12 July 2016:-
Some crew related issues are highlighted below with actions suggested for Member's reference. Comments are invited and if you have any other crew issues requiring follow-up from my office, please let us know and we would be pleased to do so.
First of all, congratulations to Captain Radhika Menon - an Indian tanker captain, who is to receive 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea as decided at the IMO Council meeting earlier in Jul 2016 (http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/21-Bravery-Award-2016.aspx). The Awards ceremony is expected to take place at IMO Headquarters, on 21 November, at the end of the first day of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC).
1. New P&I cover to comply with the amended MLC2006 before 18 Jan 2017
The amendments to MLC 2006 will enter into force on 18 Jan 2017. Ships are required to have certificates on board issued by an insurer (P&I Clubs) confirming that insurance is in place for the cost and expense of crew repatriation, and up to four months contractually entitled arrears of wages and entitlements following abandonment (MLC Regulation 2.5.2, as amended). A further certificate will be required for liabilities for contractual claims arising from seafarer personal injury, disability or death (MLC Standard A4.2, as amended). In order to assist owners in complying with these additional financial security requirements, all 13 International Group (IG) P&I Clubs currently propose to provide the necessary MLC certification by way of an extension clause to the P&I rules, and indemnify the seafarers directly, should the requisite MLC event occur, but with a right of indemnity from Members and on the basis that these new MLC liabilities will not fall within the IG’s existing pooling arrangements.