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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 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 an A rating from 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

  • The Shipowners’ Club reports a steady year

    Shipowners’ Club, the leading mutual P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector, has reported positive results for the year ending 31 December 2017, despite the challenging market conditions to both the insurance and shipping sectors.

  • Notice of Annual General Meeting – 24 May 2018

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) will be held at Le Royal, 12 Boulevard Royal, L 2449 Luxembourg on Thursday 24th May 2018 at 09.00 hours.

  • Container operations risk assessment

    The marine transportation of containers is a dynamic operation which requires close supervision from the moment the containers are taken under the Member’s care until such time when they are safely delivered to the receiver. It comes as no surprise that the nature of this trade gives rise to a considerably large volume of claims, many of which could have been easily avoided had greater oversight and diligence been exercised.

  • Case Study: Improper securing arrangement of sea strainer cover leads to vessel capsizing

    Completion of tasks such as securing of the sea strainer covers should be suitably supervised by a competent person as required by company procedures and the relevant task risk assessment.
    Replacement spares used on critical equipment should be as-per their original design to ensure fitness for purpose.

  • Case study: crew injury – cargo lift overload

    To facilitate the carrying out of emergency drills and crew training, a fishing vessel suspended its operations and buoyed off its hauling line. During this time, four crew members were working in the freezer hold, stowing frozen offal blocks.

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  • Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa

    The Club would like to draw Member’s attention to the notification of an outbreak of Listeriosis in South Africa. Inspectors from the Department of Health and Agriculture and the World Health Organisation (WHO) sampled processed meats which tested positive for the ST6 type strain.

  • Hazards associated with dirty engine room bilges

    The Club would like to highlight to Member’s the potential fire hazards associated with oily engine room bilges and the checks and steps that a ship’s crew should undertake to address this issue. A recent analysis of the Club’s Condition Survey Programme highlighted that approximately 25% of the vessels surveyed reported contaminated engine room bilges.

  • Psychological Wellbeing at Sea – Infographics

    In partnership with the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), the Club is releasing a series of Good Mental Health Guides to better mental wellbeing on board. This includes guidance on how to maximise Psychological Wellbeing at Sea.

  • Mission to Seafarers release Seafarers Happiness Index

    The Mission to Seafarers, and the project founder Steven Jones, have released the first edition of the Seafarers Happiness Index (SHI).

  • Implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to come into force on 25 May 2018. This new regulation will have direct effect in the EEA/ EU and will change the way in which businesses and public sector organisations worldwide, handle the personal information of European Citizens.

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