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New Basis of Charging Calls for Policy Year 2018 Onwards

The Club is changing its calling basis, so that rather than charging its estimated total mutual call (known as“ETC”) as an advance call plus an additional call, the ETC will be charged simply as a total mutual call....

West of England Insurance Services (North America) Inc.

Further to the earlier news item announcing our North America office, the Club is pleased to confirm that our office in New York is now open. Headed by Paul Barnes, the office will work in conjunction with the existing...

Christmas Charity Donation

This year the Club has decided to make a charitable donation to the Mission to Seafarers in lieu of sending Christmas cards.  Around the world, the Mission to Seafarers provides help and support to over...

Group Reinsurance Rates 2018/2019

The arrangements for the renewal of the International Group General Excess of Loss (GXL) reinsurance contract and the Hydra reinsurance programmes for 2018/19 have now been finalized. These include the Collective...

Brazilian Customs - Delivery Against Original Bill of Lading

Our News Item of 12 May 2017 provided a detailed guide to cargo clearance and delivery procedures in Brazil prepared by the Club’s local correspondent Proinde. The foreword to that guide said inter alia that “there have...

West of England Insurance Services (North America) Inc.

The Club is pleased to announce the opening of an office in North America in the near future. Located in New York and run by Paul Barnes who has recently joined the Club, the office will work in conjunction with the...

Loss Prevention - Laid-up Vessel Reactivation Guide

When a vessel has been laid-up the circumstances of the lay-up can be many and varied, depending on numerous factors including the type of vessel, it's age and condition, as well as the degree of lay-up, duration and...

China - Mobile Phone Inspection by Authorities

The Managers have been advised of the following incident by the Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA): “A non-Chinese flag ship alongside in Ningbo was boarded by Immigration Authorities.  The entire crew were...

Sanctions Against Sudan - US Sanctions Lifted

It was announced on 6 October 2017 that the temporary lifting of US sanctions against Sudan described in our News Items of 17 January and 24 July 2017 has been made permanent. Specifically, Sections 1 and 2 of Executive...

North Korea - Sanctions - Update

In reaction to recent ballistic missile firings and nuclear weapon tests, President Trump issued an Executive Order on 21 September 2017 which, in conjunction with more stringent United Nations Security Council...

Carriage of Bauxite which may Liquefy

In January 2015 a handymax bulk carrier sank with significant loss of life after loading a cargo of 46,000 tonnes of bauxite from the Malaysian port of Kuantan, where it was suspected that liquefaction of the cargo may...

Venezuela - US Sanctions - Update

Further to our News Item of 16 August 2017 detailing the expansion of US sanctions against the Venezuela, President Trump issued another Executive Order on 24 August 2017 prescribing additional sanctions against the...

Appointment - Underwriting

The West of England is pleased to announce the appointment of Damian Mustard who joins the Club as an Underwriter and who has over 17 years of underwriting experience. Damian will be primarily responsible for the...

Stowaways - Problematic Ports

The issue of stowaways onboard entered vessels is a perennial problem for the Club, with 60 cases involving 220 stowaways in the past 12 months, costing over USD 1.6 million to rectify and occupying a considerable...

New Claims Guide – US Longshoremen

When trading to the United States Members should be aware of the potential liabilities which can arise should a US longshoreman working on their vessel be injured. The latest in the Club’s popular series of Claims...

Venezuela - US Sanctions

The Club has received a number of recent enquiries regarding sanctions against Venezuela, especially in light of President Trump’s decision to impose personal sanctions on President Maduro. We therefore take this...

Printed Report & Accounts

Due to error during the production process the printed version of the 2017 Report & Accounts unfortunately refers to 2015 rather than 2017 on its spine. Arrangements are being made to send a replacement copy to all...

US Vessel Response Plans - California Shoreline Protection

In Notice to Members No.16 2015/2016, we advised that MSRC would no longer be providing California Shoreline Protection (“CASP”) services in the Santa Barbara Channel and at Port Hueneme but that two other OSROs - So...

Report and Accounts 2017

The Club's Report and Accounts at 20 February 2017 have been published today and are available for download from our website. "2016 has been another impressive year for the Club. Our year-end financial position is again...

Sanctions Against Sudan - Update

In our News Item of 17 January 2017 it was reported that US sanctions against Sudan were expected to be formally lifted in July 2017. A recent Executive Order from President Trump has however extended the review period...

Malaysia - Ball Clay Cargoes

In August 2013 the Club published a Loss Prevention Safety Alert detailing a cargo liquefaction incident involving a full cargo of Ball Clay loaded in Lumut, Malaysia for discharge in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The Club...

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