5 tips to stay protected amid coronavirus

Following the coronavirus situation, The Shipowners Club issued five tips in order members avoid the spread of the disease. At the same time, the Club recommends all members to stay advised concerning the outbreak by following the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisories.

To prevent the coronavirus spread, the Club advises to do regular handwashing, cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

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In fact, Shipowners Club recommends members to:

Manage their health Maintain clean hands Minimize contact Mask up when feeling unwell Monitor the news

Among others, the Club advises its members to be aware of the restrictions and health checks that may be imposed by port authorities of cou…

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Increased limits of liability expected in Singapore

Singapore has recently implemented the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 1976 (LLMC 1976). Therefore, effective from 29 December 2019, operators can expect increased limits of liability for maritime claims.

According to the Shipowners' Club, the applicable limitation amount is typically calculated based on:

The gross tonnage of the vessel that is involved; The applicable daily conversion rates for Special Drawing Rights (SDR). SDR is not a currency in itself but is a recognised monetary unit. The daily conversion rates for SDRs can be found on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) website.

After Malaysia adopted the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims of 1976 (as amended in 2012 and effective from 2015) (1996 Protocol) in 2014, Singapore became a comparatively more popular jurisdiction to anchor a shipowners’ defence following a collision or an allision, because of the lower appl…

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Lessons learned: Overloaded gangway leads to fatality

In its recently-released guidance on safe gangways, the Shipowners Club shared lessons learned from the fatality of a contractor after falling from an overloaded gangway.

As a gang of 16 cleaning contractors boarded a container ship via the vessel’s gangway in single file, the outboard end of the gangway moved off the quay edge and dropped about 1metre until its weight was taken up by the lowering wires.

Of the last three contractors to step onto the gangway, two lost their balance when the gangway dropped, and fell into the water.

The third managed to hold onto the safety net. Despite an immediate recovery attempt, one of the contractors, who fell into the water, drowned.



The roller at the bottom of the gangway had not been placed fully on the quay due to the proximity of a shore gantry crane. This resulted in the bottom roller projecting over the water below.

As the contractors climbed the gangway, their combined we…

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Lessons learned: Passenger injury on access ramp

In its latest gangways guidance, the Shipowners Club describes a case of a passenger injury on the access ramp while boarding a ferry. The claimant's lawyers supported that this incident occurred because the ramp was unattended and not because the ramp was unsafe.

The incident

The harbour ferry, operating in smooth water, was fitted with hydraulic ramps designed for passenger embarkation or disembarkation.

The ramps had been lowered to enable passengers to board the vessel and having been positioned, the hydraulics were ‘locked’.

Shortly after passengers started to board, another vessel backed into an adjacent wharf, creating some wash.

The combination of that wash and wave actions in the harbour caused the ferry to surge and roll.

The movement resulted in the hydraulic ramp fitted to the ferry rising a few inches up off the connecting hydraulic ramp fitted to the jetty.

When the vessel rolled back, a passenger’s foot was trapped bet…

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Lessons learned: Difficult step causes passenger injury

In its latest Loss Prevention guidance on gangways, the Shipowners Club describes a case of an injury to an elderly passenger disembarking from a tourist craft operating in north-eastern Australia. The Club highlighted a poor implementation of safety management system.

The incident

The craft itself was of unusual construction, being a semi-submersible vessel designed to allow passengers to view coral reefs through windows in the lower deck below water level.

The incident occurred after the vessel had returned to the dock.

The passenger and her husband had not disembarked with the main body of passengers as they had remained on board to search for a lost piece of camera equipment.

Having found the missing item, they ascended to the main deck and moved towards the gangway.

To do so they had to negotiate a change in level on the upper deck where there was a 27cm step. In doing so, the lady stumbled and fell, breaking her ankle.

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