The American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (the American Club) was established in New York in 1917. According to its'website ,It is the only mutual Protection and Indemnity Club domiciled in the United States – indeed, in the entire Americas. And in fact, we have no information to the contrary. If you are a marine transportation company doing business in the United States, membership in this "club" can be most beneficial. Here is a link to their web site: http://www.american-club.com/page/about-the-club
We mention the club at this time because we have become aware of what appears to be a unique and useful free download on the above web site.To do transportation business in the United States is to deal with regulations from multiple agencies. Compliance is a constant issue and bribery is severely punished, highly resisted, there are no fast tracks to compliance when doing business in America. So the following notice caught our eye and we herewith pass it on.
Welcome to the USA! -- A Shipowner's Guide to Regulatory Compliance
Produced last November, this publication was well received by members and has now been updated to include the latest developments in certain key areas of regulatory compliance - essential information for shipowners trading to and from the United States and US territories. The new text can be accessed on the club's website at :-