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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

  • A guide to Member’s cyber risk cover

    What protection can Members expect from their P&I cover when it comes to cyber? The Club has produced a simple guide outlining the Club’s cover position when it comes to…

  • The Shipowners’ Club pledges stability for Membership with encouraging half year results

    The Shipowners’ Club, the leading P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector, has reported financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2020.

  • Half Year Report 2020

    The Club is pleased to announce its financial results for the six months ending 30 June 2020.

  • The Shipowners’ Club co-opts Peter Sydenham and Jan Vermeij to its Board of Directors

    The co-option was agreed at the Club’s Board meeting on the 4 September, with effect from the November 2020 meeting.

  • Bunker Operations Risk Assessment

    Bunkering is one of the most common operations carried out on board, regardless of the vessel type or size. Despite it being a routine operation, disputes may arise, such as those regarding the quantity or quality of bunkers and in some cases the legality, if careful planning is not implemented. The consequences of such situations can vary from machinery breakdowns, to Port State Control (PSC) detentions, to delays, arrests and significant financial and reputational losses. As the shipping industry moves towards cleaner fuels, there is an increased risk of such PSC detentions if the bunkers do not meet the required specifications.

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