Bunker quality issues a major concern, says North

North P&I Club put bunker quality issues and safety management centre-stage at its annual seminar for the Greek shipping community, held last week at the Yacht Club of Greece in Mikrolimano, Piraeus.

North’s Colin Gillespie and John Southam spoke on the evolving nature of safety management and the emergence of Safety Management 2.0. They argued that a systems-based approach to safety, one that relied on processes and checklists, was no longer sufficient

Gillespie and Southam explained the importance of a new approach to safety that embraced other vital elements, including leadership, risk management and culture.

Helen Yiacoumis presented on bunker quality issues. She said that, when it comes to bunker management, owners and operators needed to think about more than just the 2020 sulphur cap. She referred to ‘the OW Bunker effect’ and the steps to take to avoid double-jeopardy, whereby owners could find themselves liable to paying twice for the same bunkers.

The recent bunker quality disputes were a global concern, with reports of fuel contamination in multiple ports, Yiacoumis said, while also updating Club Members on the technical and contractual considerations, including the key charter party clauses to consider.

Tony Allen, Director (Greece), said “Our annual seminar here at the Yacht Club of Greece is our premier event for our Greek membership and it is an invaluable opportunity, not just to share our latest insights and guidance with our members, but also to address the issues that are top of their agenda. The discussion this year spanned both immediate challenges and the long-term opportunities facing our members.

The seminar also covered bills of lading, early intervention and an update on news from the Club, as well as a Q&A with the 100+ delegates in attendance.

North’s Greece office relocated to a new office space in September 2018, along with a raft of new appointments to grow the team and strengthen its ability to support the Club’s sizeable Greek membership.