Sanctions are imposed to maintain or secure international peace and security and, as such, are continuously developing within a complex landscape. It is vital that our Members are diligent in considering how sanctions may impact upon their operations.

As part of our service to Members, we have dedicated points of contact within the Club with specialist sanctions knowledge and experience and are ready to provide information, guidance and advice to Members in regards to their insurance cover. As a starting point, when considering Club cover, Members’ attention is drawn in particular to Club Rules 32, 45, 46, and 47.

We encourage Members to review the many articles and circulars the Club has distributed in regards to sanctions, all of which are available by clicking on a country of interest shown on the map below. The experience we have gained in advising our Members has been used to focus on the countries which tend to be of regular interest. Whilst we hope this information is helpful, as always it is for Members to carry out and rely upon their own due diligence. These should include at minimum checks on all parties involved in the trade/works and an examination of the cargo to be carried and/or services to be provided. We also strongly recommend that Members consider incorporating sanctions clauses into charterparties. In 2020, BIMCO produced new sanctions clauses for time and voyage charterparties.  These clauses can be found on BIMCO’s website, together with explanatory notes.

We will develop this map further over the coming months and ask that Members please continue to look regularly for updates and additions.

Select a country to view related sanctions.

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If you have any queries or questions relating to sanctions, please contact one of our team on the details below.

Britt Pickering

Claims & Legal Director

Office tel No: +44 207 488 0911
DDI: +44 207 423 7118
Mobile No: +44 7703 254282

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1998, Britt worked for a large City firm specialising in insurance litigation and yacht/pleasure craft claims. Britt then spent over two years with another P&I club dealing with Legal Assistance & Defence (FD&D) and cargo claims for Members in the Far East before joining the Shipowners’ Club in 2003. In 2012, Britt became Claims and Legal Director of the Shipowners’ Club, with overall responsibility for claims and legal services across all branches.