...maintaining Members’ confidence they are sharing their risks and premiums with others of similar quality.
Rising insurance costs and ever more demanding legislation and regulation mean that the ‘quality momentum’ is not only desirable but unavoidable for today’s ship operators.
In the last two decades ISM (1998/2002), STCW 95 (1997) and MARPOL Annex 1 Amendments (1995); Port State Control regimes, the US Coast Guard, as well as more demanding IACS quality systems have subjected ship operators, masters and their crews to greater technical and operational scrutiny. Increased numbers of commercial inspections have also added to the pressures borne by shipowners and operators.
Although born initially from a need to ensure technical ship quality, the Club’s ship inspection program now has a strong advisory and support role for our Members.
Pre-empting what the authorities are likely to pick up is a major consideration. In a recent study of bulk carriers by Intercargo, RightShip has indicated that UK Club entered vessels have one of the best records for low rates of Port State Control detentions.
- Encourage membership quality
- Identify sub-standard ships
- Encourage higher standards
- Monitor the operation of entered ships
- Promote loss prevention
- Educate the Club in current problems faced by those at the sharp end.
- Collating and sharing the good practices observed from ships across one of the largest P&I clubs in the world.
- Suggest better maintenance and operational practices
- Improve risk awareness and encourage risk management practices on board
- Improve the master and crew’s knowledge and awareness of P&I, what it covers and how it relates to the conduct and management of the ship
- Encourage communication between head office, ship staff and superintendents.