Britannia & UK P&I Clubs in merger discussions
Members will have seen that the Club has just issued a circular advising that it is in discussions with the Britannia P&I Club about a possible merger.
This development results from an active process of the Club Board over recent months in which it has examined the Club’s strategic options for the future, and where the key drivers include the preservation of the mutual P&I system, and achieving a scale that enables the most efficient capital structure and cost effective insurance. The merger will also enable the new club to invest in people and resources for the direct benefit of members.
The rationale and the benefits of a merger will be considered by the boards of both P&I clubs in the next few months. An additional board meeting is now scheduled for April, where the issues will be discussed in some detail. Then, after a period of further consideration, the boards of both clubs will decide at their Board meetings in May whether they are prepared to recommend the merger to their membership. If so, there would then be a Special General Meeting of each club towards the end of June.
If the membership of both clubs votes in favour of the merger, then steps would be taken with a view to creating a single merged club in time for the 2017 renewal.