Auf Kurs - Summer 2012 issue

Back on course

Welcome once more to Auf Kurs, our newsletter for German Members of the UK Club.

Key content

I hope you will find the second edition of ‘Auf Kurs’ interesting and informative. For those of you who missed our seminar in Hamburg in June, we have reports on both the financial presentation given by Hugo Wynn-Williams and Karl Lumbers’ in depth explanation of the innovative “Bow Tie” system. This loss prevention system is a real step forward in risk management for ship operators. It provides a focus on where any investment in loss prevention should be directed for maximum efficiency. It also provides a unique level of engagement among crews and shoreside staff.

Genevieve Holloway gives some insights on the GUARDCON contract relating to armed guards as a protection against pirates. The UK Defence Club shares with us a summary of its achievements and
issues that have impacted on Members. Underwriter, Jason Riley, gives an update on new Members and other developments this year.

Finally, we welcome Tabea Vogelsang as the 2012 Robin Travis Scholar. Two previous scholars also report on their recent experiences in London and Hamburg.

Thomas Miller Insight Course
Looking forward, the Thomas Miller Insight Course programme has just been announced. The course runs from Tuesday 2nd October to Friday 5th October this year, and is aimed at executives and managerial staff, either in the early stages of their careers or without specialist insurance and claims experience.

The key areas of marine risk and liability are reviewed including hull, P&I, FD&D, ship management, through transport liabilities, agency and war risks. By combining topical issues, such as piracy and sanctions, with coverage of more established issues in liability and insurance, Insight is also useful for those who wish to broaden or refresh their knowledge in this field.

UK Club Members receive a significant discount on the course fees which make it particularly good value. More details can be found on the Club website, or by contacting your usual UK Club team  contact.

Until we see you again, may I wish you all the best for your summer break. I hope you manage to escape the decidedly English weather that has been visiting Germany recently!

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.