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.


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  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • London International Shipping Week 2021

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

  • Stella Kounakou: MV Smart update – Shipowners unfettered right to collect freight under the bill of lading

    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 no default on their time charterers’ part, subject only to an obligation to account for any surplus.

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