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Pre-Employment Medical Examination (PEME)

Ensuring the fitness of crew members is crucial for the safe operation of any vessel. The importance of having fit seafarers onboard cannot be emphasized enough. Not only does it impact the wellbeing of the individual seafarer, but it also affects the safety of fellow crew members, the operation of the vessel, and the protection of the environment.

Before joining a vessel, all seafarers undergo a mandatory medical examination known as a Pre-Employment Medical Examination (PEME). Shipowners and managers understand the significant impact a PEME may have on their liability as employers. They have experienced the frustration and risks involved in having a seafarer serving on board in a poor medical condition, which should have rendered them unfit for sea service.

The Swedish Club, like many other IG Clubs, has observed a rise in illness cases and related costs. A standard PEME has proven to not always be sufficient to detect common causes of illness claims. An enhanced PEME, however, greatly increases the chance of identifying potential health issues that could lead to a crew member falling ill while onboard.

Investing in enhanced PEME is an effective way for shipowners and managers to avoid claims and ensure the safety and wellbeing of their crew members. By conducting thorough medical examinations, the risks can be mitigated and the highest standards of safety at sea can be maintained.

The Swedish Club enhanced PEME programme

The Swedish Club enhanced PEME programme has been in place since 2010. As of 2024, we have partnered with Marine Advisory Medical Service, who will oversee the administration of this program. The quality of the accredited clinics is of paramount importance to the Club. All clinics participating in the program are audited on a regular basis to ensure that they maintain the highest standards of medical performance.

Currently, our accredited clinics are located in the Philippines. However, we’re expanding our program to include India, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, and Indonesia in the near future. Stay tuned for updates as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of the seafarers.


Accredited clinics – Philippines

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