The Maritime Advocate-Issue 665



1. Tension Leg Offshore Oil Platform is not a Vessel
2. Up to Date Sanctions
3. Roadmap to a Sustainable Shipping Industry by 2040
4. Colloquium on Maritime Law
5. London Evening Classes for Shipping Professionals
6. People and Places

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1. Tension Leg Offshore Oil Platform is not a Vessel

The latest edition of Dennis L Bryant’s Maritime Blog contains a note
of interest to those whose maritime interests include offshore oil operations:-

In Baker v. Gulf Island Marine Fabricators, No. 15-60634 (5th Cir.,
August 19, 2016) The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed
the denial of benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation
Act (LHWCA) to an employee allegedly injured in the employer’s waterside
marine fabrication yard while building a housing module designed for
use on a tension leg offshore oil platform (TLP). The court held that
the TLP is not a vessel and that plaintiff’s activities did not have
a sufficiently substantial nexus to outer continental shelf (OCS) operations.


2. Up to Date Sanctions

Our friends over at the Japan P&I Club have sent in an update to
the 56 page matrix produced by Norton Rose Fullbright which should help
anyone wishing to brush up on the subject. As irksome as sanctions often
are to shipping people trying to move cargo from willing sellers to
willing buyers, we think they should be viewed as part of the world’s
efforts to police itself using measures which fall short of war and

The update begins:-

This sanctions summary matrix summarises sanctions imposed by the European
Union (EU) and United States of America (US) with regard to certain
selected countries considered most relevant to the shipping industry.
This summary does not include a summary of all sanctions imposed by
the EU and US.

The sanctions summary matrix provides a broad overview of the EU and
US sanctions regimes as amended from time to time. It is intended to
highlight trigger points for further enquiries rather than serve as
comprehensive sanctions advice. EU and US sanctions are complex and
a general guide such as this cannot cover every single circumstance
that may arise in relation to such sanctions. Caution should be exercised
at all times when trading to the jurisdictions listed in the below summary,
or when trading with individuals or entities from such jurisdictions.
If you have any concerns or uncertainties regarding sanctions, you should
consult your compliance team and/ or seek legal advice.

EU and US sanctions regulations are frequently updated and amended.
This guide will be updated on an on-going basis as and when we are alerted
to the implementation of new legislation. However, please note that
updates to this summary could be subject to a time lag.

There is no standard due diligence process which should be carried
out in order to ensure that a reasonable level of due diligence has
been conducted. The level of due diligence required is highly case specific
and a risk based approach must be adopted.


3. Roadmap to a Sustainable Shipping Industry by 2040

The latest edition of SSI’s quarterly newsletter leads with their news
that SSI members and key industry stakeholders have worked together
to define tangible milestones across all areas of sustainability that
must be collectively delivered by the industry to meet the SSI’s
2040 Vision

The SSI Roadmap is a set of key milestones and priorities which must
be met in order to create a sustainable shipping industry by 2040. Developed
in line with SSI’s Vision 2040 and Case for Action, the Roadmap
provides a clear overview of the macro environment that a sustainable
shipping industry will require by 2040.

The development of the Roadmap embodies the core attributes and values
of SSI’s membership in working together to evaluate and establish
the tangible change that will be needed to create a sustainable industry.
SSI members showed considerable commitment, as well as investing their
knowledge and expertise to define a Roadmap, which truly encapsulates
what needs to be delivered to create a more sustainable industry.

The Roadmap is designed as a guide for the SSI and its members, and
shared freely with the wider shipping industry. It is intended as a
practical resource for companies and organisations to understand their
present and future challenges, as well as the steps and milestones to
shape their own sustainability strategies.

As a ‘live’ working tool, the SSI will be actively engaging
further with the industry to periodically update the Roadmap based on
progress that is made, and the industry landscape changes and evolves.
This will be fed back into the Roadmap and updates shared with the market.

The Roadmap is available in two versions, simple and full detail view:-

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4. Colloquium on Maritime Law

Andrew Tettenborn, the Professor of Commercial Law at Swansea University

At Swansea university we run an annual (expenses-covered-non-profit)
Colloquium on maritime law every year; this year it’s on charters of
all shapes and sizes, which may well be of interest to your Readers..

The Colloquium takes place on 15-16 September at Swansea.

For details go to:-


5. London Evening Classes for Shipping Professionals

Jeff Blum writes:-

Maritime Education & Training Ltd (METL) is open for enrolment
for the new academic year 2016-2017 in preparation for the Institute
of Chartered Shipbrokers examinations in May 2017. Evening classes are
held at our venue at King’s College, Guy’s Campus, behind London Bridge
station from 5th September 2016 until 30th March 2017.

Details are available on our website

and all enquiries may be sent to:-


6. People and Places

The Navigators Group has restructured the leadership team of its global
claims organisation, effective September 1.

The newly created role of global chief claims officer of the Navigators
Group has been filled by Glen Bronstein, who was promoted from the position
of executive vice president and chief claims officer. Bronstein will
have oversight responsibility for the global claims organisation, encompassing
the claims operations of the company’s three global underwriting
segments. Prior to Navigators, Bronstein worked at American International
Group for 19 years where he served in a variety of executive positions.

Succeeding Bronstein is Marina Barg, who has been promoted to chief
claims officer for US insurance. Barg joined Navigators in 2014 as the
leader of the US casualty claims unit, and before that served as a claim
executive at Starr Companies.

Ruth Roberts will continue to act as chief claims officer for claims
arising out of Navigator’s London market business.

Michael Phipps has been appointed to the role as a claims manager
for Navigators International Insurance Company, Navigator’s recently
authorised UK domiciled insurance company. Phipps previously work at
Chubb in a variety of claims management roles in the UK, Australia and


Doug Brittin, Secretary General since 2013, has advised the Board of
Directors of TIACA that he will retire at the end of this year.A selection
committee, under the direction of Sebastiaan Scholte of Jan de Rijk
Logistics has been established and has commenced the process to review
and recruit candidates. Brittin will stay with TIACA in an advisory
capacity once the new Secretary General has been appointed to ensure
a smooth transition and to continue to support the TIACA Board.


Sam Chambers writes in the Splash 24/7 newszine:-

New Delhi has tapped Essar Shipping’s managing director Anoop
Kumar Sharma to head the state-run Shipping Corporation of India (SCI),
a rare instance where the government has gone to the private sector
to appoint a head of a state-run entity.

The post has been vacant for more than a year, with a director, BB
Sinha, taking temporary charge for the past 12 months. Sharma has been
given a three-year contract. Prior to Essar he had in fact worked for
SCI for many years. By taking the SCI top post he is taking a big pay
cut, with some local media suggesting an 80% haircut.

A native of Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, the 1960-born Sharma came to Mumbai
as a teenager and started at Training Ship T.S. Rajendra. It was inevitable
that, upon completion of his training in 1978, he would join the fount
of Indian shipping talent, Shipping Corporation of India (SCI).

He remained an SCI man, sailing on the state-owned company’s vessels
until late-1992, and then coming ashore on December 14 1992, the day
after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, that resulted in enormous
political commotion and violence in India. Over the subsequent 16 years,
Sharma gained rich and varied shore experience at SCI, moving from one
department to another.

He joined Essar in 2008, India’s third largest line, and has held
the ceo and managing director posts since April last year.


From the Avo Archive

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How slowly time flies. Looking around for references to sanctions we
turned up this routine renewal review in Issue 425 dated February 24th,
2010 which demonstrates how ponderously the world of marine liabilities
is wont to turn:-

P&I Renewals

After all the excitement of recent years, the P&I market has to
some extent returned to the niche where it takes a great deal of time
for nothing much to happen. The ships of the Islamic Republic of Iran,
forced out of the North of England, Steam Ship Mutual and the South
of England no less by government sanctions are we understand from normally
reliable sources in insurance limbo.

In a low key year where only an incremental increase was under the
discussion, the total increase garnered in, according to Aon is about
a 4.54 per cent average amounting to an extra USD159 million. In previous
years the aftermath of the renewal came in the form of leaks from the
normally tight lipped Clubs. Some years verged on the farcical when
every Club seemed to do terribly well and everybody claimed to be up
on the year. The well-connected Jim Mulrenan of Tradewinds acts by general
acclaim as the lightening rod to the leakers and usually has by far
the best round up of the gains and losses of what is traditionally one
of the least volatile areas of marine insurance with many loyal members.

This year the North of England, Skuld and Standard Clubs appear to
have done the best and the UK, West and London Clubs have drfted downwards
a little. The Gard and Britannia Clubs , unusually seem to have lost
ships but the Gard says it is ahead on tonnage on the year. Life at
the top of the IG Clubs is not as settled as it once was. The market
leadership moved from the UK to the Gard in recent times and to the
naked eye there are some Clubs in London especially which seem to be
treading water, in want of fire in bellies, uncertain of what the future
holds, competent at what they do but bearing the unmistakable signs
of long term entropy. When director tonnage like Golden Union leaves
its traditional home Club (the London) for a new berth at the North
of England, the old order creaketh.


Good Samaritan

A kind-hearted fellow was walking through Central Park in New York
and was astonished to see an old man, fishing rod in hand, fishing over
a beautiful bed of lillies.

"Tsk Tsk!" said the passerby to himself. "What a sad
sight. That poor old man is fishing over a bed of flowers. I’ll see
if I can help."

The kind fellow walked up to the old man and asked, "What are
you doing, my friend?"

"Fishin’, sir."

"Fishin’, eh. Well how would you like to come have a drink with

The old man stood put his rod away and followed the kind stranger to
the corner bar. He ordered a large glass of beer and a fine cigar.

His host, the kind fellow, felt good about helping the old man, and
he asked, "Tell me, old friend, how many did you catch this morning?"

The old fellow took a long drag on the cigar, blew a careful smoke
ring and replied, "You are the sixth today, sir!"


Five Tips for a Woman

1. It is important that a man helps you around the house and has a

2. It is important that a man makes you laugh.

3. It is important to find a man you can count on and doesn’t lie to

4. It is important that a man loves you and spoils you.

5. It is important that these four men don’t know each other.

[Jokes courtesy of Paul Dixon’s Joke of the Day Zine]


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