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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

  • Interactive Supplytime Indemnity Map

    The Club has produced an interactive Supplytime Indemnity Map, which aims to provide an at-a-glance view of the various forms’ knock-for-knock regimes, looking at the indemnities available to a ship owner from a charterer.

  • Malaysia vessel detentions

    The Club would like to inform Members that the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) recently launched ‘Operation Jangkar Haram’, pursuing vessels which are anchored illegally in the eastern waters of Johor as reported by our correspondents Spica Services Malaysia.

  • Milly Brooks: What can Owners claim against a voyage Charterer who exceeds the permitted laytime?

    A 2019 case in the English High Court established that Owners will no longer need to illustrate a separate breach of a charterparty to claim losses in addition to demurrage, provided that those losses are not damages for detention.

  • IG Circular: Update on Electronic (Paperless) Trading

    This circular informs Members of the approval by the International Group of P&I Clubs (the Group) of the TradeLens eBL system.

  • Precautions during LNG bunkering operations

    Due to the properties of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) , there are specific design requirements necessary for it to be safely carried as fuel on board. Bunkering of LNG comes with its own set of unique hazards and therefore requires more safety measures when compared to bunkering of fuel oils.

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  • The International Group of P&I Clubs launches a safety animation to help prevent the loss of life in enclosed spaces on board ships

    Too many lives are lost unnecessarily when seafarers or shore-based personnel enter enclosed spaces on board ships. The International Group has collaborated to produce a safety training animation that draws attention to the risk of entering such spaces without first taking preventive and protective measures.

  • A Shipowners’ liability under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006

    A large majority of the claims handled by the Club involve crew illness or injury, with this in mind, the Club seeks to inform Members that understanding the basis of a Shipowners’ liability and how international conventions may apply is of vital importance to them in their operations.

  • Club Rules 2021

    The Club Rules are here to help you navigate the terms and conditions of your cover so you can be sure of what your membership to the Club entails. This year there have been a number of updates to the Rules which we would like to draw your attention to.

  • A note from the Chairman

    When I spoke to the Club CEO, Simon Swallow, last week we reflected on the strange year we’ve all been through and I congratulated him and all of the Club’s staff for the way in which they had adapted and shown remarkable dedication in the new working environment forced upon them.

  • IG Circular: United States sanctions on Venezuela

    This Circular provides information on the recent designation by the Government of the United States of Venezuela’s Maritime Authority (Instituto Nacional de los Espacios Acuaticos – “INEA”).

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