Willis taps Marsh for key appointments

Willis taps Marsh for key appointments

Willis taps Marsh for key appointments

Willis Towers Watson has tapped Marsh for its new head of marine broking, and power and utilities CEEMA region leader. Willis Towers Watson has appointed David Ripton as head of broking, global marine in its corporate risk and broking unit. Mr Ripton joins Willis’s global marine team from Marsh, where he worked as CEO for UK marine business. In his…

Aon launches insurtech consultancy for marine risks

Aon launches insurtech consultancy for marine risks

Aon launches insurtech consultancy for marine risks

Aon has launched a new marine consultancy service with software firm Skytek that uses real-time satellite data to track insureds’ ships and cargo, reducing accumulation risk and potentially offering better insurance cover and pricing. Aon said mega-ports and the increasing size of container ships put insurers and reinsurers at risk of accumulation, particularly during a catastrophe. The insurtech initiative uses…

Insurers will cover autonomous vessel risks but want safety guaranteed

Insurers will cover autonomous vessel risks but want safety guaranteed

Insurers will cover autonomous vessel risks but want safety guaranteed

In a straw-poll of marine insurers, some 54% said they would provide cyber cover for autonomous vessels, but only in the case that safety could be guaranteed. In the same poll, conducted among delegates at the recent International Union of Marine Insurance annual conference in Cape Town, 10% of underwriters said they would provide cover, regardless of concerns about safety.…

Marine insurers urged to manage sanctions risk

Marine insurers urged to manage sanctions risk

Marine insurers urged to manage sanctions risk

Marine insurers have been urged to manage their sanctions exposure as the US reimposes its sanctions against Iran. Speaking at the International Union of Marine Insurance’s annual conference in Cape Town, Nooshin Namazi, partner at Nicoletti Hornig & Sweeney, said insurers must take proactive steps to manage their sanctions risks. “With almost 90% of global trade carried by sea, it…

IUMI president warns of accumulation of losses around emerging risks

IUMI president warns of accumulation of losses around emerging risks

IUMI president warns of accumulation of losses around emerging risks

Insurers need to be aware of the risk of accumulation of losses around emerging risks, warns Dieter Berg, president of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI). Speaking at the IUMI annual conference being held in Cape Town this week, Mr Berg said there are five main areas of risk to watch: technical, political, economic, social and environmental. The technical…

IUMI launches Africa focus

IUMI launches Africa focus

IUMI launches Africa focus

The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) has launched a focus on Africa as it holds its annual conference in Cape Town. It is the first time the 144-year-old organisation has held a conference on the African continent and the event has attracted some 544 delegates from 38 countries worldwide, including eight from Africa. IUMI president Dieter Berg told delegates…

IUMI plans collection of major claims data

IUMI plans collection of major claims data

IUMI plans collection of major claims data

A project to collect hull and cargo claims data and then analyse major losses in terms of loss severity, frequency, location and cause is to be rolled out on a wider basis after a successful pilot. Donald Harrell, chair of IUMI’s Facts & Figures Committee, reported the IUMI’s large loss database pilot project has been a success. “For the past…