Following its board meeting in Tokyo on 21st October, the Standard Club has announced stable underwriting results and a healthy investment forecast for the current year. Free reserves are expected to increase at the year ending February 2017 and, as such, the board has decided that there will be no general increase for the coming 2017 renewal and the Club will provide a 5% return on the mutual call for the 2016/17 policy year.

The Club announced as follows:


P&I class:

All open years are performing satisfactorily. No calls in addition to the Estimated Total Premium (ETP) are expected and the board has determined to return to members 5% of mutual call for the 2016/17 policy year. Credit notes for this return will be issued in late February 2017 to allow members to offset the return against premiums payable during the course of the 2017 policy year.

Release call percentages remain at 2%, 3% and 7% of ETP for the three open policy years of 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17. The 2014/15 policy year is expected to be closed in May 2017.

Defence class:

This class is performing satisfactorily. No call in addition to the ETP is expected. The board determined that the release call margins should remain at the same level as the P&I class: 2%, 3% and 7% respectively for the three open policy years; the 2014/15 policy year is expected to be closed in May 2017.


P&I & Defence class

The board determined that no general increase should be applied this year either to any class of P&I premium (mutual, charterers or offshore) or defence premium. As in previous years, the board has asked the managers to agree bespoke renewal terms with members whose claims and risk profile are out of line with their premiums.

Any adjustment in the International Group’s reinsurance costs will be reflected in members’ premium.

The ETP will be debited in the same manner as the 2016/17 policy year.

As in previous years, a further update will be issued in due course in relation to other renewal matters.

The Club’s full circular can be found here.