The European Commission has opened formal proceedings to investigate whether certain provisions accompanying claim-sharing and joint-reinsurance agreements in the marine insurance sector might infringe European Union antitrust rules. The Commission fears that the provisions at stake in the agreements between the Protection & Indemnity Clubs (P&I Clubs) within the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG) may harm ship owners and the insurers that are not members of the IG. P&I Clubs are mutual non-profit making associations that provide Protection & Indemnity insurance - a type of direct marine insurance - to their members, the ship owners. The International Group of P&I Clubs (IG) is a worldwide association of thirteen P&I Clubs. The members of the IG provide P&I insurance to about 93% of the world’s ocean-going tonnage. In the framework of the IG, the P&I Clubs operate two separate agreements, the International Group Agreement and the Pooling Agreement that contain rules on the sharing of insurance claims and joint reinsurance as well as rules on the contractual relationships between the P&I Clubs and their members. The agreements are not automatically covered by the new antitrust block exemption for the insurance sector that came into force in April (see IP/10/359). This is because the market share concerned is well above the 20-25% ceilings provided in the block exemption.
The London P&I Club achieved its premium income targets during the renewal negotiations completed on February 20. It now has a total fleet entry of more than 30 million gross tons, covering all categories of membership. Major new entries in the Club included fourteen bulk carriers operated by Petros Pappas' Sentinel Marine Services in Greece. Also, existing members - including the Schuldt Group, V Ships, Cosco Hong Kong, and MISC - entered additional vessels with the Club.
Dr Matthias Reith, director of German bulk carrier owner Orion Schiffahrtsgesellschaft Reith & Co of Hamburg, helped the North of England P&I club celebrate 21 years of working with the German shipping industry today. Speaking a major industry reception organized by the club at the Zipplehaus restaurant in Hamburg, Dr Reith said 'In 1982 Orion became the first company from Germany to join the North of England. The club now insures 36 fleets in Germany and works with 11 of the German-based
The 13 P&I Clubs within the International Group continue to dominate the world market for shipowners' liability insurance despite increasing competition in recent years from fixed premium facilities. The development of the fixed premium market and, in particular, the rapid growth of the P&I account of the marine and energy syndicate 329 at Lloyd's led by Jonathan Jones, served to increase pressure on premium rating in recent years
Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton, pictured speaking a the recent annual meeting of the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers, was honored by the International Propeller Club. (Photo Credit: Greg Trauthwein) The International Propeller Club named Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton the 2007 Maritime Person of the Year at its 81st annual International Convention held in Athens, Greece. Administrator Connaughton was honored for his “leadership
Protection and indemnity (P&I), and hull insurer, The Swedish Club reported that a study it conducted showed direct evidence that ships complying with the International Safety Management code (ISM) have made significant fewer claims than non-ISM vessels. The primary objective of the ISM code is to minimize human error by development and implementation of procedures. The analysis, which examined hull and P&I claims over a four-year period ending June 30, 1999
While the impact of poor freight rates and low oil prices have been felt in all quarters of the Scandinavian maritime industries, the region's hull underwriters and P&I Clubs continue to benefit from the relatively strong domestic shipping and energy sectors. Scandinavian marine insurers have demonstrated resilience in challenging market conditions. The global hull market remains in a downswing of unusual severity. As for the P&I sector, the past 12 months have had a nervous character
TT Club, established to fill a gap in insurance as the freight container revolutionized trade, celebrates 45 years dedicated service to the transport and logistics sector. In 1956, the first strengthened containers were loaded onto a spar deck of the converted tanker, Ideal X. This marked the fulfilment of a dream for American trucker Malcom McLean who had, since 1937, been working on how to reduce the long waiting hours for dockers to stow or unload his vehicles onto or off ships
TT Club, the leading mutual insurer in the international freight and logistics arena, has had its financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) re-affirmed by the US rating agency, A. M. Best. TT’s issuer credit rating was also maintained at "a-" by the agency, which at the same time determined that the outlook for both ratings remains "stable." In a statement issued today announcing the Club’s ratings, A. M
Seaway CEO to speak at Montreal's Canadian Club (March 26) and Toronto's Economic Club (March 27). Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, will be delivering a speech entitled "The Seaway - Not Just a Marine Highway". The speech will be given at the Montreal Canadian Club on March 26, and at the Toronto Economic Club on March 27.
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) & the National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) within the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have entered into a formal agreement that results in NCEP using Navy developed global ocean forecast model technology to make
Lloyd’s Register and the UK P&I Club have updated the ILO MLC smartphone app and launched a new ISM & ISPS pocket checklist app. Both apps are free and are available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. In a fully paperless operation
South American Company Agrees to Plead Guilty to Price Fixing on Ocean Shipping Services for Cars and Trucks. First Charges in the Department’s Antitrust Investigation Involving Ocean Shipping Services; Conspiracy Affected Global Cargo Shipments, Including at Port of Baltimore.
The American Club, the only mutual protection and indemnity insurer domiciled in the Americas, has revealed very positive overall results for the February 20 renewal season. Tonnage entered for owners’ P&I risks increased by over 11% year-on-year as at February 20
The London P&I Club has increased its membership by almost two million gross tons over the past year. This increase reflects the entry of further tonnage with the club by existing members, and the addition of new members from China, Greece, Singapore, Turkey, and the U.K.
MSC Cruises recently added a new state-of-the-art liner, the MSC Preziosa, helping the Italian company, truly a family business, attain the status of third largest cruise line in the world. MSC Preziosa is a Fantasia class cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises
The UK P&I Club, one of the oldest shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurers, announced its renewal for 2014 following the closure of the renewal season on February 20: Another positive result with a net increase of a million gross tons of mutual business
Reuters - Dry bulk shipping firm Golden Ocean reported fourth-quarter earnings broadly in line with expectations on Tuesday and said it expects the market to continue recovering as Chinese demand remains strong. Golden Ocean, part of shipping tycoon John Fredriksen's business empire
In response to specific market demand for insurance cover not formerly available, the Shipowners’ Club has launched a policy for its high net worth super yacht client base to indemnify them against Seafarers Unpaid Wages Following Abandonment (SUWFA).
The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) HMAS Childers has arrived in Darwin after participating in Milan 2014, the biannual international naval event hosted by the Indian Navy in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands from February 5-9, 2014. Milan 2014 was designed to increase maritime cooperation
The ‘A’ rated North P&I club said it achieved another solid year of development ending on February 20, 2014, further consolidating the club’s position as one of the largest and most financially secure members of the International Group of P&I Clubs.
Lockheed Martin says it has signed a contract with Victorian Wave Partners Ltd. to begin developing the world’s largest wave energy project yet. The 62.5-megawatt peak power wave energy generation project will be built off the coast of Victoria, Australia
Independent safety supplier Ocean Safety has been awarded a four year contract with the U.K.’s Ministry of Defense (MOD). This contract will see Ocean Safety continue to supply, service and repair their commercial liferafts and DBC marine evacuation systems.
Greek-based drybulk & tankship owners DryShips and subsidiary offshore deepwater drilling service provider Ocean Rig announce unaudited financial and operating results for the fourth quarter, year ended 31, December 2013. DryShips Fourth Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights
Watkins Syndicate Singapore Pte. Ltd. has appointed two senior underwriters to bolster its expanding presence in the Asia Pacific region. Watkins Syndicate Singapore, which is part of the Lloyd’s Asia Platform and represents Watkins Syndicate 457 at Lloyd’s