American Club Reports Solid Performance

Monday, June 16, 2003
The American Club reported its results for 2002 at its annual meeting in New York. “The future is bright,” said Paul Sa (Standard Shipping Inc.), the club’s chairman, “and I am certain that the club will continue to enjoy success at the forefront of the global P&I industry over the years to come.” In addition to a further increase in entered tonnage, taking the club to a total of nearly 19m. gross tons, it also achieved a post-tax operating profit of $3.2m. despite difficult trading conditions. It was the second successive year to show an operating surplus, bucking an almost universal trend seen elsewhere in the market of year-on-year losses. The New York-based mutual once again saw its premium income rise – to $53.3m. from $41.5m – an uplift of 28%. Total assets grew by 15% (to $119.2m.), while free reserves rose by an identical margin of 15% to $20.3m. Although claims incurred rose by just under $8m., reflecting substantial tonnage growth over the period, paid claims actually reduced by 15% due to the stabilisation of claims costs during the preceding 12 months. Another feature of the year was further diversification of vessel type and domicile of management. Non-US members now account for nearly 80% of the total, widely spread around the world. Sa told the meeting that the year 2002 began with a significant increase in entered tonnage, and steady growth and financial progress continued through the year. The 2003 renewal in February brought new highs in entered tonnage and premium revenue, “and the club is well positioned for strong growth in the future.” Endorsing these remarks, Joe Hughes, chairman and CEO of Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc., the managers, said that progress was made in every area of the club’s activities – operationally, financially and, most importantly, in the continuing development of service capabilities. Further, “2003 has started well …. entered tonnage stands yet again at a record level and the club’s chief financial indicators continue to move ahead, outperforming industry trends in most areas.” Sounding a note of caution, however, Hughes said it was unlikely that trading conditions for marine insurers in general and for P&I clubs in particular would dramatically improve in the short to medium term, especially in view of current geopolitical uncertainties which would continue to affect the business climate at large. At the meeting, Chih Chien Hsu (Eddie Steamship Company Ltd., Taipei) was welcomed as a new member of the board, the club’s first director from Asia.
Maritime Reporter July 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Marine Propulsion

Daihatsu Joins ClassNK Research Project

Classification society ClassNK announced that it will embark on a joint research project together with Daihatsu Diesel Mfg. Co., Ltd. Through the partnership, ClassNK

Ecospeed Fuel and Cost Saving Solutions at SMM

Ecospeed announced it will exhibit its line of fuel and cost saving solutions at SMM in Hamburg. Ecospeed and fuel savings Routine in-water cleaning results

New Double-ended Ferry for Norderney

New double-ended ferry serving the North Sea island of Norderney – Safe and eco-friendly maneuvering in shallow, high-sediment water using Voith Schneider Propellers Ferries

Finance

Info-X Invests in $5m Headquarter Expansion

Transportation solutions provider capitalizes on outsourcing trend Info-X Software Technology, provider of software solutions and back-office support to U.S.

US Rail Jams Force Rush to Roads and Rivers

U.S. coal-burning power utilities are being forced to turn to barges and more expensive trucks to move coal, desperate to shore up stockpiles left dangerously low

Jones Act is Critical to Conn. Economy

Study shows Connecticut shipbuilding industry worth $2.5 billion to state’s economy, supports nearly 23,000 jobs The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) joined

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pipelines Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1800 sec (6 req/sec)