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

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

  • Club Rules 2020

    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. These are listed in the front of the Rule book

  • IG circular: Electronic (paperless) trading update

    This circular informs Members of the approval by the International Group of P&I Clubs (the Group) of CargoX. Members may recall, as reported in the previous IG Circular: Electronic (Paperless) trading, that until February 2010 the Rules of all of the Group Clubs specifically excluded liabilities in respect of the carriage of cargo under all electronic, i.e. paperless, trading systems.

  • Chen Zhida: Novel Coronavirus – Implications for charterparties

    Last month, the Club issued a bulletin on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) which explained the origin of the virus and provided advice for Members whose vessels may be trading in affected areas. As the outbreak continues, there are now threats of significant delays to shipments around the world and in particular, Asia. Chen Zhida, Associate Director of Helmsman LLC, provides advice for shipowners and charterers who may be concerned about the impact that COVID-19 may have on charterparties.

  • Fatigue at Sea: Wearable technology

    Sleepiness and fatigue is a major factor impacting accidents at sea. As such, the Club has partnered with Sleep and Fatigue Research Ltd. (Safr) to investigate whether wearable technology can be utilised by shipping companies to identify fatigue hotspots within their operations.

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  • Turkey: Revised pollution fines

    As reported in our previous circular, Pollution Fines in Turkey published in September 2019, fines for causing pollution are imposed under the Turkish Environment Code dated 1983, number 2872. With effect from 1 January 2020, the level of fines have been revised to reflect increases of approximately 23% from the previous year. This update outlines the revised amounts.

  • Improvement in connectivity at sea, but less satisfaction overall, latest Happiness Report shows

    The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published today by The Mission to Seafarers, has revealed that seafarer happiness continues to fluctuate – with improvements in connectivity at sea, but also continuing concerns regarding workload among the issues raised by seafarers.

  • Greece: Increased pollution fines

    Due to recent changes in Greek environmental law, higher pollution fines have been imposed by the authorities with effect from 31 December 2019. This update outlines the increases in the event of oil pollution, as well as providing guidance on what Members should do if a pollution incident occurs.


  • Back to basics guide: CGL insurance & Offshore

    Where a Member does not already have a CGL cover in place, it is not necessary for them to buy one to engage in offshore contracts. The key is establishing their liabilities under the specific contract(s) and obtaining cover which in substance, rather than title, is suitable for such risks. To assist Members grappling with these issues, this article provides a concise overview of the concept of a CGL cover, and how such policies can be compared with the covers provided by P&I Clubs.

  • EGM January 2020 Minutes

    MINUTES of an Extraordinary General Meeting of The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) held on Wednesday 22 January 2019 at 11.45 hours at 16 Rue Notre-Dame, L-2240 Luxembourg.

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