No general increase at American Club, but two supplementary calls announced

American Club will not be imposing a general increase for the 2020/21 policy year, choosing instead to “employ an approach which takes better account of the different profiles of Members”, and “allowing for a more Member-specific treatment of pricing and terms of cover”. However, the club will be applying a supplementary call of 22.5% for…

Viking Sky had several alarms go off before events leading to blackout

A total of 18 alarms about low lubricating oil levels sounded on board cruise ship Viking Sky (IMO 9650420) several hours before a complete blackout left the ship at the mercy of stormy seas, with a total of 1,373 people on board, according to a preliminary report from The Norway Accident Investigation Board (AIBN). It…

London Club announces 7.5% general increase

The London P&I Club has announced a general increase in rates of 7.5% for policy year 2020/21. It said that, as part of the renewal process, individual Member deductible levels would also be reviewed, but made no announcement as to a general increase in deductibles. The Club said that it was in secure financial shape…

NTSB tells US Coast Guard to act on “Duck” vehicles reserve buoyancy

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a Marine Safety Recommendation Report calling upon the US Coast Guard to require sufficient reserve buoyancy for DUKW amphibious passenger vessels, and to require the removal of canopies, side curtains and their associated framing, while underway, for those without sufficient reserve buoyancy. The recommendation came as…

Marine Masters gets salvage contract for grounded chemical tanker off Goa

The State government of Goa in India has selected Netherlands-based salvage company Marine Masters to salvage chemical tanker Nu-Shi Nalini (IMO 9619608) which ran aground off Dona Paula at Goa in late October. Marine Masters which was one of only two companies that had submitted bids to undertake the salvage work, a contract worth $3.4m….

First lawsuit filed by victim’s relative as a result of Conception disaster

The first family member of one of the 34 people killed in the fire on accommodation/dive boat Conception on September 2nd has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the ship’s owners, Glen and Dana Fritzler, and their dive-boat company, Truth Aquatics. John Hillsman of McGuinn, Hillsman & Palefsky Law Firm filed the lawsuit on behalf…

Sunken ship clogs up cargo flow at major Vietnamese seaport

The sinking of small container ship Vietsun Integrity in the Long Tau Channel continued this week to have serious implications for traffic flow in the area. The Long Tau channel  feeds into the Cai Mep deepwater port in the country’s south, according to a notice from OOCL Logistics. The Long Tau channel is the main…

The false economy of amending knock for knock clauses

Alex McCooke, Offshore Syndicate Manager – Claims, Shipowners’ Club has written on how amending knock-for-knock clauses can turn out to be a false economy. McCooke said that some charterers proposed amendments to standard form knock-for-knock clauses in offshore contracts, and that these weakened the indemnity regime. Such changes could appear to be a gain for…

Marine accident round-up : 15th November 2019

A fire broke out in the engine room of the Polar Marquis (IMO 9190298) on November 11th off Senegal. The fire was extinguished and the situation was brought under control. No injuries to the 55 crew were reported. Thirty crew were moved to a support vessel in the area and more were being considered to…

Marine accident round-up : 14th November 2019

General cargo ship Jan Jing Gang (IMO 8914075), linked by a UN sanctions panel to prohibited coal transfers at sea, sank in choppy seas on October 15th. The engineer was rescued after drifting at sea for 38 hours. The vessel was accused of illegal coal transhipment in a UN sanctions committee report in September. 1990-built,…