Members can obtain copies of these books, pamphlets and other Club publications from the Loss Prevention Department by clicking here. 

The UK Club has teamed up with experts in forensic investigation, Burgoynes,  to produce the latest Risk Focus on Engine Room Fires. Engine room fires are one of the most common fires on ships owing to the presence of a wide range of sources of fuel, sources of ignition and running machinery. An extended period of time on board a ship without a fire incident can lead to complacency and a failure to prioritise fire prevention measures and simulated fire incident practices.

We are committed to safety. Our high-level loss prevention programme is the most extensive in the industry. Our full-time, worldwide loss prevention team provides our Members with proactive and inclusive loss prevention support. The team provides technical and operational advice to Members as well as participating in crew seminars and training days.    

The UK Club has teamed up with coating consultants Safinah to produce the latest Risk Focus publication on paint.

The UK Club’s Loss Prevention department, together with Hellenic War Risks and Terra Firma Risk Management, have produced a guide for seafarers, which explores the background of Piracy and armed robbery and explains what happens during a kidnap. It also provides some insight into the training available for shipping companies and crews.

With its team of risk assessors, the UK Club is in a unique position to gather data and target areas of risk onboard ship. Our Loss Prevention and PEME departments have identified all areas of major risks and for the first time compiled them together in one brochure. 

The loss prevention department aims to reduce Members’ exposure to claims by raising awareness of risk. Co-ordinated by the Loss Prevention team is a dedicated team of Risk Assessors.

Helping you to manage your risk.

The IMO has amended the SOLAS Convention to require, as a condition for loading packed container onto a ship for export, that the container has a verified gross mass. From the 1st July 2016, the requirement will become mandatory and will apply globally. After this date, it will be  a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a ship if the ship operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container gross mass.

The UK P&I Club has joined forces with leading marine cargo insurer Allianz AGCS Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) to publish new practical guidance for shipowners and operators on how to carry heavy-lift and project...

Guidance to shipowners on how to avoid the improper discharge of oily water

“How to Comply With MARPOL Annex V - New amendments governing cargo classification and the discharge of cargo hold wash water” is a new publication produced by the Club, in partnership with ITOPF, which is aimed at helping Shippers, Charterers, Owners and Crews fully understand and comply with the MARPOL Annex V changes.

The UK Club is providing a package of the International Shipping Federation’s (ISF) guide publication “Guidelines on the Application of the ILO Maritime Labour Conventions (2nd edition)” and the Lloyds Register/UK Club “ILO MLC pocket checklist” free to all its members Both publications focus on helping employers ensure compliance with the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), which enters into force in six months time on the 13th August.

The ILO MLC Smartphone App, developed by The Club and Lloyd's Register is aimed at assisting Members and Ships Crews' to ensure they are in compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, which will enter into force in August 2013. The app is free, and available for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones.

The ILO MLC pocket checklist aims to help owners, operators and crew comply with the Marine Labour Convention which comes into force in August 2013. Non compliance with the requirements of the convention will result in port state control (PSC) detentions, so to help reduce the risk of your ship being detained, as a minimum, we strongly recommend that you include the items in this checklist as part of your final checks before the voyage and port entry.

A focus on some of the issues surrounding tug and barge fleets in the P&I world

A focus on some of the issues surrounding gas tanker fleets in the P&I world

This early summer edition of the Bodily Injury Newsletter places particular emphasis on ‘maintenance and cure’.  The breadth of exposure through this avenue of claim is not widely understood. The seemingly limitless potential for punitive damages where owners fail to pay maintenance and cure, is explored as is the trend towards palliative treatment which raises the prospect of a continued cost for owners. Recent issues and developments arising from crew injury through falling overboard and parting mooring lines are also reviewed.

The resolution of fuel quantity and quality disputes will rely on evidence provided

Reefer matters - A focus on some of the issues surrounding the carriage of refrigerated cargoes

The cause of claims and how to avoid them during pre-loading, loading and unloading.

In this issue of US Bodily Injury News:  Report on the 2011 Round Table Seminar; Civil and criminal investigation of a maritime casualty; Piracy - a brief overview of issue and concerns and Primary Duty Rule - a forgotten defense?

The UK Club, together with Lloyd's Register, has published a new pocket guide on the importance of professional maintenance and survey preparation for marine lifting appliances.  The consequences of failure include death...

This aide-memoire deals with how to prevent tanker cargo contamination claims and also highlights the cause of claims and how to avoid them.This pamphlet covers important aspect of a tanker vessel operations such as;...

The mandatory introduction of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems is seen as a major step forward in safe ship operation and protection of the environment

BULK MATTERS accompanies the Club DVD 'Bulk Matters' and highlights some of the most frequent causes of Bulk Carrier claims that the Club sees.

Version 4 of the Best Management Practices to prepare and protect against Piracy off the Somali basin, Arabian Sea and the wider Indian Ocean.

The Bodily Injury News produced by our colleagues in New Jersey and San Francisco is published this week reviewing a number of recent developments and issues related to claims for bodily injury, illness and death among passengers and crews. It also announces the arrangements for the forthcoming Thomas Miller Americas Bodily Injury Team Round Table scheduled for September 15th and 16th this year.  Our New Jersey office will be playing host to our Members’ executives, both here in the United States and abroad, who have a special focus on bodily injury issues.

Like the Club Video 'Tanker Matters', this booklet aims to identify some of the most frequent causes of cargo claims encountered on Liquid bulk vessels and how to avoid them. Covering such topics as shortage, contamination,...

Guidance in steps to take in preventing and dealing with stowaways.

A guide to Masters, owners and surveyors in the legal requirements for testing and carrying Iron Ore.

Guidance to Masters, owners and operators in the new reporting obligations and targeting system

Like the Club Video 'Container Matters', this pamphlet aims to identify some of the most frequent causes of cargo claims and how to avoid them. It covers damage to container cargo, how containers should be stuffed, the carriage...

The Club, with the support of several Members, has launched Book it right and pack it tight – a set of four guidebooks on the workings of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code. They aredesigned to provide...

Good security is teamwork - a responsibility for all onboard, not just a select few, to protect and secure their environment. This supplement illustrates just a few examples of the positive ways in which Members' crews have...

Guidebook No. 1 is intended as a short guide for shippers preparing documentation and packages for consignments of dangerous goods to be shipped by sea.

This is Guidebook 2 in the series “Book it right and pack it tight: shipping containerised dangerous goods by sea” for shipping line and freight sales agency staff engaged in receiving bookings for dangerous goods.

This is Guidebook 3 in the series “Book it right and pack it tight: Shipping containerised dangerous goods by sea”. The series is intended to provide basic safety critical guidance for those engaged in all the stages of preparing dangerous goods for carriage by sea, from booking the cargo, to packing the shipping container.

This is Guidebook 4 in the series “Book it right and pack it tight”. It highlights the safety critical rules that should be followed by those who physically handle dangerous goods inside shipping containers. Other books in the series highlight the duties of manufacturers, shippers, agents, managers and others in the transport chain before and after the container is packed.

Bulk Carrier Practice - Second Edition

With kind permission from the author, Capt. Jack Isbester and in association with The Nautical Institute the UK P&I Club, in the interests of its members presents the second edition of the highly acclaimed, Bulk Carrier Practice.


The purpose of the Industry Best Management Practices (BMP) contained in this booklet is to assist ships to avoid, deter or delay piracy attacks off the coast of Somalia, including the Gulf of Aden (GoA) and the Arabian Sea area. Experience, supported by data collected by Naval forces, shows that the application of the recommendations contained within this booklet can and will make a significant difference in preventing a ship becoming a victim of piracy.

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