The last year has seen the Group continuing to build on the initiatives launched over the last couple of years under the chairpersonship of Hugo Wynn-Williams to improve and optimise the way in which shipowners benefit from the strengths and opportunities inherent in the mutual club and Group system.
In 2010 the International Group launched the P&I Qualification (P&IQ) programme as a dedicated professional qualification providing high quality, sector-specific training in all aspects of P&I insurance to Club employees. The course allows candidates to gain valuable knowledge of the shipping industry, the origins and operation of P&I Clubs and the different types of liabilities insured. Two years after making the course available to Club correspondents, in October 2017, registration is now being opened to all other interested parties.
The UK Club Crew Health team were recently asked to source support for seafarers who had sadly witnessed the unexpected death of a fellow crewmember. Months later, despite initial counselling, the crew was still experiencing flashbacks and anxiety. They were suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
At its meeting on the 4th November 2019, the Board reviewed the financial position of the Club including the performance of the open and closed policy years and decided on the required premium levels for the 2020 policy year.
The Club wishes to remind Members of the importance of inspections and maintenance regimes, following a Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB) report detailing marine casualties due to corrosion fatigue on board.