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Sunday, March 26, 2017

UK Club Rating Upgraded by S&P to A (Stable)

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Leading P&I club, the UK Club informs it has received the full report from Standard and Poor (“S&P”) explaining its reasons for upgrading the Club's financial rating. The report explains that, in assessing the Club’s business and financial risk profiles across a set of criteria, S&P have determined an anchor rating of “A”. This is based upon the “extremely strong capital adequacy” and “improved operating performance” of the Club. This anchor rating translates, without adjustment, to an overall financial strength rating of A (stable).

The American Club Celebrates Its Centenary

	Joe Hughes, Chairman and CEO of the American Club’s managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. (Photo:  American Club)

The American P&I Club was founded in New York nearly a century ago. To celebrate its first 100 years, a book entitled The American Club: A Centennial History has just been published. The book tells the story of the Club across ten decades of maritime and marine insurance history both within the United States and across the world. Its author is Richard Blodgett, a former Wall Street Journal reporter whose previous credits include histories of the New York Stock Exchange, Kohler and Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. The American Club was founded in February, 1917.

Call Performance and Claims Improvement For London Club

The London P&I Club has confirmed that, as at February 20, 2003, claims for the 2002 policy year were ten percent lower than for the 2001 policy year, and thirty per cent lower than for the 2000 policy year. Writing in the latest issue of its London Club News, the Club says the downturn in claims over recent years is “a great source of encouragement”. It adds that this positive trend, coupled with an improving fleet age profile and the Club’s proven ability in a difficult market to maintain calls in line with original estimates for many years, “bodes well for the continuing success of the London Club”. In April, the London Club Committee reaffirmed an initial supplementary call for the 2003/2004 policy year of forty per cent for the P&I class…

More Shipowners Commit to UK Club in Tough Market

The UK P&I Club (the UK Club) has attracted over three million gross tons of new tonnage, following the closure of the renewal season. At conclusion of renewal the Club’s tonnage stands at around 120 million gross tons. This represents net growth over the past year of 7.6 million tons. As importantly, the Club maintained its policy on sound underwriting declining an equivalent volume of tonnage during the renewal on factors such as quality of risk. “As ship-owners face extremely challenging conditions, the Club’s strong capital position enabled a 2.5 per cent mutual premium discount on the 2011 policy year. The discount amounted to a 10 per cent deduction for all mutual members for the final instalment of the 2011 call due in December last year.

UK P&I Club Welcomes Standard & Poor’s Upgrade

It also noted the Club’s improved operating performance as evidenced by the combined ratio, strength of management strategy, and the improvement in its competitive position. Dino Caroussis, Chairman of the UK P&I Club, said: “This is a welcome endorsement by S&P of the UK Club’s efforts to maintain balanced underwriting and a strong capital position in an environment of rising claims costs and volatile investments. Hugo Wynn-Williams, chief executive of Club managers Thomas Miller P&I Ltd…

Shipowners Commit to UK Club in Tough Market

The UK P&I Club (the UK Club) announces that it has attracted over three million gross tons of new tonnage, following the closure of the renewal season on Wednesday, 20 February, 2013. At conclusion of renewal the Club’s tonnage stands at around 120 million gross tons. This represents net growth over the past year of 7.6 million tons. As importantly, the Club maintained its policy on sound underwriting declining an equivalent volume of tonnage during the renewal on factors such as quality of risk.

Newbuilding Splurge Boosts London Club

The London P&I Club says the increasing amount of new tonnage being ordered by its members, and entered with the Club for P&I and FD&D risks, is confirmation of the current healthy state of the shipping industry, as well as being good news for the Club itself. Twenty-five per cent of the vessels entered with the London Club during the last twelve months have been newbuildings. Many of these have been entered by shipowners who have not previously bought new tonnage. The newbuildings have been split equally between tankers, bulk carriers and containerships. Michael Hill, Underwriting Director of A Bilbrough & Co, Managers of the London Club, says, "Shipping markets generally are going through a boom period at the moment.

UK P&I’s Europe Club Receives Upgrade

The UK P&I Club (the UK Club), one of the oldest shipping protection and indemnity insurance mutuals, has announced that ratings agency Standard and Poor’s has extended its ‘A – ‘ rating to The United Kingdom Mutual Steamship Assurance Association (Europe) Ltd. (the Europe Club). This news follows the November announcement that Standard and Poor’s upgraded the outlook for The United Kingdom Mutual Steamship Assurance Association (Bermuda) Ltd. (the Bermuda Club) to “Positive.”  This upgraded ‘Positive’ outlook also extends to the Europe Club. As part of an internal reorganisation ahead of the introduction of Solvency II regulations, the Europe Club will become the group’s main provider of direct insurance from February 2013.

World's Largest Mutual Marine Insurer Formed

The world's largest mutual marine insurer -- or Protection & Indemnity (P&I) Club -- is set to be created this summer after a management company acquisition. The manager of the Standard P&I Club reportedly will acquire the manager of the Britannia Club -- the third largest club -- with the intention of merging the two clubs.

P&I Club Celebrates 21 Years in Germany

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 brokers. Dr Reith said he was particularly pleased with the way the club had developed in Germany, from its initial Hamburg-based membership to involvement with shipowners from Bremen, Leer and elsewhere in the German shipping community.

UK P&I Club: 6.5% General Increase for 2015

The UK P&I Club board has agreed at its meeting on October 27, 2014 that the general increase for the 2015 renewal will be 6.5%. The premium rating increase is in addition to any change in the cost of the international group reinsurance premium for 2015 for the mutual members, which will be determined next January. In setting the general increase, the UK Club board said it is mindful of the balance between the needs of the club’s members and its commitment to maintaining balanced underwriting and sound financial planning. The 2013 year has proved to be one of the most expensive claims years of the last two decades, the club said. Alan Olivier…

London Club Achieves Income Targets

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. additional vessels with the Club. As in previous years, the Club declined to insure a significant amount of tonnage which did not meet its stringent quality requirements. The London Club has traditionally pursued a policy of selective, quality expansion and strategic investment. For the period between February 1997 and February 2001, it enjoyed the best average investment return of all clubs in the International Group of P&I Clubs.

London Club Confirms General Increase

The London Club has announced a general increase of 25 percent in its advance call for the 2003/04 policy year. confirmed that supplementary calls for all open underwriting years remain unchanged. correction of premium levels has been required. uncertainty, more needs to be done. also apply. ensure that the Club's financial position remained sound.

Propeller Club Holds Annual Convention

Over 400 participants converged on Biloxi, Miss., to attend the annual Propeller Club Convention. Maritime industry leaders, Propeller Club Members from around the world, Propeller Club Student Port Members and spouses enjoyed informative panel discussions that addressed issues such as Shipbuilding, Terminal Operations, Offshore Drilling Construction, Short Sea Shipping in Europe and the U.S., Inland Waterway Issues, Homeland and Port Security, Ballast Water Issues and others. When not attending excellent panel sessions, attendees were afforded southern charm and hospitality at every turn as the host Ports of Gulfport, Pascagoula and Mobile created a unique and rewarding experience for all.

UK P&I Club Capital Reaches Record High

In its Review of the Year 2011, published this week, the UK Club posted total assets of $1.6 billion. “We have achieved our goal of balanced underwriting so that all the $69 million investment return of the year is transferred to the reserves. The Club’s $478 million free reserves and capital are the highest they have ever been; our Members can be confident that the process of rebuilding the Club’s reserves has been successful. The Club’s total assets exceed its claims liabilities by 159%, one of the strongest ratios among the clubs of the International Group.

State of the P&I Market: As Stocks Drop, Rates Will Rise

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. However, syndicate 329 is now in run-off, its capital providers having withdrawn support, and its P&I account, which was transferred to British Marine, an old-established P&I and hull club for small ships and offshore craft…

TT Club Outlook Improved

TT Club’s improving financial position has been acknowledged by industry ratings agency AM Best, which has revised its outlook on the mutual insurer’s rating from ‘stable’ to ‘positive’. This latest recognition marks further progress toward the goal of regaining an ‘A-’ rating. In its press release AM Best affirmed a rating of ‘B++ (Very Good)’ and indicated that the change of outlook reflects an expectation that the current ratings could be reassessed once TT Club has demonstrated a consistent track record of strong earnings. TT Club’s 2004 record performance saw gross earned premiums rise by over 20% and the total surplus and reserves increase by 58%.

State of the P&I Market: As Stocks Drop, Rates Will Rise

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. However, syndicate 329 is now in run-off, its capital providers having withdrawn support, and its P&I account, which was transferred to British Marine, an old-established P&I and hull club for small ships and offshore craft…

HSBC: P&I Clubs Must Improve Underwriting Performance

HSBC Insurance Brokers in its Protection & Indemnity Review 2003. be hard. underwriting business. investment returns in the first place. improve underwriting performance. increased from its current level of $30m. says the broker. increase in retention. financial terms. retention. costly and harder to buy in the immediate future.

UK P&I Club Sets 2.5% General Increase

The UK P&I Club, a provider of protection and indemnity insurance,  agreed at its board meeting Monday that the General Increase for the 2016 renewal will be 2.5 percent. In announcing the increase, the UK Club board said it is mindful of the continuing stress in certain sectors of the shipping market and has therefore set the General Increase for 2016 below the level of claims inflation, adding the General Increase reflects the club’s commitment to maintain balanced underwriting and put the club in the best position to meet the challenges of the future. Separately, in recognizing the challenges faced by its members and the club’s capital position, the board has declared a Mutual Premium Discount of 2.5 percent on the total mutual call for the 2014 policy year.

Crew Medical Initiative Debuted in Ukraine

The American Club is the first P&I insurer to set up a program for pre-employment medical examinations (PEME) in the Ukraine. Claims resulting from pre-existing illnesses have been a big problem for shipowners and P&I clubs alike. However, certain illnesses and medical conditions can be identified during a PEME, and the American Club plans to establish an ‘approved’ list of quality clinics in labour-supplying countries where club members employ seafarers. It is estimated that approximately 60% of the vessels entered with the club have Ukrainian and/or Filipino crews. Paul Sa, chairman of the American Club, said today: “In view of this, the directors have accepted the managers’ recommendation that the club initiates a clinic approval programme in the Ukraine and Philippines.

TT Club Reports Positive Trading Performance

Photo: TT Club

Specialist liability insurer for the international transport and logistics industry TT Club said it had another good performance for the year ended December 31, 2012, with further increased gross written premiums, and the club now maintains its A- (Excellent) rating for the past eight years. In a statement, U.S. rating agency A M Best reaffirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit ratings of “a-” of Through Transport Mutual Insurance Association Limited (TTB) (Bermuda) and its subsidiary…

UK P&I's New Approach to Risk Management

The UK P&I Club takes a BowTie approach to risk management. Marine mutuals like the UK P&I Club are committed to reducing the number and size of insurance claims they receive. After all, in the P&I world, members own their respective clubs and through pool arrangements within individual clubs, they in effect pay their own claims. The smaller the level of claims, the healthier the club becomes and this has a knock-on effect on the cost of insuring through the club. After much study and only after in-depth trials with certain shipowners…

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