The UK P&I Club has been dedicated to the Americas for decades, with our first permanent office opening in the United States in 1995. Today we serve Members based or trading in Canada, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean from our offices in New Jersey and San Francisco, covering all regional time zones.
Our Americas team consists of around 20 experienced lawyers, claim professionals and technical experts. Together they have over 125 years of experience from a variety of jurisdictions, including New York, New Jersey, California, Venezuela and the UK, and a variety of backgrounds, including maritime academies, classification societies, engineering, offshore energy and shipping companies.
The team provides Members with the Club's full range of services and support, including claims management, loss prevention and contract reviews. There is also a dedicated regional bodily injury team and Latin American team.
Contract Review Service
Shipowners and operators enter into many commercial contracts each year, but sometimes these can expose them to liabilities that are beyond or prejudicial to their P&I cover.
Fairlead Group offers an integrated online system enabling users to assign and obtain investigative services, all with the aim of generating consistently credible, reliable and useful reports
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A Direct Order Can Cost in Court
Can a crewmember who sustains an injury while following the orders of a supervisor be held responsible for their own negligence in carrying out those orders? Rosa Ostrom, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, and Jennifer Porter, the UK P&I Club, wade through the various jurisdictional takes on the Direct Order doctrine.
Dee O' Leary explains how a prompt and efficient investigation by Tom Nork, a partner at Holman, Fenwick and Willan, saved a foreign shipowner from a potential million-dollar claim
The UK Club would like to draw Members' attention to the latest alert from our local correspondent Venepandi C.A related to the navigational hazard in the internal waters of the Venezuelan Caribbean Sea, specifically to the vessels that are heading towards the ports of eastern Venezuela.
Just two months after the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 was introduced into Congress (see our previous article here), the Federal Maritime Committee (FMC) Fact Finding Final Report #29, Effects of Covid-19 Pandemic on the U.S