Formed in 1927, Shipowners Claims Bureau is an independent entity that is responsible for managing the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association. Established in 1917, the association is also known as the American Club and caters to the needs of customers in the United States. It provides a variety of protection and indemnity insurance solutions for shipowners against third-party liabilities encountered in commercial operations. In addition, the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association offers assistance with loss prevention and survey compliance. The association provides freight, demurrage and defense coverage products. It operates a claims department that serves customers 24 hours a day.