Bulletin: Re-issue of ship to ship oil transfer operations bulletin

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Further to our bulletin on 27 January 2015, advising Members of claims concerning Ship to Ship (STS) operations, the Club continues to experience a large number of collision claims related to berthing operations during STS.

In 2015 the Club was faced with 83 collision cases involving STS operations and in 2016, there have been 81 collision claims to date.

With shipping markets currently facing challenging operating conditions increasingly vessels are being laid up, the available sea room for STS operations is diminishing and approaches to ports and anchorages are becoming increasingly congested.

We would therefore like to remind our Members to incorporate the recommendations detailed in our bulletin of 27 January 2015 into their operating procedures and exercise due caution while manoeuvering to berth alongside the Mother vessel.