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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

  • Unmanned and autonomous vessels – the legal implications from a P&I perspective

    Unmanned and autonomous vessels are a hot topic in the shipping industry at present, but whilst rapid advances are being made on the technical side, is the liability regime keeping pace and what are the implications for P&I cover?

  • Guidance and best practice for operators considering unmanned vessels

    Increased investment has resulted in exponential advancements in autonomous vessel technology. Such funding has made way for more autonomous designs to be realised and there is a distinct possibility that in the future, when choosing new vessels to replenish or expand their fleet, Members will consider the acquisition of vessels which incorporate some level of autonomy.

  • Renewal 2018/2019

    In our Half Year Report, it was noted that the Club had achieved a positive underwriting result, reporting a 99.3% combined ratio. The Board noted that during the third quarter there had been ongoing pressure on income and that claims activity had continued in line with the first half of the year, which included enhanced activity of claims reported by Clubs to the International Group through the Pooling mechanism.

  • Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting Thursday 11th January 2018

    Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary General Meeting of The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) will be held on Thursday 11th January 2018 at 11.45 hours at The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg), 16, Rue Notre-Dame, L-2240 Luxembourg, for the purpose of considering and if thought fit, passing the following as a SPECIAL RESOLUTION.

  • Reminder of Kingfisher Information Service

    In June 2016, the Club issued a bulletin advising Members to utilise the Kingfisher Information Service of offered by Seafish. Kingfisher’s Offshore Renewable & Cable Awareness project has been designed to assist fishermen operating in the North Sea and around the UK by providing free, accurate and up-to-date information relating to subsea cables and offshore wind farms.

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  • Psychological wellbeing at sea

    Following the success of our Crew Health campaign, the Club is pleased to announce that it will extend its partnership with the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) to provide a series of articles on Psychological Wellbeing at Sea.

  • The Shipowners’ Club extends partnership with ISWAN to better Psychological Wellbeing at Sea

    Following the success of our Crew Health campaign, the Club is pleased to announce that it will be extending its partnership with the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) to deliver a series of articles on Psychological Wellbeing at Sea.

  • Roger Adamson: Think big, start small

    Dominated by small enterprises and owner operators, heavily regulated, playing a critical role in the movement of goods and facing the uncertainty of a future where automation and unmanned operation will fundamentally change the nature of the industry.” That’s a description warning those with in the trucking industry in the USA of change but it could equally apply to the small and specialist vessel market.

  • Autonomous vessels

    The Shipowners’ Club is the leading global insurer for small and specialist vessels. Having provided ship owners with comprehensive liability protection, on a mutual basis, since 1855. Since our conception, the Club has bared witness to the seemingly infinite evolution of the shipping industry and has always endeavoured to remain at the forefront of developments.

  • The Shipowners’ P&I Club hosts Managing in a Crisis webinar – recording available

    The Shipowners’ Club, the leading mutual P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector, has chaired its second webinar, on the topic of Managing in a Crisis.

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