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

  • Navigation Booklet Series

    The art of navigation may be second nature to deep-sea mariners, but for those crews who do not use this skill very often it can present some significant difficulties. Results from the Club’s Condition Survey Programme often highlight a limited understanding of basic navigation practices.

  • Importance of proper passage planning

    Despite the ongoing discussion in the shipping industry regarding the importance of comprehensive passage planning over multiple years, the Club continues to observe countless incidents across the industry that can be largely attributed to either improper or non-existent passage planning.

  • Notice of Annual General Meeting – 3 June 2021

    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 16 rue Notre-Dame, L-2240, Luxembourg on Thursday 3 June 2021 at 11.00 hours

  • The Shipowners’ Club reports increased Member, vessel and tonnage numbers and strong investment return in 2020

    The Shipowners’ Club, the leading mutual P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector, has reported results for the year ended 31 December 2020.

  • Annual Report 2020

    The Shipowners’ Club, the leading mutual P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector, has reported resilient results for the year ending 31 December 2020.

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  • Agapi Terzi: Is “CLEAN ON BOARD”, clean enough?

    The Tai Prize represents a significant decision, as it provides some answers to practical issues encountered by Masters at load ports when signing bills of lading. Masters may frequently find themselves under commercial pressure to sign the bill of lading “as presented”, “CLEAN ON BOARD” and “shipped in apparent good order and condition”. Sometimes such pressure exists on the basis that the charterparty requires the Master to sign bills of lading “as presented”. However, the judgement in the Tai Prize case highlights that it is ultimately the Master who must make the decision, after carrying out their own assessment.

  • 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.

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