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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 Costs Cover and associated insurances.

As market leader, we insure over 33,000 small and specialist vessels across the globe.

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 an A rating from Standard & Poor’s.

We are one of the 13 P&I Clubs which make up the International Group, collectively insuring over 90% of the world’s ocean-going tonnage.

Latest news and insight

  • Latest Seafarers Happiness Index report reveals seafarer welfare crisis at tipping point

    The latest Seafarers Happiness Index, published today by The Mission to Seafarers, has revealed the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the welfare of international seafarers and their families.

  • Electronic Record Books under MARPOL

    One of the key elements of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) is the accurate record keeping of movements and/or discharges of shipboard substances and materials that are considered hazardous to the environment.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Latest information and updates

    Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

  • Who is liable when property is damaged under offshore contracts?

    Damage to property, whether fixed or moveable, is a common risk during the operation of an offshore vessel. This risk can often result in a significant liability exposure for Members, as the damage may not be limited to their property, but also to property belonging either to their contractual counterparties, or third parties.

  • Limitation of liability: Who is an ‘Operator’ and who is a ‘Manager’ – Stema Barge II [2020] EHWC 1294

    This article, written by Ian Teare and Matthew Dow of Law Firm, Wikborg Rein, discusses the judgment handed down in the Admiralty Court on the case of the Stema Barge II, and looks in detail at the scope and meaning on the Limitation Convention 1976. In determining the meaning of ‘Operator’, it was necessary for the Court to also examine the meaning of ‘Manager’. This is the first time that the English Court has been called upon to consider this issue which it did in some detail.

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  • Reactivation of vessels after a period of lay up

    The shipping market continues to experience a prolonged period of downturn, especially in the offshore sector. We have seen owners and operators often being compelled to lay up tonnage.

  • Closure of the 2017 policy year without additional call

    At their meeting of the 21 May 2020 the Board considered the open policy years and in particular the 2017 policy year, which is now three years old.

  • AGM Minutes May 2020

    Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Members held at 16 Rue Notre-Dame, L-2240, Luxembourg, on Thursday 21 May, 2020 at 9.00 hours.

  • IG Circular: US Global Maritime Advisory

    On 14 May 2020 the US issued a Global Maritime Advisory (Guidance) aimed at a range of industry sectors including marine insurers such as P&I clubs and shipowners and charterers.

  • Mexico alert – Smuggling of illegal narcotics – risk of ship detention and crew arrest

    The International Group of P&I Clubs, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), BIMCO and InterManager (the international industry organisations) draw Members’ attention to the series of recent ship detentions and crew arrests in Mexico and, in the case of the UBC Savannah, the lengthy and continuing detention in custody of the ship’s Master without any formal charges against him, following the discovery of illegal narcotics on board.

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