Loss Prevention Programme
Our risk management programme combines practical solutions that address members’ needs and claims experience with research into the wider issues that impact directly on P&I insurance and the Club’s exposure to claims.
Every year, the UK P&I Club deals with thousands of claims using the expertise and experience of its professional claims handlers, ex-seafarers and lawyers. The insight gained from this number of claims enables us to take a structured approach to risk analysis; our ‘bow-tie’ system that engages both crew and management to participate in and prioritise the risk management process onboard ships. This methodology demonstrates how major hazard events can occur and what safeguards can prevent them.
Developing straightforward diagrams of the causes and consequences of incidents with crew, management and the Club in partnership wins participation and ‘buy-in’ across the whole of the member’s organisation. Its transparency enables risk management to be prioritised reducing risk at a time when money is tight for ship owners. Its evidence-based approach helps satisfy the demands of charterers and shippers, as well as authorities, for proof that ship owners are taking control of their risk.
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Whilst the vessel was at anchor waiting to berth, one of the engine room fitters was instructed by the Chief Engineer to fabricate a set of locking pins for the anchor cable stoppers. It was planned that the work would take place in the engine room workshop and involve the use of an angle grinder for which the fitter had the choice of an electrical or pneumatically powered tool.
This fully laden bulk carrier was on passage in the Mediterranean Sea during winter. Whilst the seamen were handling the hose on the starboard side, a wave was shipped onto the main deck, sweeping them heavily against the adjacent cargo hold hatch coamings. Both sustained multiple injuries requiring the vessel to deviate to land the seamen ashore for urgent hospital treatment.
The subject vessel was berthed on a NNE heading, port side to an exposed quay for cargo discharge operations. In the early morning, the wind was observed to increase in strength from the NW. The Master ordered the crew to deploy additional mooring ropes, with the final arrangement reported to be 4 head/stern lines, 2 breast lines and 2 spring lines forward and aft.