation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea ("UNCLOS"). The Philippine government will be making its final decision on the matter soon.

Our Assured are hereby informed of the above inconsistency and should seek clarification from local agents prior to settling such fees.

We shall continue to monitor the situation and provide an update on the pending decision, however, in the meantime, should our Assured have 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Port Hodeidah Closes to Shipping

Further to our April and August 2015 Alerts BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that the Yemeni port of Hudaydah (Hodeidah) has reportedly been closed to shipping due to ongoing military operations in the area, whereby the Saudi led coalition is fighting to end control of Yemen by the Iranian allied Houthi movement.

It has been reported that the port has been closed to ships since 16.30 hours local time on 11 October 2015 until further notice.

Furthermore, the port authority has ordered all ships at berth to leave port and stay at anchorage until further notice.

International aid officials say imports to Yemen have slowed to a trickle because of inspections of vessels by a Saudi led coalition looking for smuggled weapons.

Our Assured are advised to avoid calling at Hodeidah port. However, should there be any scheduled or on-going Hodeidah port calls; our Assured should ensure that there is adequate War Risk cover in place.

We shall 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 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Reduction to High Risk Area

BE&O P&I would like to advise that the definition of the High Risk Area ("HRA") in East Africa has been revised. The new limits will enter into force on 1st December 2015 as an amendment to BMP4 with the new limits being as follows:

In the Red Sea:  Latitude 15°N
In the Gulf of Oman:  Latitude 22°N
Eastern limit:  Longitude 065°E
Southern limit:  Latitude 5°S

Amendment to section 2 of BMP 4 can be found here.

Our Assured are advised to continue reporting to MSCHOA and UKMTO on entering the Voluntary Reporting Area ("VRA") as well as follow the remainder of the recommended anti-piracy guidance detailed in BMP4 which remains unaffected.

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Regulator Response Prompted by Bauxite Risk

Further to our previous 2013 Alerts, BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that the International Maritime Organization ("IMO") has issued a draft safety circular on the carriage of the mineral bauxite, warning masters of the possible danger of liquefaction. The draft safety circular can be found here (page 25 on Bauxite).

The draft circular informs ship masters of the conditions under which alone they should accept bauxite for carriage: - the moisture limit for the specific cargo is certified as less than the indicative moisture limit of 10% and the particle-size distribution as is detailed in the individual schedule for bauxite in the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ("IMSBC") Code; or - the cargo is declared as Group A (cargoes that may liquefy) and the shipper declares the Transportable Moisture Limit ("TML") and moisture content; or - the cargo has been assessed as not presenting Group A properties.

Under the current IMSBC Code the mineral is not classified as a Group A cargo but under Group C (cargoes that do not liquefy or possess a chemical hazard). The draft circular is therefore aimed at raising awareness of the liquefaction issue with Bauxite cargo.

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Waste Discharge Prohibited in Bohai Bay, Tianjin, China

We would like to bring to our Assured's attention that penalties are being imposed on operators for waste discharge in Bohai, Tianjin, (North East China Coast).

There has been a recent influx of cases whereby vessels are being fines by the local Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) for the discharge of sewage / garbage waste in this area. MSA officers are attending vessels during PSC inspections and looking at the vessel's records and seeing the discharge of sewage / garbage has occurred.

As per Marpol (Annex V 73/78) it states for food garbage only to be discharged at least 3 nautical miles from the territorial sea baseline, with stricter provisions for certain other types of waste. With this being said Bohai Bay is cited as an area of nearly enclosed inland sea and the discharge of any garbage is strictly prohibited.

The penalties / fines for such breaches being incurred are ranging from USD 3,000 to USD 30,000, in accordance with Article 73 of the PRC's law on Protection of the Marine Environment.

We recommend to our Assured to strictly refrain from dumping wastes or discharge sewage in Bohai Bay in order to avoid any such penalties and / or potential delay to their voyage.

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Guidelines on Mandatory Installation of Stability Instruments on Tankers

We would like to remind our assured that new requirements for on board stability instruments for oil tankers, chemical tankers and gas carriers will enter into force on 1st January 2016. MARPOL Annex I Ch.4, IBC/BCH Code and the IGC/GC Code have all been amended, requiring tankers to be fitted with a stability instrument capable of handling both intact and damage stability.

The amendments as adopted at MEPC 66 contains the following advice:

'All tankers, chemical tankers and gas carriers are to be fitted with a stability instrument, capable of verifying compliance with intact and damage stability requirements approved by the Administration by the date designated in applicable convention or codes.'

Table 1 Summary Table of Applicable Ships and Designated Dates of Application
Type of ShipApplicable ShipDesignated Date
Oil Tankers and Chemical TankersShips constructed on or after 1 January 2016Completion date
Ships other than aboveAt first scheduled renewal survey of IOPP Certificate and/or Chemical Certificate on or after 1 January 2016 but not later than 1 January 2021
Gas CarriersShips constructed on or after 1 July 2016Completion date
Ships to which GC Code and EGC Code apply (ships constructed before 1 July 1986)At first scheduled renewal survey of Gas Certificate on or after 1 January 2016 but not later than 1 January 2021
Ships other than aboveAt first scheduled renewal survey of Gas Certificate on or after 1 January 2016 but not later than 1 January 2021

Kindly note that further to the above requirements, a stability instrument that has already been fitted on a ship prior to January 2016 (in the case of a gas carrier to which IGC Code applies, 1 July 2016) need not be replaced, provided it can verify compliance with intact and damage stability.

If ships are loaded in accordance of the conditions below, the requirement for the installation of a stability instrument may be waived by their Flag Administration:

  1. Ships on a dedicated service, with a limited number of permutations of loading such that all anticipated conditions have been approved both in the stability information and the damage stability calculation provided to the master.
  2. Ships where stability verification is made remotely by means approved by the Administration.
  3. Ships which are loaded within an approved range of loading conditions.
  4. Ships constructed before 1 January 2016 (in case of gas carriers, 1 July 2016) Provided with approved limiting KG/GM curves covering all applicable intact and damage stability requirements.

These new requirements have been introduced to MARPOL Annex I and the IBC, IGC, BCH and GC codes by IMO Resolutions MEPC.248(66), MSC.369(93), MSC.370(93) and MSC.377(93).

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Revised Guidance on Radioactive Waste Adopted by IMO

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted an updated guidelines to the respective regulatory treaties for the application of the de minimis (exempt) concept for radioactive substances which may be considered for dumping at sea.

The new guidelines include recognition of effects of radiation on marine fauna and flora and refer to the latest advice from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), including a new procedure to assess doses to workers and members of the public and a similar approach for assessing doses to marine flora and fauna, based on the updated IAEA Safety Standards for protection of people and the environment and recent recommendations by the International Radiological Protection Commission (ICRP) on protection of humans and the environment. While both the London Convention and Protocol ban the dumping of radioactive wastes, certain materials may assigned as "de minimis", including natural radionuclides (atoms that have excess nuclear energy, making them unstable) in the environment and in raw materials.

The guidance notes that all materials contain natural radionuclides and sometimes human activities can result in changes to their concentrations, thus potentially increasing radiation doses. In deciding whether candidate materials for dumping at sea could be regarded as "non-radioactive" and therefore may be disposed of at sea, the guidelines recommend that authorities carry out an assessment to determine that the radiation risks to individuals caused by the exempted practice or source are sufficiently low that they do not pose any risk and that the exempted practices and sources are inherently safe. A similar assessment should be carried out in relation to possible impacts on flora and fauna.

The ban on dumping radioactive waste at sea was adopted in 1993 and there has been no report of deliberate dumping of such wastes and other radioactive matter by Parties since the ban was introduced.

The guidance will be made available in due course on the London Convention and Protocol website.

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

Source: IMO

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 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Greece: Insurance Premium Tax on P&I Covers Increase

Our Assured will be aware that from 16 July 2015, the Insurance Premium Tax ("IPT") in Greece has been increased to 15% and any applicable exemptions in respect of non-life insurance, e.g., marine insurance, have been abolished.

No clear or unambiguous guidance has been provided so far regarding the application of above increase and there is still considerable uncertainty as to whether the levy does apply.

While it is hoped that the situation will be resolved such that the exemption from IPT on P&I covers remains, there is a possibility that the premium charged by the Club will be subject to the new levy.

We shall continue to monitor the progress of the above IPT increase and update our Assureds as soon as clear guidelines are in place. In the meantime, should our Assured require further information 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

New Russian Federation Sanctions Against Turkey

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that the Russian Federation authorities have declared an intention to ban the importation of some foodstuffs as well as prohibiting joint projects in the hospitality industry, woodworking and pilot training.

The ban is due to come into force on 1st January 2016 with the full list of foodstuffs yet to be published.

Furthermore, Russian military has suspended all communication channels with the Turkish military, including a "hot line" to help avoid air accidents.

It has also been reported that Novorossiysk port, together with some other Russian ports, has commenced their own unofficial action against Turkish cargoes importation.

We shall continue to monitor the progress of the above sanctions and update our Assureds accordingly, however, should our Assured require further information 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

New Emission Control Area

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that on 4th December 2015, the Chinese Transport Ministry announced a new Emission Control Area ("ECA") launch which will cover the Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River Delta and the Bohai Rim tree waters (Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei waters).

The Chinese Transport Ministry aim to reduce the Sulphur Oxides by 65%, the Nitrogen Oxides by 20%, and Particulate Matter by 30% by the year 2020 as announced in August 2015 in their "Ship and Port pollution prevention special action plan, 2020".

The ECA programme covers the exclusive economic zones ("EEZ") within the above mentioned three areas and will be phased in over the next four years as of 1st January 2016:

  • 1st January 2016 - vessels moored at berth at above three areas will be requested to use fuel oil with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.5%;
  • 1st January 2017 - strict enforcement of the provisions of 0.5% Sulphur content may be experienced by ships operating in the core ports within the ECA, i.e. Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Zhuhai Port , Suzhou Port, Ningbo Zhoushan Port, Shanghai Port, Nantong Port, Tianjin Port Qinhuangdao Port, Tangshan Port and Hebei Huanghua Port;
  • 1st January 2018 - vessels at berth at any port within the three ECA's may experience strict enforcement of the provisions of 0.5% Sulphur content;
  • 1st January 2019 - the scheme will cover all waters within the ECA.

We shall continue to monitor the progress of the above programme and update our Assureds accordingly, however, should our Assured require further information 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

Five Yemeni ports are open for shipping, three remain closed

Further to our April, August and October 2015 Alerts BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that a total of five Yemeni ports, namely Salif, Hodeidah, Mokha, Aden and Mukalla, are now open while three still remain closed due to the continuation of armed conflict between Iranian allied Houthi rebels and Saudi-led Coalition forces. The ports which remain closed are Ras Isa, Balhaf and Ash Shihr, as reported on December 3, 2015.

Vessels calling Yemeni ports must obtain entry permission from the Ministry of Transport prior to arrival.

Entry to Yemeni territorial waters will be permitted only following an inspection by the naval forces of Saudi Arabian-led coalition. Once a vessel reaches the outskirts of Bab Al Mandab, 3nm from Yemen's territorial waters, a notice of arrival must be sent by the master. The naval forces of the Saudi Arabian-led coalition will then advise where the vessel should anchor pending completion of the inspection and approval of the port entry.

Once the vessel is allowed to enter port, the master must register the vessel's arrival with the port authorities and will then be assigned an anchoring position until the berthing time is confirmed by the harbour master.

Our Assured are advised to warn their vessels' crew and to carry out an assessment of the risks involved prior to entering or transiting Yemeni waters. The political situation in Yemen continues to remain volatile. Vessels calling at Yemeni ports are recommended to always assess the current situation prior to entering Yemeni waters.

Should there be any scheduled or on-going Yemeni port calls; our Assured should ensure that there is adequate War Risk cover in place.

We shall 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 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

New Inspection Regime for Black Sea MOU

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that from 1st January 2016, Black Sea Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") will introduce a New Inspection Regime ("BS-IR(2016)") for selection of ships for inspections. This will be done in order to harmonise the risk based targeting and inspection system with other MOUs. Detailed information on New Inspection Regime can be found here.

Under BS-IR (2016), the currently used targeting factor matrix will be replaced by the Ship Risk Profile ("SRP") whereby the vessels shall be placed in group of High Risk Ships ("HRS"), Standard Risk Ships ("SRS") and Low Risk Ships ("LRS"). The SRP will apply the Port State Control ("PSC") inspection regimes and vessel historical data over a rolling period of 36 months:

  • Type of ship;
  • Age of the ship;
  • Performance of the Flag of the ship (e.g. detention index, deficiency index levels) and IMO Audit;
  • Performance of the recognized organizations (RO) (e.g. RO related detention index level and RO related detainable deficiency index levels) and RO of MOU;
  • Performance of the company responsible for ISM Management (company detention index and deficiency index levels);
  • Number of detentions;
  • Number of deficiencies per inspection (e.g. ship deficiency index level).

There will be two categories of inspection, namely a periodic inspection, which will be determined by the rolling period, and an additional inspection, which will be triggered by overriding or unexpected factors depending on severity of occurrence.

Should our Assured 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
Max Korndoerfer Email: max@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 207
Haythem Bader Email: bader@dgsmarine.com
Office: +49 (0) 40 70 299 820
Mob: +49 151 14 270 294
Capt. Sirpreet Kahlon Email: sirpreet@dgsmarine.com
Office: +971 (0) 4 456 5909
Mobile: +971 (0) 501 418 868
Ms. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

July 2014 - Security Level in Norwegian Ports Raised to ISPS Level 2

BE&O P&I would like to notify our Assured that as of 24th July 2014 at 15:00LT, Norwegian Coastal Administration announced that all vessels calling Norwegian Ports have to operate at International Ship and Port Facility Security Code ("ISPS") security Level 2 until further notice. This is due to the terrorist threat against unspecified target(s) in the course of the next few days.

Our Assured may experience delays at the ports due to increased checks being carried out. Our Assured should check with the local port agents for specific updates on required security measures and procedures.

We shall continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured informed once we have further update. In the meantime, should our Assured require further assistance, 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 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

July 2014 - Misdeclaration of Cargo in Indonesia

Our Assured will be aware from our Alert of December 2013 that there is currently a ban on mineral ore exports in Indonesia. However, recently there have been reports that some buyers, in order to circumvent the ban are buying a shipment of slightly lower grade and labelling it as "iron ore".

We would strongly advise our Assured to take all possible steps to confirm the composition of cargoes offered for shipment in Indonesia.

We shall 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 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 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

July 2014 - Counterfeit Receipts/Invoices at La Havre Port, France

Further to our "Counterfeit Receipts/ Invoices at Fujairah and Italy" Alert earlier this month, BE&O P&I would like to warn our Assured that the fraudulent companies that issued Invoices/Receipts in Fujairah and Italy have also issued similar counterfeit Invoices in France. The companies in question are:

  • Harbour & General Port Services; and
  • Prevention Center of Marine Pollution.

Moreover, in order to induce Owners into paying their Invoices, fraudsters use threats of vessel arrest, vessel "black listing" or/and legal action.

BE&O P&I would strongly recommend our Assured to crosscheck validity of any invoices issued from aforementioned regions with local agents. Please also strictly follow local regulations at all times regarding waste disposal.

Should our Assured have any queries on the matter, 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 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

July 2014 - Counterfeit Receipts / Invoices at Fujairah and Italy

Further to our November 2013 Alert on "Fake Invoices - Ukraine and Suez Canal" BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that Port Fujairah, in their Notice to the Mariners No 182, has raised a similar issue where companies with fake identities are forging receipts and invoices against the waste material disposed in Fujairah.

The two companies that have issued fake invoices / receipts are:

  • Harbour & General Port Services; and
  • Prevention Center of Marine Pollution.

It should be noted that Port Fujairah Notice to the Mariners No 148 provides a list of waste material that can be disposed at Fujairah as well as a list of reception facilities approved by Port. We would request our Assured to comply with this Notice in order to avoid such fake invoices.

Please contact us if you require the full Notice to the Mariners.

On similar lines, there have been reports of fraudulent invoices, containing fake vessel's stamp and fake Master's signature, for the disposal of sludge in Italy, Port Gioia Tauro.

We recommend our Assured to crosscheck validity of any invoices issued from aforementioned regions with local agents. Please also strictly follow local regulations at all times regarding waste disposal.

Should our Assured have any queries on the matter, 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 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

July 2014 - Black Sea MOU Concentrated Inspection Campaign on STCW Hours of Rest

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that six maritime authorities (Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russian Federation, Turkey, Ukraine) of the Black Sea Memoranda of Understanding ("MOU") of Port State Control ("PSC") will start a Concentrated Inspection Campaign ("CIC") from 1st September 2014 until 30th November 2014 on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping ("STCW") hours of rest compliance.

During the above period of campaign, the Port State Control ("PSC") inspectors will check deck and engine room watchkeepers' hours of rest, record keeping and vessel safe manning.

Further, as per normal PSC procedures, depending on the severity of the deficiencies found, the PSC Officer may either instruct the Master to rectify them within a certain period of time or in the case of serious breach to detain the vessel until the deficiencies have been rectified. The vessel detention will be published on the Black Sea MOU monthly detention lists.

Our Assured are advised to ensure compliance with the STCW hours of work and ensure that the crew is suitably prepared for above inspections.

Should our Assured have any further 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

August 2014 - Ebola Virus - Update

Further to our earlier August Alerts on Ports situations in response to spread of Ebola Virus, BE&O P&I would like to update our Assured as follows:

Ivory Coast

The ban in Port of Abidjan effective from 12th August 2014 has been lifted on 14th August 2014. No further official notice has been issued by the Authorities.

Nigeria

According to unofficial reports, Nigeria may not be accepting vessels from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, however, there has not been any official notice issued to that effect.

Gabon

Gabonese Authorities have issued a notice which states, amongst other things, that vessels coming from any port affected by Ebola Virus will be forbidden to call at the Ports of Gabon unless there are Gabonese crew on board.

Brazil

Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency ("ANVISA") issued a recommendation regarding the "basic procedures to be taken for vessels expected to dock in Rio de Janeiro taking into consideration the International declaration of emergency in public health - Ebola Virus". The recommendation also talks about the "procedures to be taken in vessels with calls or originating in areas of circulation of Ebola virus". As well as in Port of Rio de Janeiro, these recommendations will be adopted in other Ports of Brazil.

Argentina

According to Argentinian Sanitary Authorities' directive, local agents have to report any vessel that is expected to arrive in the next 30 days from any African country, giving the estimated time of arrival and port of call.

Also, vessels calling from Ebola affected countries will not be assisted by pilots in the River Plate unless 30 days have passed since the vessel departed from the Ebola infected Port.

We shall 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 the countries of listed 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

August 2014 - Ban on usage of Thurraya, Irridium and other such Satellite Communications in Indian waters

We would like to remind our Assureds that the usage of Thuraya, Irridium and other such satellite phones are banned in India as per DG Shipping Order No. 02 of 2012 dated 16/05/2011. Satellite phones can be used ONLY after a no objection certificate is issued by Department of Telecommunications (DOT) on a case to case basis.

BE&O have been recently made aware of vessels being detained by port authorities on instructions from the Indian Navy on detection of satellite phone signals in and around vessel location.

If an Assured is in possession of such satellite phones, they are to declare it to the shipping agents who are mandatorily required to report it in Pre Arrival Notifications on Security (PANS).

Assureds are warned that ANY unauthorised holders of Thuaraya, Irridium and other such satellite phones can be prosecuted under Section 6 of the Indian Wireless Act and Sec 20 of Indian Telegraph Act.

If you have further queries on the above, kindly 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 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

August 2014 - New SOLAS requirements for enclosed space entry and rescue drills, and draft requirements for portable atmosphere testing

Further to our SOS Circular "Dangers in Confined Spaces: Precautions and Rescue Procedures" Issue 07, 2012, we would like to inform our Assured of the new requirements to SOLAS Chapter III, Regulation 19 introduced by IMO, which enter into force on 1 January, 2015. Following that date, crew members will be required to participate in an enclosed space entry and rescue drill on board the ship at least once every two months.

Further, IMO is currently working on mandatory requirements for portable atmosphere testing instruments to be carried on board ships which are expected to be adopted in November 2014 for entry into force on 1 July, 2016, as SOLAS regulation XI-1/7.

According to these new requirements, the portable testing equipment will no longer be used as part of personal protective safety equipment but as part of the ship's equipment. Enclosed spaces will be tested from the outside confirming that the space is safe to enter, testing for a minimum the following gases; oxygen, flammable gasses or vapours, carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulphide.

It should be noted that, enclosed space entry and rescue drill requirements also apply to high speed craft, mobile offshore drilling units and dynamically supported craft from 1 January, 2015. The necessary amendments have been made to the relevant Codes accordingly:

  • the 1979 Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Code (Resolution MSC.357(92))
  • the 1989 Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Code (Resolution MSC.358(92)
  • the 2000 Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Code (Resolution MSC.359(92))
  • the Dynamically Supported Craft Code (Resolution MSC.360(92))
  • the High Speed Craft Code 1994 (Resolution MSC.351(92)), and
  • the High Speed Craft Code 2000 (Resolution MSC.352(92)).

BE&O will continue monitoring the IMO requirements, issuing the relevant guidance on selecting portable atmosphere testing instruments, as well as circulating further advice subject to proper implementation. In the interim, should our Assured require further assistance on this matter, 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 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

August 2014 - Port of Abidjan, Ivory Coast Entry Prohibition

Further to our August "Spread of Ebola Virus in West Africa" Alert, BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that as of 12th August 2014, Port of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, will not permit entry of any vessel arriving from a country which is experiencing an outbreak of Ebola until further notice.

Further, Port of Abidjan Authorities may keep a vessel they are suspicious about on a quarantine of up to 21 days.

Our Assured should bear in mind that if a crew member is unwell or displays any Ebola Virus symptoms, the same should be reported immediately to Port of Abidjan Authorities regardless which country the vessel comes from. We also advise our Assured to take into account the situation whilst confirming port rotations or vessel fixtures to Ivory Coast from any country experiencing an outbreak of Ebola.

We shall 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 the countries of Ivory Coast, 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 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

August 2014 - New Hong Kong Regulation on Dark Smoke Emission

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that according to the Hong Kong Marine Department Notice No 94 of 2014, as of 18th July 2014 it is an offence for a vessel to emit dark smoke in the waters of Hong Kong which is as dark or darker than Shade 2 on the Ringelmann Chart for 3 minutes or more continuously at any one time.

The Owner, Agent and Master of the contravening vessel shall each be committing an offence and liable to pay a fine of HK $25,000 (approx. USD $3,225) for a first conviction and HK $50,000 (approx. USD $ 6,450) for any subsequent conviction. In the event of contravention by a local vessel, the Owner, Agent and Coxswain shall all commit an offence and shall be liable to a fine of HK $10,000 (approx. USD $1,290) for a first conviction and HK $25,000 (approx. USD $3,225) for any subsequent conviction.

Our Assured should exercise due diligence to the above Law and ensure that they maintain the vessel engines in good order to avoid undue release of dark smoke.

Should our Assured require any 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

August 2014 - Fraudulent Port State Control Charges in Indonesia

It has recently come to light that various ship agents in Indonesia are using Port State Control ("PSC") inspection to entice Assured into paying USD $3,000 to reimburse for PSC inspectors' travelling expenses. At the same time, the agent state that the above fee can be waved upon payment of USD $500 administrative fee.

Our Assured should be cautious as any payments required by the PSC are payable only to the Harbour Office.

We shall continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured informed once we have further update. In the meantime, should our Assured require further assistance, 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 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

August 2014 - Spread of Ebola Virus in West Africa

Our Assured will be aware of Ebola Virus Disease ("EVD") which broke out in Guinea in March 2014 and since then spreading to Liberia and Sierra Leone. As described by World Health Organisation ("WHO") "Ebola Virus Disease is one of the world's most virulent diseases. The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care".

Currently, EVD continues to spread with 1323 reported cases and death toll of 729. As a result, International Transport Workers' Federation ("ITF"), International Maritime Employers' Council ("IMEC") and International Chamber of Shipping ("ICS") issued guidance on the risks posed to the ship's crew calling countries affected by EVD and urge:

  1. "The Master should ensure that the crew are aware of the risks, how the virus can be spread and how to reduce the risk.
  2. The ISPS requirements on ensuring that unauthorised personnel do not board the vessel should be strictly enforced throughout the duration of the vessel being in port.
  3. The Master should give careful consideration to granting any shore leave whilst in impacted ports.
  4. The Shipowner/Operator should avoid making crew changes in the ports of an affected country.
  5. After departure the crew should be aware of the symptoms and report any occurring symptoms immediately to the person in charge of medical care".

As additional precautions, our Assured should advise the crew to:

  • Maintain highest level of security throughout their stay in areas affected by EVD;
  • A wash station containing chlorine, water and powdered soap should be placed at the gangway for all persons boarding the ship to wash and disinfect their hands;
  • Go ashore only if strictly necessary;
  • Avoid physical contact with strangers;
  • Frequently wash hands and use hand sanitizer;
  • Not buy/consume unknown food or beverages;
  • Conduct a thorough stowaway search prior to the vessel's departure;
  • Immediately report to medical officer of any symptoms noticed during or after port stay, i.e. fever, headache, achiness, sore throat, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain, rash, or red eyes.

We shall 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 the countries of West Africa, 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 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

August 2014 - Ukraine - the Latest EU Sanctions

Further to our February, March, June and July 2014 Alerts on situation and sanctions in Ukraine, the situation remains to be fluid and number of sanctions are being enforced;

  1. Council Regulation No 810/2014 issued 25th July 2014 implements sanctions against further 15 individuals and 18 entities, including:
    • State ferry enterprise "Kerch Ferry";
    • State enterprise "Sevastopol Commercial Seaport";
    • State enterprise "Kerch Commercial Sea Port".

    The full list of entities and individuals subject to EU sanctions can be viewed here.

  2. Council Regulation 825/2014 and Council Decision 2014/507/SFSP of 30th July 2014 prohibit new investments relating to the areas of transport, telecommunications and energy infrastructure in Crimea and Sevastopol. Also banned are new investments relating to the exploitation of oil, gas or mineral resources as well as the supply of key equipment and technology related to the transport, telecommunications, energy, oil/gas/mineral resources sectors in Crimea and Sevastopol.
  3. Council Regulation 833/2014 and Council Decision 2014/512/CFSP of 31st July 2014 restrict "the direct or indirect sale, supply, transfer or export of arms and related material of all types."

In view of the above sanctions, we advise our Assured to check whether the companies that they may be dealing with are not owned, held or controlled either directly or indirectly by one of the listed sanctioned individual or entity. We also recommend our Assured to enter "Sanction Clauses" into their Charterparties adequately tailored to their specific needs covering eventualities that they seek to be protected from.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our Assured updated on any new developments, in the interim, should our Assured require any further 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

September 2014 - Antwerp - Port Theft

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that there have been reports of theft from vessels docked in the Port of Antwerp. It was reported that large sums of money have been stolen from Master's safe as well as items from crew cabins. The security in Port of Antwerp is minimal and around 140,000 people enter and leave the Port each day having unrestricted access to the quayside.

Our Assured should advise the crew to maintain highest level of security throughout their stay in Port of Antwerp, keeping thorough gangway watch procedures in place. Should our Assured have any further 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

September 2014 - Riyadh MOU CIC on Fire Safety

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that the Six Maritime Authorities of Riyadh Memorandum of Understanding ("RMoU") on Port State Control, namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, will launch a Concentrated Inspection Campaign ("CIC") from 1st October 2014 until 31st December 2014. The purpose of RMoU is to ensure compliance with International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea ("SOLAS") Chapter II-2 and the International Code for Fire Safety Systems on board ships.

For this purpose Port State Controls ("PSCOs") will apply a questionnaire listing a number of items to be covered during the CIC. The questions can be found here.

Further, please note that the following three questions from the checklist are marked as '*' are detainable deficiencies.

*4. Does the test of automatic audible alarm sound prior to release of a fixed gas fire-extinguishing medium into spaces in which personnel normally work? SOLAS Ch II-2/ Reg 10.5;

*6. Is the crew familiar with the location and operation of fire-fighting systems and appliances that they may be called upon to use? SOLAS Ch II-2/ Reg 15.2.2;

*10. Is the Emergency Fire pump, capable of producing at least two jets of water? SOLAS Ch II-2/ Reg 10.2.2.3.1 and Reg 2.2.4.2;

Our Assured are advised to ensure that Crew is familiar with the firefighting equipment onboard the vessel and they have received training in carrying out their duties by means of regular drills. To also ensure that the firefighting equipment is properly maintained and readily available at all times.

Should our Assured have any further 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

October 2014 - Polar Code Approved by MEPC

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that the Maritime Environmental Protection Committee ("MEPC") met from 13th to 17th October 2014 for their 67th session to review and discuss, amongst other things, the implementation of new mandatory International Code for ships operating in polar waters ("Polar Code") with a view of adopting it at their next MEPC 68th session in May 2015 and proposed entry into force in January 2017.

The key areas of the Polar Code agreed were:

  • Prevention of oil pollution, including prohibition of any oil or oily discharge into the sea as well as structural requirements including protective location of fuel oil and cargo tanks;
  • Prohibition of any discharge into the sea of noxious liquid substances, mixtures containing such substances and pollution control by such substances in bulk;
  • Prevention of sewage pollution from ships as well as prohibition of sewage discharge including at a specific distance from ice;
  • Prevention of garbage pollution including additional restrictions to the permitted discharge under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships ("MARPOL") Annex V;

The Polar Code covers vessel design, construction, equipment, operational and training issues, search and rescue and protection of the environment and eco-system of the Polar Regions. The Code includes mandatory measures covered in Part I-A (safety), Part II-A (pollution prevention) and Parts I&II-B (recommendatory provisions for Parts I&II-A).

Vessels intending to operate in Arctic and /or Antarctic waters would need to apply for a Polar Ship Certificate under the Polar Code. Vessels will be classed either Category A, B or C depending on their design, construction and ice class. Vessels would also need to carry a Polar Water Operational Manual providing information regarding vessel's capabilities and limitations.

In addition, based on the vessel’s ice classification, tanks holding oil, oily mixtures and noxious liquid substances will require to meet additional tank protection requirements (located away from the outer shell of the ship )to further mitigate the accidental release of pollutants from ice damage.

Should our Assured have 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

October 2014 - Cargo Fraud in Turkey

Further to our January 2014 Alert on Bogus Cargo in Turkey, BE&O P&I would like to warn our Assured about further fraud incidents which have taken place in Turkey recently.

Vessel owners are approached by a ship broker, with adequate references, offering cargo on liner-in terms at very attractive rates. The broker will use names of well-known shippers/charterers and provide names of other owners as "references" to reconfirm shipments.

After fairly convincing negotiations the owner is requested to remit advance funds of up to EURO 130,000 to the agent covering the line-in costs. When the vessel arrives at the loading port, the agent and the cargo will be non-existent. Once the funds are transferred to a nominated account in Turkey, there will be no way to either recall the transfer or return the money.

BE&O P&I would urge our Assured to exercise due vigilance when receiving offers from ship brokers 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 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 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

October 2014 - Australian Maritime Safety Authority Official Nautical Charts Notice

Further to our February 2013 Alert on "Counterfeit Admiralty Nautical Charts & Admiralty Publications", BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority ("AMSA") issued a Marine Notice 16/2014 on the importance of using official nautical charts for navigation. The Marine Notice comes in response to detention of a large number of vessels during Port State Control ("PSC") inspections as a result of using unofficial nautical charts on board vessels.

The AMSA Marine Notice 16/2014 can be viewed here.

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

October 2014 - Bunker Quantity Discrepancy Custom Fines - Ukraine

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that a number of vessels have been fined in Nikolaev port, Ukraine, for misdeclaring the actual quantities of bunker on board in their customs declaration.

As part of inward clearance formalities, Customs Officers have been conducting bunker surveys on vessels to check whether the actual amount of fuel oil correspond with the ones entered on the customs arrival declaration. The customs may detain and /or fine the vessel on the ground of fuel smuggling when it is found that the actual quantities exceed the declared ones.

BE&O P&I would therefore urge our Assured to pay close attention to ensuring that their customs declarations are accurate and seek advice of the local agents in relation to any customs' requirements.

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

October 2014 - Haifa Port Shut as a Result of Worker's Strike

BE&O P&I Would like to warn our Assured that there may be significant delays in Israeli's Haifa port as workers went on strike on Monday 6th October 2014 over the Israeli government's plans to open two private ports in the vicinity of Ashdod and Haifa in the coming years. The plan is seen as an attempt to break powerful public sector monopolies. It is not clear yet when the strike would end.

Israel has already signed a contract for the construction of the new private port in Ashdod in September 2014 with construction works starting by the end of 2014 and expecting to last for seven years.

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.

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 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

October 2014 - Port Health Clearance Procedures for Vessels Calling Singapore

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that on 25th September 2014 Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore have issued a Circular No 11 of 2014 giving details for the port health clearances for vessels arriving at Singapore. The full contents of the Circular can be viewed here.

The Circular illustrates circumstances when a vessel will not be given free/radio pratique and will have to anchor at the quarantine Anchorage for inspection by the Port Health Officers upon occurrence of any of the following:

  1. Vessels which have been in any plague-infected area within 60 days prior to arrival in Singapore;
  2. Vessels which report the occurrence of illness on board with the following signs and symptoms:
    1. Temperature of 38°C or greater which was accompanied or followed by any one or more of the following - rash, jaundice, glandular swelling, or which persisted for more than 48 hours; and
    2. Diarrhoea, severe enough to interfere with work or normal activity.
  3. Vessels with death on board;
  4. Vessels with high mortality among rodents; and
  5. Vessels with refugees on board.

Should our Assured have 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

October 2014 - New Under Keel Policy for Vessels Calling Durban

BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assured that Durban Port Authority has increased the minimum Under Keel Clearance ("UKC") vessels are now required to maintain while alongside berths in Port of Durban from 30cm to 60cm. As a result, all vessels calling at or departing from the berths with a draft in excess of 12.20 meters will be considered a tidal vessel and will require an application to the Office of the Harbour Master together with a Tidal calculation showing that the vessel can safely berth and depart with an adequate UKC. Such application to the Harbour Master must be accompanied by a duly completed Port Authority Indemnity Letter.

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

November 2014 - Guidance on Fuel Oil by Paris Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU")

BE&O P&I would like to advise our Assured that Paris MoU have issued "Guidelines on Application of MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 18 in an Emission Control Area ("ECA")" with the view of providing advice to Port State Control Officers ("PSCO") on implementation of Regulation 18 and achieving a uniform approach to inspections.

Our Assured will be aware that as of 1st January 2015, the maximum allowed sulphur content in ship's fuel in the Sulphur Emission Control Area ("SECA") or ("ECA") will be 0.10%. This will be applicable to all vessels over 400GT which trade internationally between countries which ratified the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships ("MARPOL") or fly the flag of such country.

The possibility that the shipowner may not be able to source low sulphur fuel has been accounted for in the Guidance. Regulation 18, allows the shipowner to show that he took all reasonable steps to bunker the correct fuel and therefore does not need to deviate from the intended route and delay the voyage in order to achieve compliance. The Master/shipowner will be required to provide:

  • A record of actions taken to attempt to bunker correct fuel, evidence of such attempt in accordance with its voyage plan and attempts to locate alternative source of such fuel if it was not made available where planned and that no compliant fuel oil was made available despite best efforts to obtain it.
  • Best efforts include but are not limited to investigating alternative sources of fuel prior to voyage commencement or prior to entering the ECA. In such cases master/shipowner must notify the Port State Administration at the port of arrival in the ECA and the flag Administration.
  • Such notification should also be made to the port of destination within the ECA or port of destination after transiting the ECA.

Full details and evidence requirements with regards to the above can be viewed here.

Should our Assured have 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

November 2014 - Cargo Fraud in Algeria

Further to our October 2014 Alert on Cargo Fraud in Turkey, BE&O P&I would like to warn our Assured of further incidents of fraud which have taken place, this time in Algeria.

The fraud involved cargo being again offered on liner-in terms at an attractive rate. However, once the advanced payment was made, the owner was unable to contact the charterer's local agent. The advanced payment was made into a bank account in Turkey, and as it transpired, the "local" agents are located in Turkey and not in Algeria.

BE&O P&I would urge our Assured to exercise due vigilance when receiving offers from ship brokers in Algeria as well as 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 Algeria, 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 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

November 2014 - Amendments to International Safety Management ("ISM") Code

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that amendments to the ISM Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention adopted by the International Maritime Organisation's ("IMO") Maritime Safety Committee are due to enter into force on 1st January 2015.

Amendments are to Sections 6 and 12 and are as follows:

Part A - Implementation

6 RESOURCES AND PERSONNEL

  1. The existing text of paragraph 6.2 is replaced with the following:
  2.     "6.2 The Company should ensure that each ship is:

    1. .1 manned with qualified, certificated and medically fit seafarers in accordance with national and international requirements; and
    2. .2 appropriately manned in order to encompass all aspects of maintaining safe operations on board*.

    3. * Refer to the Principles of minimum safe manning, adopted by the Organization by resolution A.1047(27)."

12 COMPANY VERIFICATION, REVIEW AND EVALUATION

  1. The following new paragraph 12.2 is inserted after existing paragraph 12.1 and the existing paragraphs 12.2 to 12.6 are renumbered as 12.3 to 12.7:

    • "12.2 The Company should periodically verify whether all those undertaking delegated ISM-related tasks are acting in conformity with the Company's responsibilities under the Code."

The list of amendments can be viewed here.

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

November 2014 - Use of Indian Charts on the Coast of India

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that Director General of Shipping of India issued a Circular NT/Safety of Navigation/Cir. No. 01/2014 recommending to make use of nautical charts published by National Hydrographic Office ("NHO").The Circular strongly advises that Indian vessels use navigational Charts published by NHO while entering or leaving any port of India. Coastal owners are strongly advised to use charts for areas where NHO has an already published local chart, to avoid any confrontation with Port State Control ("PSC")/local authorities.

The Circular also advices that foreign flagged vessels use up-to-date charts of appropriate scale, published by NHO, when calling any Indian port. The Vessel owners should exercise due diligence via local agents and insist on the each respective ports policy, to avoid fines.

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

November 2014 - Toxic Waste Mis-declared and Dumped in Philippines

BE&O P&I would like to bring it to the attention of our Assured that recently there have been incidents of container contents mis-declaration in order to dump waste in Philippines as well as other developing countries.

In January this year, the Bureau of Customs ("BoC") confiscated 50 forty-foot container vans, which originated from Canada, after discovering that they contained hazardous wastes such as used plastic bags, used bottles, newspaper, household garbage, and even adult diapers. The cargo was however described as "scrap plastic materials for recycling".

Since then in February, the BoC filed a complaint in the Department of Justice for violation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste and Control Act of 1990 and the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and their Disposal, to which both the Philippines and Canada are signatories.

We will update our Assured as things progress, in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact us if required:

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 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

November 2014 - Shut Down of Benghazi Port

Further to our January 2014 Alert, it has been reported that Libya’s Benghazi Port stopped all operations due to military actions by Libyan army in the area against Islamist opposing forces.

On the afternoon of 3rd November 2014, the two sides clashed at the Benghazi Port area with heavy artillery being deployed by the army.

Our Assured should advise their vessels to stay in close contact with local shipping agents and carefully monitor the situation.

BE&O P&I 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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

November 2014 - Alert on Fraudulent P&I Certificates

We would like to bring to the attention of all our assureds, business partners, trade associations and whomsoever this may concern that fraudulent P&I Certificates are being presented to Port Authorities to facilitate vessel entry into port.

We at BE&O P&I are in the process of investigating a fraudulent BE&O P&I Certificate of entry which was submitted by the vessel agent to the Port Authorities for a demolition voyage.

Given the seriousness of the issue, we would like to request all our assureds and business partners to strictly control the circulation of vessel certificates including but not limited to P&I.

Please do not hesitate to contact the following in case you have further queries or want to share more information on such issues.

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 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

December 2014 - Revision of Safety of Navigation - Singapore Port

BE&O P&I would like to bring to the attention of our Assured that on 1st December 2014 Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued a Circular No 15 of 2014 laying emphasis on the important changes that influence vessels arriving at Singapore or transiting the Singapore and Malacca Straits. The Circular is due to enter into force on 1st January 2015.

According to the Circular, Singapore Pilot Eastern Boarding Ground "B" ("PEBGB") is to be used by all vessels arriving from the West proceeding to the anchorages in the eastern sector. This boarding ground has also been relocated.

In addition, a new Singapore Pilot Eastern Boarding Ground "C" ("PEBGC") has been introduced which will be used by all vessels arriving from the East proceeding to the eastern or western sector of the Port.

The changes have been made in order to enhance safety of navigation for the Eastern approaches of the Port of the Singapore.

The full Circular can be viewed here.

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

December 2014 - IRAN: Temporary suspension of measures extended until 30 June 2015

BE&O P&I would like to inform our Assured that on the 25th of November 2014 the European Council has extended the temporary suspension of the EU existing restrictive measures against IRAN until the 30th of June 2015.

This is the second 6-months extension following the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) to enable further progress in nuclear talks with IRAN.

To reiterate, the following restrictions were uplifted;

  1. the provision of insurance, reinsurance and transport in relation to Iranian crude oil;
  2. the import, purchase and transport of Iranian petrochemical products;
  3. trade in gold and precious metals with the Iranian government and its public bodies and the Central Bank of Iran;
  4. the increase in thresholds for authorising financial transfers to and from Iran also remains in force;
  5. the supply of vessels designed for transport or storage of oil and petrochemical products (i) to any Iranian person, entity or body; or (ii) to any other person, entity or body, unless the providers of vessels have taken appropriate action to prevent the vessel from being used to carry or store oil or petrochemicals products that originate in Iran or have been exported from Iran.

The remainder of the EU sanctions against Iran remain in force.

BE&O P&I will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates, in the interim if you have any 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 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40
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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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
Office: +45 (0) 55 77 59 19
Mob: +45 20 20 08 91
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. Jekaterina Badejeva Email: jekaterina@dgsmarine.com
Office: +371 67 11 85 57
Mobile: +371 25 15 24 50
Capt. Timothy Martin Grime Email: tim@dgsmarine.com
Office: +63 (0) 2 464 9296
Mobile: +63 (0) 9298 141 687
Mr. Hoang Quang Le Email: Le-hoang@dgsmarine.com
Mobile: +84 (0)912 79 14 40

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