Although committed to best practice in claims handling, the UK Club has long believed it is better to prevent incidents happening in the first place.

The UK Club provides its Members with proactive and inclusive loss prevention support. Its innovative risk management approach, “Bow-Tie”, combines participation by ships’ crews with the Club’s claims experience to provide strategic guidance to shipowners on tackling the root cause of expensive claims and enables them to invest proportionately in risk management activity.

Our analysis identifies 76 common threats, which cause incidents, and the relevant controls needed to prevent losses. The transparency of this approach enables shipowners to demonstrate good practice to their customers, contractors, maritime agencies and other third parties.We also lead on targeted loss prevention publications & resources for our Members. Ranging from DVDs through to seafarer notebooks, our market-leading loss prevention addresses a wide range of shipping risks including cargo, environmental matters, human error, navigational issues, operational practice, personal injury, safety and security.

A full-time loss prevention team researches other issues providing technical and operational advice to Members. They focus on avoiding incidents and the corresponding financial, and possibly human loss that can occur.  “No Room for Error” is a DVD based training aid to help identify latent failure in operational systems that can lead to considerable loss.  Technical Bulletins cover simpler practical issues such as hazards of free-fall lifeboats and other emergency equipment, oily water separators,

Much of the information is derived from the expertise and daily experiences of the Club’s ship inspectors.  The “Good/Bad Practice” posters give snappy illustrations of potential hazards they have observed on board ships and how they can be avoided.  Members who have received an inspection visit can benchmark how their ships performed against others of that type in the Club.

Topical information is supplied in the form of a weekly Loss Prevention Bulletin.  They report the latest news arising on issues such as Port State Control, container security, stowaways, illegal exports and other localised cargo problems.

Emergency Contacts


If you need to call our offices out of hours and at weekends, click After Office hours for a up to date list of the names of the Duty Executives and their mobile phone numbers. 

Ship Finder


This Ship Finder is updated on a daily basis. Members who need to advise the Club of updates to their recorded ships' details should advise their usual underwriting contact.