2014 Review of the Year

A Strong result
The Club has produced a surplus this year of $30 million which, together with the foreign exchange differences, takes the Club’s total free Reserves and hybrid capital to a new high of $528 million; this is made up of underlying free reserves of $430 million and hybrid capital of $98 million. The year benefited from a favourable release of claims reserves from previous policy years, but this was partly offset by a more costly 2013 policy year. In addition there was a healthy investment return of $44 million (4.5%) after taking into account foreign exchange movements.

The financial year combined ratio of 102% represents the fourth consecutive year of combined ratios close to the Club’s target of 100%. This combined ratio includes a significant release of claims reserves on older policy years, particularly 2011 and 2012, as a result of favourable results on a number of large casualty claims, combined with a generally better than expected development on claims in other years.

Standard and Poor’s rating
Following the annual review with Standard and Poor’s in April, it was confirmed that the Club’s rating had been upgraded to a full A (Stable) rating. This welcome resolution of the Club’s previous A- (Positive Outlook) rating was in recognition of the progress made by the Club both in strengthening its capital and also in delivering a consistent underwriting result.

Industry developments

Polar Shipping

Legal, navigational and environmental resources, news and updates on the development of polar shipping. Read more

US VRP Compliance

With effect from 30th January 2014 non-tank as well as tankships calling at US ports will be required to submit VRPs.  For Club and other resources to assist in compliance click here

International Environmental compliance

Environmental Compliance resource page collates material in respect of International environmental compliance issues affecting our Members. Information from the Club, Loss Prevention and external resources has been collated in one place for ease of reference.

MLC 2006

The Maritime Labour Convention enters into force in August 2013 - resources, news & advice on implementation can be found in this dedicated section.  READ MORE

International sanctions

Recent guidance & corresponding material in respect of international sanctions against various countries has been updated with respect to temporary easing of sanctions against Iran.  READ MORE


Essential precautions and preparation against piracy, as well as additional information and resources, loss prevention advisories and useful external web links

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.