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P & I clubs procedure for risks covered
The P&I Clubs
are correctly called Protection and Indemnity Associations and number around 20 worldwide with the majority being United Kingdom based. The ship owner in taking out insurance with a particular association becomes a member of that Club. The Clubs are mutual in nature, which means that all costs involved in providing cover or paying out a claim to any one member is shared by all members. This is achieved by setting a rating or premium for the owner, known as an “advance call”, and is based on the owner’s history and exposure to risk.
This is added to by a “supplementary call” which is calculated to take into account any heavier than expected claims from the Club’s members. The Clubs will attempt to be as accurate as possible in predicting the likely cost of paying out for claims in the year and the calls are calculated accordingly.
The Clubs are non-profit making and are managed by firms of insurance, marine and legal experts and controlled by directors who represent the ship owning members.
As well as insuring third party risks, the Clubs also take on other functions including offering expert advice, keeping the members and the ships advised of relevant information by issuing circulars and magazines, having correspondents and lawyers appointed throughout the world and the production of Letters of Indemnity (LOI) and protests.
A Certificate of Entry is issued by the Club at the start of the P&I year (February 20th) and is proof that the ship is covered by the P&I Club, setting out the classes of cover in force and quantifying the deductibles in force. Increasingly Port State Control are requesting copies to be produced during inspections, with some States it being mandatory. A copy of this Certificate will be sent to the vessel once the original is received by the Company as will the Club Rule Book and List of Correspondents. The Master and Senior Officers must familiarise themselves with the contents of this Rule Book.
The risks covered are specified in detail in the Club’s Rule Book but can be summarised as follows:
The Club covers not only the costs related to the specific damage of the above risks but also incidental costs and legal costs.
- Liabilities in respect of crew, passengers, stevedores, stowaways, visitors etc
- Liabilities in respect of diversion e.g. landing a sick crewmember or proceeding to a distress
- Liabilities arising from Collision not included in H&M
- Damage to property including non-contact damage to other ships
- Pollution by oil and other substances
- Wreck removal
- Liabilities in respect of cargo including loss due to fire, theft, jettison etc
- General Average (ship’s proportion of GA when in excess of the insured value and unrecoverable GA contributions
- Fines for innocent breaches of regulations and customs
- Legal Costs
- Salvor’s expenses under LOF
Limits, Restrictions and Risks not covered
Clubs will not normally cover the following risks:
- Delivery of Cargo without Bills of Lading (Note that even when a Club approved LOI has been presented to the Owners by the Charterers for non-presentation of B/Ls, the Club will not cover any loss arising from the non-presentation)
- Delivery of the cargo to a port other than that specified in the contract of carriage. (Note again that even with a suitable LOI Club cover will not be given)
- Ante or post-dated Bills of Lading
- Arrest or detention
- Deck cargo carried on terms of an under deck B/L
- Fines where a Master is knowingly committing a breach of regulations
Liabilities regarding towage by the vessel will only be covered if the Club has first approved the towage contract. Towage of the vessel will be covered as long as a recognised contract is in place.
The Clubs have contracts with correspondents worldwide. They will attend the vessel on request by the Company, the Master or Agent in order to protect the member’s interests. They have the responsibility of reporting back to the Club’s managers and will document any necessary information and evidence relating to a potential claim and may arrange other surveyors to inspect damage etc. The correspondent has the advantage of being based locally and knowing local custom and key shore personnel. It is very important that the Master cooperates with the Club correspondent fully as between them they will formulate the main initial defence of any claim made against the ship and her owners.
A List of Correspondents is supplied to all Company vessels.
From time to time, the Club may require to survey the member’s vessel in order to ascertain her condition.
P&I Pollution Cover -Pollution insurances
The P&I Club will cover the owner for pollution liabilities in respect of;
Under present Club Rules the above liabilities are limited.
- damages and compensation
- prevention or clean-up costs
- costs incurred in complying with local government directions
- special compensation to salvors
- fines for pollution
All tankers and other vessels such as OBOs which carry persistent oil as a cargo, must carry a CLC (International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage 1992) Certificate. This certificate is issued by Flag State and is confirmation that the vessel is entered with a P&I Association with cover for oil pollution. As it runs concurrently with the P&I Certificate of Entry, this certificate is also valid for one year commencing February 20th.
Every vessel, which trades to the USA, must be issued a valid USCG Certificate of Financial Responsibility. This certificate is granted once the ship owner has proved that he has established financial responsibility to meet with a pollution incident in US waters and that he has an agent based in the USA for the purpose of accepting service of process. Masters should be aware that certain States in the USA issue their own COFR and it is recommended that Masters contact their management office to ensure their vessel is covered.
Details of the COFR can be obtained by searching the vessel’s name on the USCG website and by quoting the COFR number, a ship can be cleared in any USA port on demand of the Port Authorities.
Note of Reference
Types of losses - Total or Partial or general average losses
A Loss can be described as being either Total or Partial (Particular Average). A Total Loss may be either an Actual Total Loss (ATL) or a Constructive Total Loss (CTL). An Actual Total Loss is where the vessel is actually destroyed or wrecked or where the owner is irretrievably deprived of his vessel e.g. when a ship is sunk in deep waters where any salvage attempt would be impossible. A Constructive Total Loss is when it appears that the vessel is unlikely to be saved or recovered or when she can only be recovered and repaired at a cost, which exceeds her insured value....
P&I Clubs guideline
The P&I Clubs are correctly called Protection and Indemnity Associations and number around 20 worldwide with the majority being United Kingdom based. The ship owner in taking out insurance with a particular association becomes a member of that Club. The Clubs are mutual in nature, which means that all costs involved in providing cover or paying out a claim to any one member is shared by all members. This is achieved by setting a rating or premium for the owner, known as an “advance call”, and is based on the owner’s history and exposure to risk.
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Request for Salvage -
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