We provide protection and indemnity cover with other insurances for shipowners, charterers and offshore energy operators. We are S&P ‘A’ rated and one of the premier mutual P&I insurers by tonnage and membership.
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practices that underpin our ability to manage risks, deliver value and sustain financial security
Through offices in major hubs and a network of correspondents we cover
the globe, responding to incidents with immediate, practical advice and ongoing support to resolve matters as positively as possible.
Standard Club is a specialist marine and energy insurer known for its diverse membership, pioneering loss prevention expertise and attractive pricing.
The club was recently notified of a personal injury incident after a crew member suffered severe burns to his right leg when a spare e-cigarette battery carried in his coverall overheated & exploded. The keys carried in the same pocket most likely caused the short circuit. Most e-cigarettes are powered by a lithium-ion battery which can pose a fire hazard if overheated from an outside heat source such as direct sunlight, a phenomenon commonly known as ‘thermal runaway’. Contact with metal objects such as coins, keys or jewelry could lead to short circuit, fire or even explosion. The hazards associated with lithium-ion batteries were previously highlighted in the club’s web alert. The lithium-ion batteries used to power e-cigarette vaporizers are small and powerful. When they fail, the results can be disastrous. It is strongly recommended to avoid carriage of e-cigarettes and/or spare e-cigarette batteries whilst on duty. Other safety tips for e-cigarette users are stated below - 1. Only use the charger supplied with the e-cigarette kit - other chargers may cause problems with incompatible battery types.2. Avoid overcharging - by ensuring that it is not left unattended while charging.3. Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures.4. Replace batteries if they become wet or damaged.5. Store loose batteries in a case - keep them away from metal objects.