New Stoploss On STS, Inspections and Liquefaction

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Feb 252011

StopLoss the London P&I Club’s loss prevention publication is available now in both English and Mandarin. Both versions can be downloaded by clicking here.

Also, spoken versions of StopLoss, again in both English and Mandarin, will very shortly be available as podcasts on

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GPS: Do You Need To Fix Those Fixes?

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Sep 302010

Mariners must be aware that on many charts still in use, a correction has to be applied to a satellite derived position referenced to WGS84 before the position is plotted on the chart, warns the latest issue of the London P&I Club’s Stoploss Bulletin.

Navigating officers should always check the charts for information about corrections that need to be applied to satellite derived positions when preparing a passage plan and alert the navigators to any existing corrections which are required before positions are plotted on the individual charts.

this issue is also emphasised by an incident in which a ship grounded as a result of total reliance on GPS, coupled with a failure to recognise that a significant correction had to be applied to GPS positions before they were plotted on the chart. During a coastal passage, a containership ran aground after a navigating officer commenced a significant alteration of course about half a mile before he reached the intended alter course position.

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Beware – Hookers In The Parking Lot

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Jul 182009

Safe at anchor? Not! Photo: London P&I Club Stoploss Bulletin

Anchoring and anchored ships seem to have a disturbing habit of bumping into each other, especially in places where there are strong currents or tidal flows, warns the London P&I Club’s latest Stoploss bulletin. With so many ships laid-up in various harbours around the world, it’s a problem that’s likely to be with us for a while.

Yet many of the incidents reviewed by the Club precede the recent market difficulties which have led to a significant increase in the number of ships at anchor off busy ports.

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Swine Flu Advisory

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May 022009

London P&I Club has alerted its members on the Swine Flu situation. Swine Flu may not be as deadly as first appeared but responses to it will affect shipping and seafarers. The UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency has also  issued guidelines advising masters to take seafarers suspected of having contracted the disease off duty and treat them aboard ship.

THE United Nation’s World Health Organization (WHO) is co-ordinating the response to the potential pandemic of influenza A (H1N1), which is often referred to as “pig flu” or “swine flu”.

In addition to Mexico, where the outbreak began, cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. Deaths have been confirmed in Mexico and the US. Moreover, suspected cases are being investigated in many countries including, Australia, Brazil, Guatemala, Peru, South Africa and South Korea.

The early symptoms of “swine flu” are said to be similar to the more common type of influenza (fever, head ache, chills, sore throat etc) but the WHO is concerned about the relatively high mortality rates of those infected with the influenza A (H1N1) virus.

The WHO has produced the attached interim guidance on infection prevention and control, which they has emphasised may be revised as their understanding of the virus develops.

WHO’s dedicated website can be accessed here.