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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.

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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.

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  • News, Offshore

    A comparative reivew of BIMCO’s WINDTIME and SUPPLYTIME

    In 2013, BIMCO issued their standard time Charterparty form, WINDTIME, which is designed for the purpose of transferring wind farm personnel and equipment to and from offshore wind farm installations. Although the WINDTIME form was modelled on SUPPLYTIME 2005, many of the adjustments that were made for WINDTIME were later incorporated into SUPPLYTIME 2017. In some ways, therefore, WINDTIME is more closely aligned with SUPPLYTIME 2017.

  • News

    Announcing the International Group of P&I Clubs Fellowship in International Maritime Law 2021-2022

    The International Group of P&I Clubs is delighted to announce the establishment of a fellowship for the academic year 2021-2022 for a student pursuing Master of Laws (LL.M.) studies in International Maritime Law at the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) based in Malta.

  • News

    IG Circular : Paperless Trading Electronic Trading Systems Update to…

    Members are referred to the Club’s previous Circular from 11 June 2011 which can be viewed here for easy reference.

  • News, Press releases

    International Group scholarship programme

    The International Group of P&I Clubs and P&I Qualification Committee are pleased to announce the launch of an annual scholarship programme for those who are interested in embarking on a career in P&I and would like to take part in the highly successful P&I Qualification programme.

  • News

    Belarus Sanctions

    Last month further sanctions were introduced against Belarus after previous action taken by the EU, US and the UK in response to the detention of journalist Roman Protasevich and his partner Sofia Sapega, following the unlawful diversion of Ryanair flight FR4978 in May 2021.

  • Circulars

    Half Year Report 2021

    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 2021. The Club has reported a combined ratio of 100.9% which was slightly higher than budgeted but the financial markets performed remarkably well during the first six months of 2021.

  • News, Press releases

    The Shipowners’ Club reports positive half year results and stability for its Members

    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 2021.

  • News

    London International Shipping Week 2021

    The Club is delighted to be taking part in London International Shipping Week 2021, 13-17 September.

  • LCC, News

    Stella Kounakou: MV Smart update – Shipowners unfettered right…

    In the recent judgment of Alpha Marine Corp v. Minmetals Logistics Zhejiang Co.Ltd (The M/V Smart) [2021] EWHC 1157, the Court recognised the right of the vessel’s owner/contractual carrier under the bill of lading to ask for freight to be paid to them under the bill of lading, even where the vessel has been time chartered. This judgment should be seen positively by Members, as it confirms for the first time that shipowners can collect freight due under bills of lading, even when there is…

  • Loss Prevention

    Importance of Proper Passage Planning (Thai)

    แม้จะมีการปรึกษาหารืออย่างต่อเนื่องในอุตสาหกรรมการเดินเรือเกี่ยวกับความสำคัญของการวางแผนการเดินเรืออย่างครอบคลุมในช่วงหลายปีที่ผ่านมา…

  • Loss Prevention

    Importance of Proper Passage Planning (Bahasa)

    Terlepas dari pembicaraan yang sedang berlangsung di industri pelayaran mengenai pentingnya perencanaan pelayaran yang komprehensif selama beberapa tahun terakhir, Club terus mengamati insiden yang tak terhitung jumlahnya di seluruh industri pelayaran yang sebagian besar dapat dikaitkan dengan perencanaan pelayaran yang tidak tepat atau bahkan tidak ada.

  • News, Press releases

    International Group reports record year for education

    Since it launched in 2010, the International Group’s P&I Qualification (P&IQ) programme has grown to become one of the shipping industry’s foremost professional courses. In 2020, with its international reach and network, the IG P&IQ found itself perfectly positioned to deliver its courses and exams online. This led to the greatest participation levels to date, with 657 candidates sitting P&IQ examinations in the year.

  • News

    IMO regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in shipping

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) met in June 2021 and agreed amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI that will require,as applicable, vessels to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

  • News, Press releases

    CTRL Marine Solutions Ltd announce their acquisition by Campbell…

    CTRL Marine Solutions Ltd, a law firm and marine consultancy which provides bespoke Claims, Technical, Risk and Legal services at favourable rates and on flexible terms, has announced that it is to be acquired by Campbell Johnston Clark (CJC).

  • Loss Prevention, News

    Safety Culture: Safety Management System

    As part of the Safety Culture series, the Club has been releasing a series of advisories in collaboration with industry experts. The objectives of this campaign include improving operational efficiency and promoting a healthy Safety Culture resulting in reduced incident rates.

  • LCC, News

    Madhavi Arya: We won, now what? Enforcement options in Singapore

    There is a common misconception that the matter ends once a judgment or award is obtained at the end of legal proceedings. In reality, the next step of enforcement determines if the judgment or award will materialise into a monetary recovery. In this LCC update, we set out briefly how and whether an award or judgement from a foreign court or tribunal can be enforced in Singapore.

  • News

    IG Circular: Vaccination of Seafarers – Frequently Asked…

    This document has been produced by the thirteen P&I Clubs which are members of the International Group of P&I Clubs in order to answer a number of questions that are frequently asked about P&I Club cover relating to the vaccination of seafarers.

  • News, Offshore

    Experts in Offshore Wind

    From the beginnings of offshore wind, Members of the Shipowners’ Club have been involved across the entire spectrum of operations, from site planning to installation and maintenance. As the leading insurer of specialist vessels, our Members were among the first to push into this now fast growing sector. As their knowledge and experience has grown, so has ours, in depth knowledge of our Members operations, experience of putting together solutions, and an understanding of the offshore…

  • Loss Prevention, News

    Precuationary guidance when expecting storms

    Tropical storms are a peril of the sea often faced by seafarers. The associated adverse weather may endanger a vessel and put its crew in a  life-threatening situation. With continuous improvements and advancements in weather forecasting technology, accurate weather prediction is now possible most of the time. However, it remains important that weather forecasts are continuously monitored so that in the event of a storm, the necessary steps are taken swiftly to ensure safety of the vessel…

  • News, Press releases

    New mobile app offers seafarers offline access to ISWAN’s 24-hour support and resources

    The Shipowners’ Club, the leading mutual P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector and the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) have joined forces to launch a new app, ISWAN for Seafarers. Seafarers can now download the free mobile app which can be used offline to access help, information and support around the clock.

  • Loss Prevention

    Navigation Resources

    Navigation is an ever evolving skill and therefore navigators must continuously appraise themselves of navigational techniques, including making use optimal use of information, equipment and navigation aids that are on hand and available to them. Members should also ensure that crew have received appropriate training and familairisation to safely perform their navigational duties.

  • Loss Prevention, News

    Guidance On Ensuring The Weathertight Integrity of Hatch Covers

    The Club in collaboration with McAusland Turner has produced advice on effective hatch cover maintenance for dry cargo ships including preventative action against ingress of water.

  • News

    IG Circular: Paperless Trading Electronic Trading Systems –…

    This circular confirms approval by the International Group of an updated version of essDOCS’s electronic trading system.

     

  • Annual General Meetings, News

    AGM Minutes June 2021

    Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Members held at 16 Rue Notre-Dame, L-2240, Luxembourg, on Thursday 3 June, 2021 at 11:00 hours.

  • News

    Closure of the 2018 policy year without additional call

    At their meeting in Luxembourg on the 3 June 2021 the Board considered the open policy years and in particular the 2018 policy year, which is now three years old.

  • Loss Prevention, News,  

    Safety Culture: Empowered Communication infographic

  • Bulletins, Loss Prevention, News

    Safety Culture: Effective Communication

    This article was written in collaboration with Dr Claire Pekcan, Director at Safe Marine, and further to our Empowered Communications infographic, provides more detailed information on methods of communication.

  • Circulars

    Solvency & Financial Condition Report (SFCR) 2020

    This report has been produced in respect of The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) (‘the Club’) to satisfy its public reporting requirements under the Solvency II insurance regulation regime.

  • Loss Prevention, News

    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.

  • Loss Prevention, News

    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.

  • Annual General Meetings, News

    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

  • News, Press releases

    The Shipowners’ Club reports increased Member, vessel and…

    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.

  • Circulars

    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.

  • LCC, News

    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”.…

  • Circulars

    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.

  • News

    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.

  • LCC, News

    Milly Brooks: What can Owners claim against a voyage Charterer who…

    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.

  • News

    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.

  • Loss Prevention, News

    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.

  • Circulars, Loss Prevention, Press releases

    The International Group of P&I Clubs launches a safety animation…

    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.

  • News

    A Shipowners’ liability under the Maritime Labour Convention…

    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.

  • Circulars

    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.

  • News

    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.

  • News

    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”).

  • News

    Turkey: Revised pollution fines 2021

    The fines for causing pollution in Turkey have rien once again by 9.11%. This is in accordance with the declaration by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation in Turkey, which was published in the Official Gazette dated 24 December 2020, numbered 31318. With effect from 1 January 2021.

  • Extraordinary General Meetings, News

    EGM 26 January 2021 Minutes

    MINUTES of an Extraordinary General Meeting of The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) held on Tuesday 26 January 2021 at 11.45 hours at 16 Rue Notre-Dame, L-2240 Luxembourg.

  • News

    Small investments can make a tangible difference to the lives of…

    The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published by The Mission to Seafarers, reveals that small investments can make a tangible difference to the lives of seafarers.The survey, with the support of the Shipowners’ Club and Wallem Group, reports on the experiences of seafarers between October and December 2020.

  • News

    Precautions and Safety Measures To Assist In Mitigating Drug…

    Drug trafficking is a global illicit trade involving the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, and sale of substances which otherwise are prohibited by law. It is a fact that considerable proportion of drug trafficking occurs by sea because of favourable circumstances for transportation. In 2020, there has been a rise in the number of reported incidents involving drug seizures on board ships calling in South American ports and on ships bound for United States (U.S.) or European…

  • Extraordinary General Meetings, News

    EGM 12 January 2021 Minutes

    MINUTES of an Extraordinary General Meeting of The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) held on Tuesday 12 January 2021 at 11.45 hours at 16 Rue Notre-Dame, L-2240 Luxembourg.

  • News

    Russian Sanctions: United States Congress Passes Amendments on PEESA…

    In November 2020 the Club issued a circular concerning efforts by the United States to enhance sanctions targeting the construction of the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) and Turkstream 2 (TS2) pipelines, and those who provide vessels and services in connection with either project.

  • News, Press releases

    Fender Marine AS to offer P&I product to small Scandinavian…

    The Shipowners’ Club, the leading P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector, has entered into a strategic partnership with Fender Marine AS, the specialist marine underwriting agency based in Norway.

  • Extraordinary General Meetings, News

    Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting – additional Rule Change…

    Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary General Meeting of The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) will be held on Tuesday 26 January 2021 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.

  • News, Passenger

    Passenger Liability Insurance Policy 2021.1 (effective 20 February…

    The Club is pleased to inform Members of changes to the Passenger Liability Insurance Policy for policies incepting 20 February 2021. The changes, together with explanations, can be accessed via the ‘view pdf’ button above.

  • News,  Yacht

    Yacht Liability Insurance Policy 2021.1 (effective 20 February 2021)…

    The Club is pleased to inform Members of changes to the Yacht Liability Insurance Policy for policies incepting 20 February 2021. The changes, together with explanations, can be accessed via the ‘view pdf’ button above.

  • Inland, News

    Liability Insurance Policy for European Inland Craft 2021.1 (Inland…

    The Club is pleased to inform Members of changes to the Liability Insurance Policy for European Inland Craft for policies incepting 20 February 2021. The changes, together with explanations, can be accessed via the ‘view pdf’ button above.

  • Fishing, News

    Fishing Vessel Liability Insurance Policy 2021.1 (effective 20…

    The Club is pleased to inform Members of changes to the Fishing Vessel Liability Insurance Policy for policies incepting 20 February 2021. The changes, together with explanations, can be accessed via the ‘view pdf’ button above.

  • News, Offshore

    Offshore Liability Insurance Policy 2021 – Basic: changes with…

    The Club is pleased to inform Members of changes to the Offshore Liability Policy – Basic, for 2021. 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 2021.

  • News, Offshore

    Offshore Liability Insurance Policy 2021 – Enhanced: changes with…

    The Club is pleased to inform Members of changes to the Offshore Liability Policy – Enhanced, for 2021. 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 2021.

  • News

    IG Circular: U.S. Oil Pollution California – Increased criminal…

    Members are informed that the International Group (IG) Clubs have considered the potential impact on cover for pollution risks of this new legislation.

  • LCC, News

    Shev Algama: Limitation of liability for marinas – the…

    On Friday 2 March 2018, Storm Emma hit Holyhead Marina in Anglesey, Wales with near-hurricane force winds. In the aftermath of the storm 89 vessels (including yachts, leisure crafts, house boats and commercial vessels) were lost, in addition to multiple pieces of machinery and a RNLI mooring pen. The destruction of the marina also caused significant pollution with 3,000 litres of oil and 40 tonnes of polystyrene debris being recovered along the Anglesey coastline.

  • Extraordinary General Meetings, News

    Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting and Rule Changes 2021

    Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary General Meeting of The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) will be held on Tuesday 12 January 2021 at 11.45 hours at The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg), 16, Rue Notre-Dame, L-2240 Luxembourgfor the purpose of considering and if thought fit, passing the following as a SPECIAL RESOLUTION.

  • Bulletins

    Podcast: Yacht electrical fires

    Since 2014 the Club has experienced 17 yacht fire claims. Of these claims, it was established that 10 were directly a result of an electrical fault, and 1 indirectly. These claims have the potential to demand a high quantum, with one such claim currently sitting at just under US$ 3 million. It is not just the financial implications of these incidents as yachts suffering from fire or smoke damage deprive their owner the use of their asset.

  • News, Passenger

    Passenger Vessel Liability Insurance Policy 2021- changes with…

    The Club is pleased to inform Members of changes to the Passenger Vessel Liability Insurance Policy for 2021. The changes, together with explanations, can be accessed via the ‘view pdf’ button above and will take effect for all policies incepting as from 1 January – 19 February 2021.

  • Fishing, News

    Fishing Vessel Liability Insurance Policy 2021- changes with…

    The Club is pleased to inform Members of changes to the Fishing Vessel Liability Insurance Policy for 2021. The changes, together with explanations, can be accessed via the ‘view pdf’ button above and will take effect for all policies incepting as from 1 January – 19 February 2021.

  • Inland, News

    Liability Insurance Policy for European Inland Craft 2021 (Inland…

    The Club is pleased to inform Members of changes to the Inland Policy for 2021. The changes, together with explanations, can be accessed via the ‘view pdf’ button above and will take effect for all policies incepting as from 1 January – 19 February 2021.

    The Inland Policy is available for European inland trading vessels only and for Members entered via the Euro P&I fixed facility.

  • News, Yacht

    Yacht Liability Insurance Policy 2021- changes with explanations

    The Club is pleased to inform Members of changes to the Yacht Liability Insurance Policy for 2021. The changes, together with explanations, can be accessed via the ‘view pdf’ button above and will take effect for all policies incepting as from 1 January – 19 February 2021.

  • News

    Renewal 2021/2022

    At the 2020 half year stage, the Club reported a Combined Ratio of 102.2%, with an underwriting deficit of US$ 2.2m. Whilst this represented a deficit in line with expectations, this result is against the turbulent backdrop of COVID-19. As a result of the pandemic, the Club has experienced a lower incidence of claims, which in most cases was due to reduced vessel operations. This reduction however, was offset by some sizeable claims as a result of COVID-19 outbreaks on board vessels.

  • News

    IG Circular: Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream – Update on new U.S.…

    This Circular concerns efforts by the United States to enhance the sanction provisions targeting the construction of the NS2 and TurkStream pipeline projects and those who provide vessels and services in connection with either project. The recent efforts are mainly focused on two pieces of legislation – the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) and the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act (PEESA).

  • Bulletins, News

    Offing Marine & Offshore Consultants: Inspection and maintenance…

    The Club would like to thank Captain Purnendu Shorey, Director of Offing Marine & Offshore Consultants (Offing Marine) for his invaluable contribution to this article. Offing Marine specialise in a range of maritime activities including surveys, towage approvals and casualty investigations.

  • News, Press releases

    The Shipowners’ Club appoints Chief Information Officer

    The Shipowners’ Club, the leading P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector, is delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Hamblin, Chief Information Officer, to its Management Board.

  • Loss Prevention, News

    “Life During Covid is a Living Nightmare”: Ongoing impact revealed…

    Seafarers continue to face a bleak future in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published today by The Mission to Seafarers. The survey, with the support of the Shipowners’ Club and Wallem Group, reports on the experiences of seafarers between July and September 2020.

  • Press releases

    The Shipowners’ Club and Jumar Technology: Simplifying insurance…

    This Shipowners’ Club and Jumar Technology partnership has been instrumental in driving the development of the Club’s new Policy Administration System (PAS), supporting its global network of Members and Brokers.

  • News

    IG Circular: Crew change issues arising from COVID-19

    The International Group and its 13 constituent P&I Clubs, which are in turn mutually owned and governed by their shipowner and charterer Members, have become extremely concerned about the detrimental effect upon the mental well-being of seafarers as a result of the prolongation of their contracts of employment due to the pandemic.

  • News

    IG Circular: U.S. Oil Pollution California – Increased criminal…

    Members are advised that new fines will be applicable in California from 1 January 2021 for ship sourced oil pollution damage in Californian State waters.

  • News, Yacht

    Syndicate Series – Meet the Yacht Team

    he Club has developed a Syndicate Series to showcase the strength and experience of our highly specialised Syndicates. Our latest interactive infographic introduces our dedicated Yacht team.

  • News, Press releases

    The Shipowners’ Club pledges stability for Membership with…

    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 2020.

  • Circulars

    Half Year Report 2020

    The Club is pleased to announce its financial results for the six months ending 30 June 2020.

  • News, Press releases

    The Shipowners’ Club co-opts Peter Sydenham and Jan Vermeij to…

    The co-option was agreed at the Club’s Board meeting on the 4 September, with effect from the November 2020 meeting.

  • News

    Bunker Operations Risk Assessment

    Bunkering is one of the most common operations carried out on board, regardless of the vessel type or size. Despite it being a routine operation, disputes may arise, such as those regarding the quantity or quality of bunkers and in some cases the legality, if careful planning is not implemented. The consequences of such situations can vary from machinery breakdowns, to Port State Control (PSC) detentions, to delays, arrests and significant financial and reputational losses. As the shipping…

  • News

    IG Circular – New revised People’s Republic of China (PRC) law on…

    A new revision to the PRC Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Wastes (new Revision), which becomes effective on 1st September 2020,  imposes joint and several liability on both the carrier and importer for the return and disposal of the solid waste where the solid waste is prohibited and/or proper license has not been obtained, and significantly increases the fines that can be imposed for violations.

  • Loss Prevention, News, Press releases

    Latest Seafarers Happiness Index report reveals seafarer welfare…

    The latest Seafarers Happiness Index, published today by The Mission to Seafarers, has revealed the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the welfare of international seafarers and their families.

  • News

    Electronic Record Books under MARPOL

    One of the key elements of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) is the accurate record keeping of movements and/or discharges of shipboard substances and materials that are considered hazardous to the environment.

  • Loss Prevention, News

    Coronavirus (COVID-19): Latest information and updates

    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).

  • News, Offshore

    Who is liable when property is damaged under offshore contracts?

    Damage to property, whether fixed or moveable, is a common risk during the operation of an offshore vessel. This risk can often result in a significant liability exposure for Members, as the damage may not be limited to their property, but also to property belonging either to their contractual counterparties, or third parties.

  • LCC, News

    Limitation of liability: Who is an ‘Operator’ and who is a…

    This article, written by Ian Teare and Matthew Dow of Law Firm, Wikborg Rein, discusses the judgment handed down in the Admiralty Court on the case of the Stema Barge II, and looks in detail at the scope and meaning on the Limitation Convention 1976. In determining the meaning of ‘Operator’, it was necessary for the Court to also examine the meaning of ‘Manager’. This is the first time that the English Court has been called upon to consider this issue which it did in…

  • 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

    Closure of the 2017 policy year without additional call

    At their meeting of the 21 May 2020 the Board considered the open policy years and in particular the 2017 policy year, which is now three years old.

  • Annual General Meetings, News

    AGM Minutes May 2020

    Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Members held at 16 Rue Notre-Dame, L-2240, Luxembourg, on Thursday 21 May, 2020 at 9.00 hours.

  • News

    IG Circular: US Global Maritime Advisory

    On 14 May 2020 the US issued a Global Maritime Advisory (Guidance) aimed at a range of industry sectors including marine insurers such as P&I clubs and shipowners and charterers.

  • News

    Mexico alert – Smuggling of illegal narcotics – risk of ship…

    The International Group of P&I Clubs, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), BIMCO and InterManager (the international industry organisations) draw Members’ attention to the series of recent ship detentions and crew arrests in Mexico and, in the case of the UBC Savannah, the lengthy and continuing detention in custody of the ship’s Master without any formal charges against him, following the discovery of illegal narcotics on board.

  • Circulars

    Solvency & Financial Condition Report (SFCR) 2019

    This report has been produced in respect of The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) (‘the Club’) to satisfy its public reporting requirements under the Solvency II insurance regulation regime.

  • LCC, News

    BARGEHIRE 2008 and force majeure

    This article, which was written by Simon Tatham and David High of Maritime Law Firm, Tatham & Co., discusses the main practicalities of invoking clause 20 of the BARGEHIRE 2008 contract which is a force majeure clause. This might be because a shutdown in the field of operation means that it cannot be manned or loaded, that the cargo destined to be carried is very seriously delayed or simply that the charterers’ business is in such stress that there is no cash to pay ongoing hire.

  • News

    IG Circular: Vessel monitoring and P&I insurance

    In line with their legal and regulatory obligations, all Clubs in the International Group maintain sophisticated sanctions compliance programmes and procedures. The rules and procedures developed by Clubs to manage sanctions risks take account of the guidance provided by bodies such as the UN Security Council (UNSCR), the UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI), the US State Department and the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Through its system of circulars and news…

  • News

    IG Circular: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)…

    This circular is an update on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) sanctions enforcement circular that we published in 2019. It has been updated following the recently published 2019/2020 UN Panel of Experts of North Korea Sanctions Report.

  • LCC, News

    Contractual implications of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – FAQs

    The global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought about exceptionally challenging trading conditions and the Club is committed to supporting Members through this difficult time. To this end, the Club has produced the following guidance which addresses some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the contractual implications of the outbreak.

  • Circulars, News,  

    IG circular: Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on the…

    This circular informs Members that the PRC Maritime Safety Agency (MSA) recently published new Measures of Administration on Agreement for Ship Pollution Response Regime.

  • Annual General Meetings, News

    Notice of Annual General Meeting – 21 May 2020

    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 21 May 2020 at 09.00 hours

  • News

    The Shipowners’ Club reports increased Member numbers and strong…

    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 2019.

  • Circulars

    Annual Report 2019

    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 2019.

  • Loss Prevention, News

    Coronavirus (COVID-19): Crew health and wellbeing

    The global shipping industry is currently facing a health and wealth crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst most are adapting to working from home, many seafarers continue to carry out their valuable work at sea to keep global trade moving.