This guide provides a comprehensive introduction to the fascinating world of marine liability insurance. It focuses in particular on the services provided by the members of the International Group of P&I Clubs, who mutually insure over 90 per cent of the world's ocean-going fleet of merchant shipping tonnage. The guide also introduces the key international conventions and regulations governing international shipping practice as well as the all-important topic of maritime loss prevention. Mutual shipowners' liability clubs originated in England in the nineteenth century and this guide is written and published by the world's first combined protection and indemnity club - North of England P&I Association.Formed in 1886, the club is now widely regarded as one of the most successful. This guide is intended as a stand-alone publication for anyone wishing to get a basic grounding in P&I insurance and loss prevention. It also serves as the main reference book for North of England's long-established training course on the topic.