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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

  • Maritime media management

    In November 2017, the Club held a webinar on Managing in a Crisis. The webinar, held in partnership with Steven Jones and Louise McWatt of McWatt and Jones, covered key crisis management aspects such as how to react to an emergency, respond to a crisis and deal with affected stakeholders.

  • Interim guidance on maritime security in the Southern Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb

    Following our recent Update on piracy attacks, the International Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO and Intertanko have published an Interim Guidance on Maritime Security in the Southern Red Sea and Bab Al-Mandeb which is to be followed in conjunction with Best Management Practices for Protection against Somalia Based Piracy (BMP 4).

  • Keir Gravil: Autonomous vessels – the challenges and opportunities in design

    Automation presents a set of unique challenges to designers, insurers and operators of ships. In this article, Keir Gravil, a naval architect at Frazer-Nash Consultancy in Bristol, UK discusses some of the key issues that could face automated ships of the future from a design perspective.

  • Maritime Labour Convention 2006 as amended (MLC) – Liability for uninsured MLC liabilities

    Members will be aware from the Club’s Circulars issued in June 2016 and October 2016, concerning the implementation of financial certification requirements in accordance with the amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC), it was agreed that the Boards of all International Group Clubs would provide the necessary certification.

  • Benefits of Club membership – Premium stability

    When it comes to the placing of P&I risks, we know that Members and their brokers have several choices. The long tail nature of P&I claims must never be underestimated and therefore the long-term stability of a mutual P&I Club and the partnership forged between the Member and the Club in understanding the risks associated with their individual operations is essential.

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  • Steps to Positive Mental Health – 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.

  • Towage risks and cover in Latin America

    For almost fifty years, the Club has insured a large number of tugs operating in Latin America, performing a variety of towage tasks including harbour towage (assisting in the berthing and un-berthing of other vessels), coastal towage, and towage of barge convoys through inland waterways.

  • President Trump waives Iran sanctions as part of JCPOA

    President Trump has agreed to waive sanctions lifted by the United States (US), as part of the JCPOA (‘the deal’). These sanctions must be waived every 120 days to keep them from coming back into force under the deal.

  • Liability Insurance Policy for European Inland Craft 2018 (Inland Policy)

    The Club is pleased to inform Members of changes to the Inland Policy for 2018. The changes, together with explanations, can be accessed via the ‘view pdf’ button above and will take effect for all policies incepting as from 20 February 2018.

  • Dan Hook: Five key steps for the operation of autonomous vessels

    Autonomous marine systems are becoming ever more popular across a range of industries including defence, science and offshore energy. While the adoption of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) happened some years ago, attention has now turned to Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs) to aid, and in some cases, fully replace traditional manned vessels.

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