Japan Club announces 10% owners’ entries General Increase, deductibles rise

In Japan Club’s report on the 605th Meeting of the Board of Directors, it said that there would be a 10% General Increase in advance call rates for owners’ entries. The Club said that as of September 30th 2020 (the half-way point in Japan Club’s financial year), the total number of vessels entered had been…

Containership loses up to 50 containers after storm in North Pacific

Containership ONE Apus (IMO 9806079) is reported to have lost up to 50 containers overboard while operating on Ocean Network Express’s Far East Pacific 2 (FP2) service in the North Pacific 1.600 nautical miles Northwest of Hawaii late on November 30th local time. The ship, was en route from Yantian to Long Beach. It changed…

US accuses China of violating North Korea sanctions more than 500 times

The US has accused China of a flagrant violation of its obligation to enforce international sanctions on North Korea. The US offered a reward of up to $5m for information about sanctions evasions. Deputy Assistant Secretary for North Korea Alex Wong has accused China of undermining the UN sanctions regime, which hopes to persuade North…

There ARE empty boxes, just not in the right place

German firms FraunhoferCML and Container xChange have carried out research into the average time containers spend between being (a) “empty in depot” and (b) “empty dispatched”. They said that what they found indicated the need to accelerate the process that gets them from situation (a) to situation (b). Supply chains globally have face difficulties in…

Cocaine smuggling leads to jail time for seafarer

Four men were sentenced to 12 years in prison each by a court in Svendborg, Denmark on November 30th for attempting to smuggle 100 kilos of cocaine into Denmark. The stash was thrown overboard from refrigerated cargo ship Duncan Island (IMO 9059638) off Langeland in February 2020. Three men in a motorboat picked up the…

Chinese ban on solid waste imports starts from January 1st

UK Club has advised its members of a circular from correspondent Oasis P&I regarding the China’s implementation of a complete ban on the import of solid waste from January 1st 2021. In order to implement the amendment to The Prevention and Control of Solid Waste Inducing Environmental Pollution Law of the PRC on the import…

Norwegian shipowner sentenced for involvement in Harrier’s scrapping case

Norwegian shipowner Georg Eide has been sentenced for assisting Singapore-based cash buyer Wirana Shipping in an attempt to export barge carrier Harrier (ex-Tide Carrier) (IMO 8730479) to a scrapyard in Pakistan in 2017. A district court in Sunnhordland, Norway sentenced Eide to six months in prison for trying to send the Harrier for scrapping on…

Gallagher 2020 Pre-Renewal Review – Club Pages – #4 Japan

Broker Gallagher has released its 2020 pre-renewal review, covering past results and the situation for the policy year to date. Today: Japan P&I Club. Full Name: Japan Ship Owners Mutual P&I Association. www.piclub.or.jp 2-15-14 Nihonbashi-Ningyocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0013, Japan Tel: +81 3 3662 7213 Fax: +81 3 3662 7225 S&P Rating (increased to BBB+ from…