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The Shipowners’ Club reports steady half year results despite challenging market conditions

The Shipowners’ Club, the leading P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector, has reported financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2017. The Club recorded a 99.3% combined ratio, demonstrating the small margins to which it always works.

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The Iran deal: Challenges ahead

On 16th January 2016, Implementation Day, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran had complied with its nuclear obligations in line with ‘the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’ (‘JCPOA’). As a result, certain EU and US nuclear related sanctions on Iran were lifted. Implementation Day heralded, for many, the prospect of great business opportunity in a country locked down to the outside world for a number of years.

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  • News

    Steps to Positive Mental Health – Translations

    As a provider of P&I insurance for vessels trading worldwide, the wellbeing of seafarers serving on Member’s vessels remains a key focus of the Club’s Loss Prevention department.

  • News

    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.

  • News

    Interim guidance on maritime security in the Southern Red Sea and Bab…

    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).

  • News

    Keir Gravil: Autonomous vessels – the challenges and…

    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.

  • News

    Maritime Labour Convention 2006 as amended (MLC) – Liability for…

    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…

  • News

    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.

  • News

    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.

  • News

    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.

  • News

    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.

  • Inland, News

    Liability Insurance Policy for European Inland Craft 2018 (Inland…

    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.

  • News

    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.

  • Circulars, News

    Revised version 3.0 of the IG/CINS Guidelines for the Carriage of…

    The International Group of P&I Clubs (IG Clubs) and the shipping line members of the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) have issued a revised version 3.0 of the Guidelines for the Carriage of Calcium Hypochlorite in Containers.

  • Extraordinary General Meetings

    EGM January 2018 Minutes

  • News

    The Mayflower Autonomous Ship Project

    The Mayflower Autonomous Ship project (MAS) is an innovative new venture to design, build and sail the world’s first, fully autonomous unmanned vessel across the Atlantic Ocean.

  • News

    Cyber security on board ships – Tanker Management and Self…

    On 1 January 2018, the Oil Companies International Marine Forum’s (OCIMF) Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA) version 3 will come into force. The TMSA programme provides companies with a means to improve and measure their own safety management systems.

  • News

    Steps to positive mental health

    Last month, the Club announced that it would be extending its partnership with the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) to deliver a series of Good Mental Health Guides. The second guide in the series provides proactive Steps to Positive Mental Health.

  • News

    P&I cover for autonomous vessels

    Our series of Autonomous Vessels articles have highlighted the changes afoot in the maritime industry and legal environment. Developments continue apace and leading industry players expect to start seeing remotely operated vessels in commercial operation by 2020, if not before.

  • News

    Unmanned and autonomous vessels – the legal implications from a…

    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?

  • News

    Guidance and best practise 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.

  • Circulars, News

    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.

  • Extraordinary General Meetings, News

    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.

  • Fishing, News

    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.

  • News

    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.

  • News, Press releases

    The Shipowners’ Club extends partnership with ISWAN to better…

    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.

  • News

    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.

  • News

    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.

  • News, Press releases

    The Shipowners’ P&I Club hosts Managing in a Crisis webinar…

    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.

  • Fishing, News

    Risk assessments for fishing operations

    In 2016, the Club experienced a high volume of crew injury claims on fishing vessels. The latest in our series of Risk assessment articles focuses on risk assessments for fishing operations to assist members in mitigating such claims.

  • Circulars

    U.S. revokes sanctions against Sudan

    As anticipated in our circular Sudan – U.S. moves towards a relaxation of sanctions, the sanctions imposed by the United States (U.S.) against Sudan under Executive Orders 13067 and 13412 have now been formally revoked, as of 12 October 2017.

  • Fishing, News

    ILO Work in Fishing Convention 2007 (Convention no 188) enters into force

    In 2007, the 96th Session of the International Labour Conference adopted the ILO Work in Fishing Convention (no 188) (‘the new Convention’). On 16 November 2017, one year following its ratification by ten Member countries, the new Convention will enter into force.

  • LCC, News

    Shev Algama: LMAA Terms 2017 – What’s changed?

    On 7 February 2017, the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) published its revised terms, the LMAA Terms 2017. These apply to all appointments made on or after 1 May 2017 and replace the LMAA Terms 2012.

  • News

    HFW Briefing – Limitation of liability in Hong Kong

    On 4 December 2017, Hong Kong will apply legislative amendments to Schedule 2 of the Merchant Shipping (Limitation of Shipowners Liability) Ordinance (Cap. 434).

  • News

    What is the Condition Survey Programme?

    Reducing Members’ exposure to claims is central to the function of the Club’s Loss Prevention department. The department is able to fulfil this mandate by proactively addressing areas of concern which are identified by the Club or within the industry.

  • Cargo, News

    Joint industry publication sets out guidelines for the carriage of…

    New guidelines for the carriage of charcoal and carbon in containers have been published jointly by CINS (the Cargo Incident Notification System) and the International Group of P&I Clubs.

  • News

    Update on piracy attacks

    Further to our advisory bulletin on Renewed piracy attacks off Somalia, the Club would like to remind Members of the risk of exposure to attacks while transiting high piracy areas.

  • News

    Guidance on the safe navigation of the Hidrovía

    Collision incidents in narrow channels or bends of the Hidrovía, South America, have been recorded recently by the Club. During investigations, it has been identified that a common contributing factor to such incidents is the position of the vessel whilst performing passing manoeuvres.

  • News

    Risk assessments for mooring operations

    Following on from our articles on Implementing risk assessments and Risk assessments for passenger vessel operations the Club has produced the next article in the series which  focuses on risk assessments from mooring and unmooring operations.

  • News

    Sleepiness and fatigue are ever-present risks to all on board

    Sleepiness and long term fatigue are now recognised as major factors impacting accidents at sea and seafarer health.

  • News

    Reminder of precautions while loading oil on board

    The Club has continued to record a significant number of oil pollution claims that have occurred during cargo and bunkering operations.

  • News

    Moving beyond the mutual approach and ETC

    As a mutual P&I Club specialising in providing a liability insurance solution to smaller and specialist vessels, we are aware that many owners wish to access the value-added benefits associated with being a member of a P&I Club but, due to their particular operations, prefer the premium approach adopted by the commercial market, which charges fixed premiums with no exposure to supplementary or overspill calls.

  • News, Press releases

    The Shipowners’ Club reports steady half year results despite…

    The Shipowners’ Club, the leading P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector, has reported financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2017. The Club recorded a 99.3% combined ratio, demonstrating the small margins to which it always works.

  • News

    Ballast Water Management convention – guidance and FAQS

    Adopted in 2004 the Ballast Water Management, BWM Convention (the ‘convention’), is the International Convention for the control and management of ship’s ballast water and sediments. The aim of the convention is to remove, render harmless or avoid uptake or discharge of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens within ballast water sediments by mechanical, physical, chemical and biological processes (either singularly or in combination).

  • News, Yacht

    Loss Prevention release guidance for yacht owners

    The Club has developed a new publication for the owners of yachts, developed in response to claims and addressing concerns raised by Members.

  • News

    The mutual advantage

    A vessel owner that arranges P&I insurance through a mutual solution with an International Group P&I Club can boast ultimate insurance protection limits of up to US$ 8 billion against (non-pollution/passenger) third party property losses.

  • News

    Safe means of embarkation and disembarkation

    The Club has recently dealt with several claims involving access to vessels, some of which have unfortunately resulted in injuries and even fatalities.

  • News

    What is a release call?

    To understand release calls it is necessary to appreciate how Club’s view Club membership and in particular, the use of estimates which under-pin the ETC method of funding.

  • News

    Reactivation of vessels after a period of lay up

    The shipping market continues to experience a prolonged period of downturn, especially in the offshore sector. We have seen owners and operators often being compelled to lay up tonnage.

  • News

    The overspill limit

    The term ‘overspill’ means that a loss has spilled over, or exceeded, the limits of liability available through the General Excess of Loss Reinsurance Programme which protects Mutual Members of the International Group of P&I Clubs.

  • News

    ISM – Cyber security

    In June 2017 the 98th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) approved MSC-FAL.1/Circ.3 Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management.

  • News

    Economic sanctions update: Russia, Iran and North Korea

    On 2nd August 2017 President Trump signed into law H.R. 3364, Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.  The new Act introduces economic sanctions legislation which builds upon existing sanctions imposed by the US against Iran, Russia, and North Korea.

  • News

    Event: Tomorrow’s Maritime Professionals – what does the future look like?

    Exponential advances in digital technologies, hyper-connected societies, and the rise of the global citizen are driving change across the operational landscape of the maritime industry.

  • Press releases

    The Shipowners’ P&I Club hosts maritime security webinar…

    The Shipowners’ Club, the leading mutual P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector, has chaired its first-ever webinar, on the topic of Maritime Cyber Security.

  • News

    The International Group

    Many vessel owners join a Mutual P&I Club to access limits of liability that are generally unavailable in the commercial fixed premium market. The highest limits are provided by the International Group of P&I Clubs, a collection of 13 mutual P&I Clubs, including the Shipowners’ Club.

  • Blogs, LCC, News

    Milly Brooks: Voluntary salvage assistance and the reward

    If you have provided voluntary assistance to a ship, cargo or other recognised salvage subject in distress, you may be entitled to claim a salvage reward.

  • News

    A closer look at mutual club funding

    There was a time when all P&I Clubs used the same method of funding; the estimated total call (ETC) approach.

  • Circulars, News

    International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments and US Ballast Water Management (BWM) Regulations

    We refer Members to Circular on the IMO’s International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (the “Convention”) that will enter into force on 8th September…

  • Circulars, News

    BIMCO/ISCO Standard Spill Response Contracts, RESPONSECON and US…

    Members are informed that BIMCO and ISCO (the International Spill Control Organisation), have launched two standard contracts, RESPONSECON and US RESPONSECON, for the hire of specialised spill response services and equipment.

  • Blogs, News

    The mutual balance

    Vessel owners who wish to purchase insurance at cost – that is without paying profits to commercial insurance companies, join a mutual P&I Club.

  • News

    Be Cyber Aware at Sea

    The Club recognises that with the development of technology on board vessels, it has become increasingly important for Members to be able to identify and respond to cyber threats.

  • News

    Solvency & Financial Condition Report (SFCR)

    In accordance with the Solvency II regulations the Club has produced its first Solvency & Financial Condition Report (SFCR) as at 31 December 2016.

  • Bulletins

    Beneficios de adopter sistemas de procedimientos específicos de…

  • Blogs, News

    What is P&I?

    Protection and Indemnity insurance, or as it is more commonly known – ‘P&I’, is the policy ship owners purchase to protect them against liability claims from crew, passengers and third parties.

  • News

    President Trump partially reverses Obama’s Cuba policy

    On 16 June 2017, US President Donald Trump signed into law a partial reversal of Barack Obama’s Cuba policy. During his speech to a sympathetic crowd in Miami last week, Trump declared that he was: “cancelling completely the last Administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba”.

  • News

    Crew Health: Multilingual questions for medical assessments

    Since June 2016, the Club’s Seafarers’ Health Information Programme has reported on various health issues  that affect those serving on board vessels with the aim of assisting Members in mitigating against related incidents.

  • Circulars

    IGP&I Annual Review 2016/17

    An increase in Group-entered tonnage, a reduction in the number and severity of reported pool claims, and a fourth year of significant savings in the cost of the Group reinsurance purchase were among the notable and welcome features of 2016 for the Group clubs and their shipowner memberships.

  • LCC, News

    Charmaine Fu: The Ocean Victory – A case of an ‘abnormal…

    The Ocean Victory had been chartered by her Owners to the demise charterers on the Barecon 89 form as amended.

  • Bulletins, News

    Scam email warning

    We have today been made aware of a scam email which is targeting vessel owners and charterers. The email purports to be from a law firm and claims that a lawsuit has been filed by a client as a result of overdue payment, and that legal steps will be taken to arrest the vessel.

  • News

    Developing news: Fellow Gulf States cut off ties with Qatar

    News has broken today that Six Arab countries have cut ties with Qatar. This coordinated move to withdraw diplomatic relations comes from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Yemen and Libya. The six countries cite Qatar’s ties to terrorism, pointing to its alleged backing of so called Islamic State (IS), and the need to maintain their own national security. Qatar has called the decision ‘unjustified’ and with ‘no basis in fact’.

  • News

    The Iran deal: Challenges ahead

    On 16th January 2016, Implementation Day, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran had complied with its nuclear obligations in line with ‘the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’ (‘JCPOA’). As a result, certain EU and US nuclear related sanctions on Iran were lifted. Implementation Day heralded, for many, the prospect of great business opportunity in a country locked down to the outside world for a number of years.

  • Annual General Meetings

    AGM Minutes June 2017

    Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Members held on Thursday 1st June 2017, in the Pousada De Lisboa – Terreiro Do Paço, Praça do Comércio, 31-34, 1100-148 Lisboa.

  • News, Press releases

    Club selects Standard & Poor’s to provide future credit…

    Following a request by The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) (“Shipowners” or “the Club”), as from 19 May 2017 AM Best will  no longer provide a rating of the Club.

  • News

    The mutual approach

    The Shipowners’ Club has been in existence for over 160 years and was established by ship owners, for ship owners.  We have always operated on a mutual basis – that is, the Club exists for the benefit of its Members.

  • News

    Fire prevention on board ships

    Any outbreak of fire on board a ship poses a significant risk to the safety of the vessel and to anyone on board.

  • News

    Mental health awareness week

    This week marks the 4th annual Mental Health Awareness Week. Conceived by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness week raises awareness of mental health issues by developing a greater understanding of their cause and effect.

  • Annual General Meetings

    Notice of Annual General Meeting – 1 June 2017

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) will be held in the Pousada De Lisboa – Terreiro Do Paço, Praça do Comércio, 31-34, 1100-148 Lisboa on Thursday 1 June 2017 at 09:00 hours.

  • News, Press releases

    The Shipowners’ Club reports a strong year

    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 2016.

  • News, Passenger

    Risk assessments for passenger vessel operations

    In this, the second in our series of risk assessment articles, we concentrate on risk assessments onboard passenger vessel operations.

  • Bulletins, News

    New biofouling standards issued by MPI of New Zealand

    The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) of New Zealand has issued new biofouling standards via the Craft Risk Management Standard (CRMS). These are voluntary until May 2018 following which the new rules will require all international vessels arriving in New Zealand to have a clean hull.

  • News

    Crew Health: Advice for safe travel

    Since June 2016 the Club has issued regular guidance concerning the enhancement and protection of crew health on board a vessel and during periods of shore leave.

  • LCC, News

    Fiona Pounds: Valid tender of Notice of Readiness

    In the recent English High Court case of MV Arundel Castle, the Judge ruled that a vessel , that could not immediately proceed to berth due to congestion and that was directed to anchor outside port limits by the port authority, was held not to be an arrived ship for the purposes of tendering Notice of Readiness (NOR).

  • Press releases, Yacht

    The Shipowners’ Club partners with Yachtpod Risk Partners

    Yachtowners, the specialist yacht syndicate of The Shipowners’ P&I Club, today announces that it has entered into a partnership with newly established super yacht specialists Yachtpod Risk Partners (Yachtpod).

  • Bulletins, News

    Renewed piracy attacks off Somalia

    The Club would like to bring to Members’ attention recent incidents of piracy reported off the coast of Somalia.

  • News

    Crew Health: Malaria prevention

    The Club previously released a bulletin informing Members of the precautionary measures that can be taken to avoiding the contraction of Malaria on board merchant ships. The bulletin was released in the wake of an incident in which a crew member died from a malarial infection having not had access to the correct precautionary medication.

  • News

    New Executive Order on immigration suspended

    As reported in our Client Alerts of January 30th, February 10th and March 6th, Executive Order (“E.O.”) 13769 issued by President Trump on January 27, 2017, banned for 90 days any immigrant or nonimmigrant entry into the U.S. of foreign citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and would have impacted vessels with crewmembers from those countries.

  • Blogs, News

    Vessel’s considered in layup and utilised for non standard operations

    In November 2016 the Club issued an Endurance guide for Members which focused on the declining state of the marine market and the associated difficult trading conditions for vessel operators, which has resulted in a record number of vessels going into layup.

  • LCC, News

    Georgia Maltezou: What is the right measure of damages when charterers…

    It was the historic case of Smith v M’Guire (1858) 3 H & N 554 that established the prima facie for the measure of damages that can be recovered by a shipowner in case of repudiation of a voyage charterparty by a charterer.

  • News

    New U.S. Executive Order issued on immigration: potential impact on…

    As reported in our Client Alerts of January 30th and February 10th, Executive Order (“E.O.”) 13769 issued by President Trump on January 27, 2017, and entitled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”, banned for 90 days any immigrant or nonimmigrant entry into the U.S. of foreign citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and would have impacted vessels with crewmembers from those countries.

  • Blogs, News

    My charterer has threatened to cut my charter rate, despite the charterparty not allowing for this. What damages can I claim if I refuse their request…

    The usual ‘rule of thumb’ measure of damages for a charterer’s repudiatory breach of a charterparty is the difference between the hire that you would have earned under the charterparty and the hire that you would earn from a reasonably similar replacement fixture on an available market…

  • Circulars, News

    STOPIA 2006 (as amended 2017) and TOPIA 2006 (as amended 2017) –…

    The Small Tanker Oil Pollution Indemnification Agreement (STOPIA) and the Tanker Oil Pollution Indemnification Agreement (TOPIA) were agreed in 2006 to reflect the desire of shipowner entered Members in International Group Clubs to ensure the continuing success of the international oil pollution compensation regime.

  • Blogs, News

    If I plan to undertake a charterparty with an unfamiliar entity, what steps can I take to ensure the charterer will pay their hire?

    Due to the difficult conditions currently existing in the shipping market, particularly in the offshore sector, Members are increasingly contacting the Club regarding claims against Charterers for unpaid hire. Unfortunately, in some cases there is little prospect of successfully enforcing any judgment or award against Charterers, as they have few or no assets against which to enforce.

  • News

    Executive Order on immigration suspended: future status uncertain

    As reported in our Client Alert of January 30th, on January 27, 2017 President Trump issued an Executive Order {“E.O.”) entitled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” This E.O. banned for 90 days any immigrant or non-immigrant entry into the U.S. of foreign citizens from Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iran and Libya, which would impact vessels with crewmembers from those countries. The E.O. also suspended the U.S. refugee program.…

  • News

    Introducing the CTRL benefit clause

    In the recent article Cost reductions across Members’ operational landscape, the Club introduced its Members to the ‘CTRL benefit’ clause. Members of the Shipowners’ Club are able to take advantage of two hours’ free legal work each year for qualifying matters.

  • LCC, News

    Jamie Robinson: Performance guarantees

    Legal Costs Cover (LCC) is often used by Members to support the recovery of unpaid hire or other sums from defaulting charterers. Sometimes there is a genuine dispute about whether the sums are due. Often, however, the real issue is getting the charterers to pay when they do not have visible assets or they are based in a difficult jurisdiction.

  • News

    Implementing risk assessments

    The Club is beginning a year-long project to assist Members in incorporating a risk assessment ethos into their on board operating procedures.

  • News

    Crew health: Advice for safe sex

    Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are extremely common – it is estimated that up to 75% of sexually active people will contract an STI of some kind in their life time. The likelihood of seafarers contracting an STI is further increased, due to their unsettled lifestyles and the lack of information provided about preventative measures.

  • Circulars, News

    Canada – New compulsory insurance scheme for passenger vessels

    Proposed new Federal regulations dealing with compulsory insurance of passenger vessels under the Canadian Marine Liability Act were issued by the Government of Canada in December 2016.

  • News

    Executive Order on immigration affects vessel crews

    On January 27, 2017 President Trump issued an Executive Order (E.O.) entitled Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States. This E.O. will impact vessels calling in the U.S. with crew members on board who are citizens of Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya.

  • Circulars, News

    Updated IG/CINS guidelines for the carriage of Calcium Hypochlorite in…

    Further to the guidelines issued on 10 May 2016 jointly by the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG Clubs) and the shipping line members of the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS), an update has been issued to take account of the US trade export of CH in 100lb drums, as opposed to 45kg drums.

  • Blogs, News

    Paul Smit, Ashwin Nair & Indu Chitran: Has the Club experienced any claims as a result of vessels being laid up? What type of claims are likely…

    When a vessel is out of service, there is an alluring tendency to think that the risk of incidents will correspondingly pause. This may be true to an extent, but it is not necessarily the case.

  • Circulars

    Sudan – U.S. moves towards a relaxation of sanctions

    Following the recent dialogue between the United States (U.S.) Government and the Government of Sudan, there has been a move by the U.S. to relax sanctions against Sudan.