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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Loading grain cargo in the Pacific Northwest
Loading grains in the Pacific Northwest can be a real test of patience. For shipowners not familiar with the Pacific Northwest, where it rains approximately 150 to 180 days per year, with rainfall totals averaging 40 inches per year, it is important to maximise loading during periods of light rain and to prevent vessel delays while avoiding moisture damage to the cargo during periods of moderate to heavy rain.
Founded in 1543, Santos has been long known as a port city – first through the export of coffee and then other commodities. Santos was significantly modernised and expanded in the 1990s to incorporate new technologies, operating with specialised terminals for containers, general cargo, and dry and liquid bulk, and it is responsible for almost 27% of the country’s trade. Santos is considered the largest port in Latin America, with its docks being 25 km long and able to accommodate about 50 ships at a time.
A Solution to Pollution
An oil spill is an ‘all hands-on deck!’ moment, inviting everyone from insurers, charterers, owners, the U.S. Coast Guard, local and state authorities, property, and ecological interests, and more to get involved. Tying all these parties together is the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (‘OPA’).