Steamship Mutual, a leading P&I Club announces it is launching a structured Pre-Employment Medical Examination (PEME) scheme.
Steamship Mutual, a leading P&I Club providing marine liability insurance worldwide, today announces it is launching a structured Pre-Employment Medical Examination (PEME) scheme. The PEME scheme will provide enhanced medical test and screenings to Members" crew and forms part of the Club"s overall loss prevention initiative. Initially based in the Philippines and using only pre-approved, recommended clinics to conduct the high quality PEMEs, the scheme is designed to ensure that crew are fit to serve at sea and to protect shipowners and the Club against the risk of unnecessary loss and liability arising from crew illness. Chris Adams, Steamship Mutual"s Head of Loss Prevention, said, ?Whilst many crew already undergo medical screenings prior to employment, the quality and range of tests conducted can be variable. It is evident from the Club"s claims experience, that it is not uncommon for symptoms of serious illness to manifest themselves within just a few days of a crew member joining a ship, with inevitable and expensive consequences.?
?The enhanced Steamship Mutual PEME will be more rigorous in order to detect unfit crew and reduce the potential for unnecessary claims. Our scheme aims to reduce the likelihood that individuals who are medically unfit are given clearance to serve at sea?
The Steamship Mutual PEME will be specifically tailored to detect medical conditions likely to be incurred by crewmembers of particular ages. The cost of a PEME will range between US$75-US$120 according to age, and will be paid by the shipowner or manning agent in the normal manner.
Many of the Club"s recent crew claims have involved unfit crewmembers with serious medical conditions that should have been detected had a rigorous PEME been conducted prior to employment. Vessels have been forced to make deviations, incurring significant voyage delays which are costly and highly disruptive, and represent an unnecessary and avoidable loss.
Steamship Mutual (managed by Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited) is a leading provider of Protection & Indemnity (P&I) insurance. As one of the largest P&I Clubs in the International Group, Steamship Mutual insures a diverse range of shipping around the world, for shipowners, managers and charterers.
Steamship Mutual provides a comprehensive and adaptable range of P&I and ancillary insurance covers backed by a stable financial position, strong free reserves and a carefully constructed reinsurance programme. The Club consistently delivers exceptional service to its Members, providing high quality professional claims management and services.
With offices in London, Bermuda, Hong Kong, Brazil and correspondents in every major shipping port worldwide, Steamship Mutual employs highly professional and experienced staff including qualified lawyers, ex-senior mariners, and specialist insurance and claims experts.