P&I Guidelines – Practical Notes for Ships’ Personnel

The West of England is a leading P&I Club. It provides insurance cover for shipowners’ and charterers’ legal liabilities to third parties.

The Club exists solely for the benefit of its Members and provides protection and assistance to safeguard their interests. This service is supported by a network of correspondents, lawyers and technical experts around the world.


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 purpose of this booklet is to remind you of what the Club may need in order to best protect you and the Company operating the vessel.

If an accident or incident occurs and urgent assistance is required, you can obtain help from one of the Club’s local correspondents. If you are unable to reach the correspondent, you may contact the Club direct.

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