Crystal Symphony ducks Florida and docks instead in Bahamas

Under threat of arrest if it docked in Miami, the Crystal Symphony (IMO 9066667), as had been predicted, diverted to The Bahamas – accompanied by 300 paying passengers. After Genting Hong Kong applied for provisional liquidation last week in a Bermuda court, bunker supplier Peninsula Petroleum Far East secured a US federal court order for…

Indonesia eases ban on coal exports

Britannia Club has reported that, following the total ban on coal exports imposed by Indonesia on December 31st because of concerns about domestic supplies, it appeared that the situation was now improving. The Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources have revoked the export ban for 139 companies. It was reported that domestic coal stocks…

EU renews its commitment to Gulf of Guinea anti-piracy patrols

The European Union has said that it intends to carry on with the deployment of its member states’ warships in the Gulf of Guinea After a review of the Coordinated Maritime Presences (CMP) pilot programme, which has seen member states deploy warships to the region over the past two years to help local forces in…

Gard provides special extension of cover for communicable disease/coronavirus risks

Norway-based marine insurer and Group Club Gard has provided a special extension to fixed premium P&I Members and Small Craft customers for communicable disease/coronavirus risks. Similar to last year, the market reinsurance contract covering Gard P&I (Bermuda) Ltd and Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig –’s fixed premium P&I business (fixed premium P&I covers are reinsured outside…

Japan Club announces new disease exclusion clause

Reporting on its 609th Meeting of the Association’s Board of Directors on January 14th, the Club resolved to amend Rule 37 of the Rules of the Association and to introduce a new special clause entitled “WHO Communicable Disease Exclusion Clause”, effective February 20th 2022. The Club said that “due to the requirements of the global…

NGO Shipbreaking Platform has Canada shipbreaking in its sights

NGO Shipbreaking Platform has joined local residents and K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) in calling on federal, provincial and regional Canadian authorities to make sure that the activities carried out by the operator, Deep Water Recovery Ltd (DWR), “cease to cause harm to both local communities and the surrounding environment”. NGO said that 18 months had…

US court issues arrest warrant for Crystal Symphony

The provisional liquidation of Genting Hong Kong has resulted in a court in Florida issuing a warrant for the arrest of cruise ship Crystal Symphony (IMO 9066667). The vessel is operated by Crystal Cruises a subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong. Crystal Symphony’s current voyage was scheduled to terminate in Miami on Saturday January 22nd. The…

BIMCO publishes Force Majeure Clause 2022

Philip Stephenson, Regional Director at Standard Club, and Jamie Wallace, Legal Director at Standard, have commented on BIMCO’s Force Majeure Clause 2022. The clause addresses force majeure events occurring under contracts used by the shipping industry that affects the performance of the parties. It is a model clause that BIMCO has said “should be carefully…

China – Pilot programme opening up coastal carriage to vessels of foreign container lines

UK Club’s correspondent Huatei Marine has reported on an announcement by the China’s Ministry of Transport on December 13th 2021 regarding a pilot programme that would open up partially the coastal trade in China. Eligible foreign vessels, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Macao Special Administrative Region would be allowed to participate in…

Yantian restricts container entry to ease overflow

The operators of Yantian terminal, the largest port facility in Shenzhen, have from ruled temporarily that full containers can only be trucked in four days before vessels are due to berth. The terminal is stacked to overflowing with containers. Shenzhen, the world’s fourth-largest container port, was suffering from severe congestion just ahead of the Lunar…