Latitude speaking on panels at 3rd Asia Marine Insurance Conference, 12-13 October

We are pleased to be involved with the 3rd Asia Marine Insurance Conference, being held on 12/13 October at the Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong.  Some of the industry’s most senior underwriters will be there offering their views on the industry. Charles D’Alton will be on the P&I panel and Andrew Brooker will be on both the Owner’s panel and ...

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American Club latest to diversify in to H&M

The American P&I Club, managed by the Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc, is the latest P&I Club to diversify into the hull and machinery market. Shipowners Claims Bureau (SCB) have announced the opening of the American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company, based in Cyprus, but underwriting from Piraeus.  SCB have joined with the Hellenic Hull Mutual and, subject to regulatory approval, will move their ...

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Iran Sanctions being lifted…but still in place (Updated 3 Sept 15)

Update 3 September 2015: As the US moves towards congressional approval of the deal with Iran, timelines are becoming a little clearer now.  Whilst, as at today’s update, the sanctions remain fully in place it appears more likely that the deal will be approved by the US, then the UN and, of course, Iran. At the same time, there appears ...

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The New Marine Insurance Act 2015 (sadly now just called the Insurance Act 2015)

It’s fair to say that Marine Insurance isn’t well known for its rapid evolutionary pace. The Marine Insurance Act 1906 codified in law the practices at the time, which themselves dated back another 200 years in some parts.  ‘Fast’ forward another 110 years and the new Insurance Act 2015 (no longer the Marine Insurance Act) will finally become law in ...

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Our (very concise) View on P&I and H&M for 2015

We were kindly asked by Tradewinds to give a short overview of how we see the H&M and P&I market in 2015.  Here’s what we said in Tradewinds 9 January 2015 edition: “P&I The main themes for 2015 are diversification, regulatory effects, fixed premium and the Nairobi Convention.  Diversification of IG Clubs’ product base continues, the latest being Standard Syndicate ...

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Swedish Club receives A- rating from AM Best

The Swedish Club has received an upgrade from AM Best to an A- (Excellent) rating.  Standard & Poor’s reaffirmed it’s “BBB+” rating earlier this year, although they had raised their assessment of the Club’s capital adequacy and earnings to ‘strong’. At the same time, the London Club, managed by A Bilbrough, have received their first interactive rating of ‘BBB’ from ...

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