• Ship operators at increased risk of drug smuggling

    Commercial carriers are not willing participants in the trafficking of drugs, but they may be exposed to various losses including fines if drugs are found on-board. The P&I cover for fines arising out of smuggling was changed at the start of the 2021 insurance policy year. It is important that Members are aware of the change, the increased exposure and how to deal with the challenges related to smuggling when operating ships.

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    04 MAY 2021

  • Cefor reports post-IMO 2020 experiences

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    29 APR 2021

    Cefor represents marine insurers in the Nordic countries. The association serves its members by promoting quality marine insurance and knowledge sharing and a considerable part of Cefor’s activities take place within its nine member forums. The Cefor Technical Forum recently published a report summarizing the operational experience with the very low sulphur fuels produced to meet the MARPOL 2020 sulphur limit. We are pleased to re-publish the report in full.  

  • Reminder - Anchoring in Malaysian Waters off East Johor

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    27 APR 2021

    In the past few weeks, several vessels entered with Gard have been detained and fined by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency  for anchoring in East Johor waters without the requisite permissions from the authorities.

  • Beware of fishing vessels in Chinese waters

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    26 APR 2021

    The seasonal fishing ban in China comes into force on 1 May 2021. As the number of fishing vessels in Chinese waters is expected to increase in the period leading up to this date, ship operators and masters are advised to take additional precautions when planning a voyage to and from Chinese ports during this period.

  • Broad foreign arbitration clauses are enforceable in the US

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    22 APR 2021

    Recent US Court of Appeals decision reinforces the enforceability of broad arbitration clauses subject to the New York Arbitral Convention and the applicability of such arbitration clauses to non-signatories in certain circumstances under the US doctrine of collateral estoppel. The decision adds additional support to the enforcement of foreign choice of law and arbitration provisions in commercial contracts.

  • Prepare for tougher at-berth emissions reductions in California

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    15 APR 2021

    California’s new regulation designed to further reduce pollution from vessels berthed at its ports is now in force. While compliance by visiting vessels is not required until 2023, the practices, procedures and equipment needed for compliance could be quite extensive and costly, and the preparatory work to ensure timely compliance should not be postponed.