• 2019 September 17 11:00

    Marine cargo market characterised by “accelerating change” as underwriters take action to address continuing unprofitability, says IUMI

    Speaking at IUMI (International Union of Marine Insurance) annual conference in Toronto, Canada, Sean Dalton, Chair of IUMI’s Cargo Committee reported a 2.5% increase in 2018 global premiums to USD 16.6 billion. However, the increase was largely attributable to growth in global trade and exchange rate fluctuations.

    Dalton characterised the marine cargo market as being in a state of “accelerating change” driven by underwriters taking action to address unprofitable results and to improve performance.

     He explained: “on a global basis, the cargo line is unprofitable and has been for a number of years. Premiums have not been technically adequate to cover losses and expenses and, as such, have not delivered an acceptable return for capital providers. A significant reason for this ongoing situation is the commoditization of this speciality line of business which has lowered entry barriers and attracted new entrants, some of whom are now exiting.

     As result, underwriters are addressing their portfolios with urgency and reviewing technical rate adequacy, expenses, terms and conditions, deductible levels, and capacity/limit deployment. A greater focus has been placed on commitment to business, stability and capabilities to ensure underwriters deliver a stable offering that can be robustly delivered.”

    World trade global growth is expected to achieve 2.6% in 2019 and 3% in 2020. This, coupled with governments in emerging markets investing in infrastructure and promoting domestic manufacturing, gives a positive outlook for cargo insurance. However, weaker economic projections and concerns over trade wars may dampen expected growth and are of concern.

    Already, 2019 has been impacted by nine major cargo vessel fires which, tragically, have resulted in loss of life, injury and environmental damage. Misdeclaration of cargo appears to be the main culprit and is driving some shipping companies to take the unprecedented step of announcing significant fines to those responsible.

    Ashore, there have been cargo storage losses in 2017 and 2018 from nat-cat incidents as well as a number of significant fire losses over the past 12 months. The marine cargo market insures a significant amount of property contents storage under Warehouse/Storage Endorsements and “Stock Thru Put” policies. The current soft market has increased this risk profile as underwriters have been offering broader terms, higher nat-cat limits, lower deductibles and more competitive prices than their property counterparts would provide.

     Dalton concludes: “In addressing these issues, cargo insurers are encountering old and new challenges. These include compliance, sanctions, War and SR&CC, emerging risks and new coverage requirements. With each cargo insured loss there are related uninsured losses. These might include business interruption due to supply chain issues, trade disruption, or loss of market. Emerging technologies may provide tools and capabilities to enable the development of new products. To meet these needs cargo underwriters must get the basics right if they are to be in a position to capitalize on future opportunities. It is certain that exposures will continue to increase in size and complexity for the cargo underwriter and this will require a sustainable approach to the business to meet the demands of the present and the future”.
     
    About IUMI

    The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) represents 43 national and marine market insurance and reinsurance associations. Operating at the forefront of marine risk, it gives a unified voice to the global marine insurance market through effective representation and lobbying activities. As a forum for the exchange of ideas and best practice, IUMI works to raise standards across the industry and provides opportunities for education and the collection and publication of industry statistics. IUMI is headquartered in Hamburg and traces its roots back to 1874.




2019 October 16

18:37 Damen partners with TCS for increased vessel connectivity
18:07 AET christens two of the world's first LNG dual-fuel DPSTs to be chartered out to Norway's Equinor
17:35 PSA Marine signs frame agreement with Hydroniq Coolers
17:22 MODEC awarded Letter of Intent by Petrobras related to Marlim 1 FPSO
16:57 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Sep’2019 fell by 21% Y-o-Y to 8.45 million tonnes
16:22 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-Sep'2019 climbed by 4% Y-o-Y to 14.27 million tonnes
16:22 IBM boards the Mayflower Autonomous Ship project
15:58 Patrol ship of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet to take part in events dedicated to anniversary of Navarino battle
15:35 Navios Maritime Partners announces repayment of its Term Loan B
15:19 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-Sep’2019 grew by 18% Y-o-Y to 46.93 million tonnes
14:53 Port of Ust-Luga handled 77.49 million tonnes in 9M’19, up 7% Y-o-Y
14:34 NEPTUN WERFT holds keel laying ceremony for AIDAcosma
14:06 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in Jan-Sep'2019 grew by 2% Y-o-Y to 44.97 million tonnes
13:45 Zvezda shipyard lays down fourth Aframax tanker for Rosnefteflot
13:20 Carnival Cruise Line to add fourth ship in Galveston
12:12 Hapag-Lloyd to apply a Peak Season Surcharge from North Europe to East Asia
11:51 WMU and AHHIC cooperate on marine insurance
11:33 Gazprom Neft establishes a Singapore subsidiary company to develop its international marine lubricants business
11:20 Intensive training on port management and efficiency held in France
10:57 IMO visited United Kingdom to assess country's implementation of special maritime security measures
10:14 LUKOIL enters Ghasha project for extraction of hydrocarbons in UAE
10:01 MPA of Singapore to strengthen collaboration on cyber resilience and response at the 5th Port Authorities Roundtable
09:59 APM Terminals Gothenburg to double rail volumes by 2022
09:52 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.19% to $58.85, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.13% to $52.88
09:36 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,898 points
09:18 Bunker prices are flat at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
08:43 Award-winning yachts honored at Cannes - Azimut, Benetti, and Galeon
08:35 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 16

2019 October 15

18:37 MOL conducts tabletop drill based on an incident simulation involving containership
18:07 Fincantieri announces delivery of the fourth Royal Princess class ship at the Monfalcone shipyard
17:55 Tatarstan and Gazprom sign action plan for implementation of pilot project on using LNG powered ships
17:36 Keppel delivers fourth jackup rig to Borr Drilling
17:06 Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore revokes Inter-Pacific Petroleum Pte Ltd’s bunker craft operator licence
16:49 Hudson Shipping Lines joins the Trident Alliance as a member
16:26 PGNiG: a new oil and gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea
15:32 Port of Kiel announces conclusion of cruise season with turnover of cruise passengers having grown by 33.6% YoY
15:04 TechnipFMC awarded subsea contract for PetroVietnam Gas’ Nam Con Son 2 Phase 2 Gas pipeline development in Vietnam
14:35 Deltamarin provides RMC with design services for the Tallink ferry project
14:31 Port of HaminaKotka and Steveco jointly constructed pulp terminal in Kotka’s Mussalo Harbour
13:57 Shore power to improve air quality and reduce noise in Port and City of Tallinn
13:20 “Wind Barriers at the Freeport of Riga” project receives Annual Riga Architecture Award
12:54 Krasnoye Sormovo delivers Pola Pelagia, yet another dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59
12:18 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:55 Khabarovsk Shipyard launched pontoon dock gate for city protection against floods
11:09 Amendments to IMO's Ballast Water Management Convention enter into force on 13 October 2019
10:56 Trade Port Posiet handled 4.4 million tonnes of cargo in 9M’2019, up 4% YoY
10:37 World Maritime University delivered its Maritime Business Integrity and Corruption Awareness Seminar
10:09 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from East Asia to North Europe and Mediterranean
09:38 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.76% to $58.9, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.67% to $53.23
09:32 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Oct 15
09:22 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,916 points
09:14 Jan De Nul helps to boost Mauritania’s iron ore export
08:59 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa

2019 October 14

18:06 Neptune Energy acquires North Sea assets from Energean
17:57 Rosatom set to have its plan for development of NSR infrastructure till 2035 to be approved by RF Gov't before year end
17:35 2020 Bulkers enters into a time charter agreement for Bulk Shanghai
17:21 Bronka port to handle cargo of up to 500 tonnes
17:05 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
16:50 Names given to first two super trawlers of Russian Fishery Company
16:35 Sasol invests in first South African-owned chemical tanker through Nduna Maritime