Celebrating 160 years of the Shipowners' Club Celebrating 160 years of the Shipowners' Club
This year marks 160 years of the Shipowners' Club. Take a walk through our history.
Case Study: Bora5 barge towed into Dutch bridge Case Study: Bora5 barge towed into Dutch bridge
On 23 April 2012 our Member’s non self-propelled barge, Bora5, was towed along canals from Schagen to Den Helder by two tugs, Emeraldine and Hardine. At the conclusion of the towage it was reported that the barge had struck a bridge that crosses the canal.
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Welcome to the Shipowners' Club

The Shipowners’ Club has in-depth knowledge of the risks and liabilities you face when operating your fleet, borne from over 160 years of experience in providing Protection and Indemnity (P&I) cover, Legal Assistance and Defence cover and associated insurances.

As market leader, we insure over 32,000 small and specialist vessels across the globe. Every year, 95% of our members choose to stay with us, and our top 25 members hold an average of 24 years’ continuous entry; testament to our ability to serve Members’ best interests and respond to changing needs.

We have a wide spread of members across a range of vessel types, operating sectors and geographical areas. This diversification delivers stability, allowing us to enjoy a strong balance sheet and A-rated financial security from A. M. Best and Standard & Poor’s.

Referred to as a P&I Club, Shipowners’ is one of thirteen Clubs which make up the International Group, insuring over 90% of the world’s tonnage.

Latest news and insight

  • North Korea – Sanctions Update

    The UN, US and the EU have significantly expanded sanctions against North Korea in response to nuclear and ballistic weapons tests carried out by the country earlier this year. These restrictions impose tough new measures.

  • Compensation clauses in seafarer employment agreements

    The Club has recently been in discussions with the ITF about the wording of Seafarer Employment Agreements (SEAs). The ITF expressed particular concern about clauses used by some of our Members that provide for injury or death compensation to be paid ‘in accordance with P&I Club Rules’.

  • Bulletin: Guidance on snap-back zones

    The Club would like to bring to our Members’ attention the dangers of tensioned mooring lines, with particular focus on the potential failure of these when under tension and also highlight the concept of snap-back zones.

  • Syria sanctions

    Both the European Union and the United States continue to apply trade sanctions against the Government of Syria and a number of designated Syrian persons and entities. This circular provides a general overview of key sanctions that apply to Syria shipping and related insurance activities and also describes the potential impact of certain recent developments.

  • IG & CINS Calcium Hypochlorite guidelines

    The International Group of P&I Clubs (IG Clubs) and the shipping line members of the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) have collaborated to produce a new set of guidelines for the carriage of Calcium Hypochlorite in containers.

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  • International code for ships operating in polar waters

    The IMO has released several infographics to help assist Members in understanding the polar code.

  • Bulletin: Maintenance of pilot ladders

    Pilot ladders remain the most efficient way for pilots to board vessels and even though this is a simple process, improper pilot boarding arrangements continue to give rise to claims. These can include serious injuries to pilots sometimes resulting in death.

  • BIMCO Anti-Corruption Clause

    In recent years, there have been significant developments in worldwide anti-corruption legislation. A good example of this under English law is the controversial Bribery Act 2010. The development in anti-corruption legislation has led to a number of anti-corruption rider clauses being inserted into charterparties and other such contracts.

  • Bulletin: Zika virus information

    Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus spread to people primarily by Aedes mosquitoes. The most commonly known symptoms of Zika virus are headache, fever, rash, joint pain, and inflammation on the underside of the eyelid however there are further symptoms being reported such as neurological disorders which could lead to paralysis and death. The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

  • Notice of Annual General Meeting – 2 June 2016

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