The pollution picture has improved considerably with progressively fewer incidents being related to maintenance issues, principally due to the introduction of the ISM Code, more vigilant PSC inspections, additional regulation as well as higher commercial expectations in respect of how ships should be operated.
In response to the change in claims experience, the UK P&I Club’s Board of Directors requested the loss prevention department to adapt the ship visit regime to focus on the factors that currently cause claims. A scheme was adopted featuring identified preventive controls which are designed to prevent an incident which may lead to a claim from occurring as well as recovery controls in place for mitigating the effects of an incident. The following hazard areas are included in the scheme: personal injury & health, navigation & port risks, pollution, cargo and equipment failure. These hazards are the ones leading us to believe that there is always room for improvement and thus a good practice can be also identified regarding the pollution arising from vessels.