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The West of England is a leading insurance provider to the global maritime industry.

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Shipowners face a growing cyber threat to their electronic systems both ashore and afloat as well as regulatory pressure to enhance their cyber resilience. West are here to help by with a comprehensive solution provided by our strategic partner, leading cyber specialist Astaara.

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Qwest brings together the insurance expertise of the West of England and the innovative legal and consultancy skills of C Solutions to offer the maritime industry a suite of tailored products to support their operations. 

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Delay following an incident usually means lost revenue for ship operators that is not recoverable under other insurance policies or only after a lengthy deductible period. Fixed Premium Primary Delay Insurance provided by West’s strategic partner Nordic Marine delivers a tailor-made solution to this problem.

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The shipping industry faces a major challenge in complying with the global 0.5% sulphur cap for bunker fuel under MARPOL Annex VI as from 1 January 2020. This webpage provides resources from the Club and elsewhere to help guide Members in meeting those obligations.

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The Club's principal source of information about sanctions and provides links to documents and contact details at the Managers' offices for guidance in respect of Club cover and sanctions. 
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Detailed advice and information to help Members manage the impact of the global Coronavirus pandemic.

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The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (“MLC”) entered into force on 20 August 2013, following ratification by thirty states representing at least 33% of the world’s gross tonnage. This webpage is intended to provide Members with information on the Convention and how the Club is supporting them in complying with its requirements.

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Our Charity Partners - One year on

In September 2020, West launched it’s long-term charity program and made commitments of financial support to three select charities (National Oceanography Centre, Sailors’ Society and Blue Marine). We worked closely with each of them to initiate activities and projects that would make a real difference.

Chris South
Chris South
Senior Underwriter

Notices to Members

  • Notices to Members 24 Sep, 2021
    No.8 2021/2022 - Paperless Trading Electronic Trading Systems Update to E-TITLE

    Paperless Trading Electronic Trading Systems Update to E-TITLE - Change of Ownership and approval of Corda eBL as replacement of E-TITLE. Members are referred to Notice to Members No.11 2015/2016 dated October 2015.

    Tony Paulson
    Tony Paulson
    Corporate Director
  • Notices to Members 14 Sep, 2021
    No.7 2021/2022 - Sierra Leone - Carriage of Iron Ore Fines Cargoes - Liquefaction Risk

    Members are referred to previous circulars and the risks arising from the carriage of mineral ores from certain jurisdictions, including possible liquefaction of such cargoes and the lack of a regulatory oversight at the loading ports.

    Dean Crossley
    Dean Crossley
    Loss Prevention Manager
  • Notices to Members 12 Aug, 2021
    No.6 2021/2022 - Carriage of Containers on Dry Bulk Carrier

    The container shipping markets and trades have recently seen an unprecedented demand for container vessels. However, due to the growing pressure on container slot availability with demand exceeding the current supply on container vessels on specific routes, exporters are looking at alternative vessels to fulfil carriage commitments.

    Simon Parrott
    Simon Parrott
    Underwriting Director

Products

Standard covers

Standard covers

The Club's core range of insurance products provide comprehensive cover for shipowners and charterers engaged in every sector of the shipping industry.

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Extended covers

Extended covers

The Club helps meet its Members’ operational requirements by offering a wide range of additional covers, which are designed to complement normal cover and can be tailored to meet an individual Member’s needs.

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Other facilities

Other facilities

The Club maintains a number of standing arrangements to assist Members in various areas of their operations.

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