Claims Emergency

London Branch

+44 203 829 5858

Singapore Branch

+65 8683 3190

The claims response service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provides immediate global assistance to all of our Members.

Calling the emergency contact number provides a quick and effective way to speak directly to a duty Shipowners’ claims handler in the event of an incident or casualty involving an entered vessel.

During office hours the emergency number will redirect to the relevant corresponding office switchboard.

Alternatively, Members can request assistance from our network of correspondents located around the world.


Liability insurance for barges



There are many types of barge, from open-top barges carrying coal or containers to semi-submersibles using buoyancy for heavy lifts. Barges are used to hold cranes, lay pipes or transport unusual objects or they may house workers on an oil rig. With such diversity, we are conscious of the need to work closely with vessel owners and operators, along with their brokers, to ensure that the most appropriate insurance is in place for the risks involved.

At Shipowners we insure over 6,000 barges worldwide and understand the risks faced daily by operators. We advise Members on using the correct contracts and how to minimise exposure to cargo and property claims. We also provide specialist operations cover for laying pipes, operating pile drivers or conducting any activity that may affect the sea bed.

Our Members operate a wide range of barges, including accommodation, bulk, container, crane, general purpose, heavy-lift submersible, lighter, pile-driving, pontoon and tank.

* As at 31 December 2023