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

  • Madhavi Arya: We won, now what? Enforcement options in Singapore

    There is a common misconception that the matter ends once a judgment or award is obtained at the end of legal proceedings. In reality, the next step of enforcement determines if the judgment or award will materialise into a monetary recovery. In this LCC update, we set out briefly how and whether an award or judgement from a foreign court or tribunal can be enforced in Singapore.

  • IG Circular: Vaccination of Seafarers – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) relating to P&I Club Cover July 2021

    This document has been produced by the thirteen P&I Clubs which are members of the International Group of P&I Clubs in order to answer a number of questions that are frequently asked about P&I Club cover relating to the vaccination of seafarers.

  • Experts in Offshore Wind

    From the beginnings of offshore wind, Members of the Shipowners’ Club have been involved across the entire spectrum of operations, from site planning to installation and maintenance. As the leading insurer of specialist vessels, our Members were among the first to push into this now fast growing sector. As their knowledge and experience has grown, so has ours, in depth knowledge of our Members operations, experience of putting together solutions, and an understanding of the offshore wind sector which has developed over many years.

  • Precuationary guidance when expecting storms

    Tropical storms are a peril of the sea often faced by seafarers. The associated adverse weather may endanger a vessel and put its crew in a  life-threatening situation. With continuous improvements and advancements in weather forecasting technology, accurate weather prediction is now possible most of the time. However, it remains important that weather forecasts are continuously monitored so that in the event of a storm, the necessary steps are taken swiftly to ensure safety of the vessel and crew.

  • New mobile app offers seafarers offline access to ISWAN’s 24-hour support and resources

    The Shipowners’ Club, the leading mutual P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector and the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) have joined forces to launch a new app, ISWAN for Seafarers. Seafarers can now download the free mobile app which can be used offline to access help, information and support around the clock.

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  • Navigation Resources

    Navigation is an ever evolving skill and therefore navigators must continuously appraise themselves of navigational techniques, including making use optimal use of information, equipment and navigation aids that are on hand and available to them. Members should also ensure that crew have received appropriate training and familairisation to safely perform their navigational duties.

  • Guidance On Ensuring The Weathertight Integrity of Hatch Covers

    The Club in collaboration with McAusland Turner has produced advice on effective hatch cover maintenance for dry cargo ships including preventative action against ingress of water.

  • IG Circular: Paperless Trading Electronic Trading Systems – Update to essDOCS Terms and Conditions

    This circular confirms approval by the International Group of an updated version of essDOCS’s electronic trading system.


  • AGM Minutes June 2021

    Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Members held at 16 Rue Notre-Dame, L-2240, Luxembourg, on Thursday 3 June, 2021 at 11:00 hours.

  • Closure of the 2018 policy year without additional call

    At their meeting in Luxembourg on the 3 June 2021 the Board considered the open policy years and in particular the 2018 policy year, which is now three years old.

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