IUMI’s first online learning event will take place on Tuesday, 21 June 2016. This webinar launches a series of online sessions on a variety of topical issues.
Recent amendments to SOLAS regulation V1/2 for the verification of the weight of containers require a packed container’s gross mass to be certified prior to stowage on board a vessel. The new rules come into force on July 1, 2016. The shipper is responsible for providing the verified weight and ensuring it is communicated in the shipping documents to the ship’s master or representative, and the terminal representative, sufficiently in advance in order to be used in the ship stowage preparation plan. Many shipping and logistics companies won’t be ready for this new resolution and this is likely to affect the cargo insurance sector in the short term.
Steffen Maelicke, Counsel at Dabelstein & Passehl, Hamburg, will share his insights into the requirements and implications for the insurance industry shortly before the new rules come into force.
Against the background of past maritime accidents in European waters, the VTMIS Directive includes a number of provisions concerning ships in need of assistance seeking a place of refuge. The Directive builds on the IMO-Guidelines on places of refuge, and establishes obligations for the different parties involved in such incidents.
In the aftermath of the MSC Flaminia incident, an expert group on EU level was established in 2013 under the chairmanship of the Commission comprising all EU Member States. This group developed EU Operational Guidelines to complement national plans and apply to situations where it is likely that more than one State may become involved, or where the incident falls outside the jurisdiction of any Member State.
The EU Operational Guidelines were drafted in a common effort including EU Member States, and several industry stakeholders including IUMI, with the support of the Commission and EMSA. They aim at a robust operational process leading to well-advised and, where possible, quicker decision making. At the same time, they should contribute to promoting positive attitudes – within Governments, authorities, and the industry – for the purposes of Places of Refuge. The final guidelines were published in January 2016 and can be found here. To underline the cooperation between EU member states and maritime industry stakeholders a Joint Declaration of EU and industry stakeholders including IUMI was published on 27 January 2016 and can be found here.
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