Members are encouraged to contact the Loss Prevention department for advice on matters ranging from information on all types of cargoes (e.g. precautions, stowage, hazards and the Club's claims experience), port situations, piracy and security, and operational, technical and crew matters. Copies of IMO and maritime administration circulars are also available. Advice may be sought regarding existing regulatory requirements and forthcoming changes.
Various loss prevention publications and safety posters may be obtained from the Club. In addition, the Loss Prevention department regularly publishes News Articles covering the latest shipping developments worldwide and Loss Prevention Safety Alerts concerning topics aimed at minimising future accidents and claims. Best practice in relation to particular marine activites is promulgated by means of Loss Prevention Bulletins.
In the event of an accident or incident that may result in claims, a favourable outcome often depends on the availability of accurate information and good records. The Club's P&I Guidelines - Practical Notes for Ships' Personnel, have been produced to remind crewmembers of the information that needs to be collated, recorded and provided to the Club in order to best protect the interests of personnel and the company operating the vessel following a claim.
A unique feature of the Club’s loss prevention programme is the ability to offer direct on-site assistance to Members in many parts of the world if they wish to develop and/or improve their safety management systems. This service was introduced several years ago for Members requesting “hands-on” support regarding compliance with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code having followed the guidance outlined in the Club’s award winning Safety Appraisal documents. Although ISM certification has been mandatory for most ships trading internationally and their operating companies for some time, such an exercise may present opportunities for Members to strengthen their safety management systems, thereby reducing the potential for loss.
The provision of training is yet another part of the loss prevention team’s role, and Members may request seminars tailored to their own requirements for office based, and / or seagoing staff. The topics and duration of seminars are very much Member-led, and every effort is made to accommodate such requests given the importance of training as a means of minimising accidents.
For further information on the Club’s loss prevention services, please contact the Loss Prevention department.