The Standard Club targets “stunning” sailing claims


Speaking to Crew Connect Europe as part of this Maritime Online series on June 22, John Dolan, Deputy Director, Loss Prevention, The Standard Club shared the figures for The Standard Club claims over the years 2016-2020. claims in five major types — cargo, crew sickness, crew bodily injury, navigation and others — Dolan has shown that shipping-related claims are a reasonably constant number from 7.5% to 9.2 % of annual claims by number in each of the last five years.

During the same period, navigation claims represented between 38.8% and 52.8% of claims in value.

“The overall values ​​of these claims over the periods are just mind blowing, and this is just the Standard Club experience, so it will be similar in all other clubs. The numbers are amazing, ”Dolan said.

For claims from the International Group, where 13 P&I clubs have a mutual agreement to share the costs of claims over $ 10 million, shipping claims are again an expensive presence. There were 68 navigation-related group claims for collision, fixed and floating objects and stranding between 2015 and 2020, accounting for 56% of claims and 64% of the value of group claims or $ 2.8 billion on period.

“Shipping complaints are a stubbornly high number; the associated costs are excessively high. In our experience, most of it is due to poor standby standards, ”Dolan said.

Dolan listed trends and contributing factors to boating incidents, including the increasing size of container ships and their drift, poorer low-speed maneuverability which can worsen as engines are optimized to reduce emissions from carbon, with captains spending less time on individual ships and having less of a feel for a ship and its handling, tight schedules and commercial pressures on captains and pilots.

Excessive speed was a growing factor, Dolan said, especially on container ships.

Recommendations to reduce boating incidents included conducting boating risk reviews and navigational audits while vessels are sailing instead of dockside VDR reviews.

“We think checking the interaction of the bridge team is an extremely important part of this exercise. We will also ask captains to perform better master-pilot exchanges. We believe that this activity, this information exchange can and should be improved on a global scale. Certainly, we see the sharing of information with the vessel prior to arrival at the pilot station or prior to birth departure as an important step forward in this aspect of vessel management.

“We know that the basic principles of bridge resource management are often overlooked, good planning, clear communications, use of all available resources and information, poor tracking of vessel position and progress. and poor management, the elimination of distractions during the critical phase of travel. They all appear regularly [in claims]. All of them are, in our opinion, completely preventable, ”Dolan said.

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