Marine underwriters increasingly have to demonstrate their value to customers, management and shareholders and their risk management capability is critical. In some markets loss prevention is a well-developed mindset, whilst in others it is still developing. The effective use of data analytics, improved risk assessment, pricing and application of loss learnings to reduce or avoid loss are vital, but the likely behaviour of the assured needs to be first and foremost on underwriters' minds.

The Loss Prevention Committee strives to promote this message to IUMI’s members, identifying new solutions, thinking and techniques. Its role is to challenge areas where old and trusted responses are met with a lack of impact. The Committee's objectives include raising awareness, informing debate, creating solutions and supporting IUMI and other industry stakeholders to make a real and positive impact.

Loss Prevention Committee - Firefighting onboard containerships

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Loss Prevention Committee - various topics

  • Amendments to the CSS Code: Guidance papers

    Published January 2021

    At its 102nd session, the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee approved amendments to the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing (CSS Code) related to weather-dependent lashing, heavy cargo items and semi-standardised cargoes such as vehicles on ro-ro ships. The CSS Code is the IMO guideline for cargo lashing principles for non-standardised cargoes, meaning everything except containers and bulk cargoes. Various changes have been made to Annex 13 of the CSS Code during the revision process which were supported by IUMI. To provide an overview of what has been adjusted in Annex 13, IUMI’s German member association, Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft (GDV) kindly provided the below concise summary document.


  • GDV Position Paper on the revision of Annex 13 of the CSS Code

    Published September 2018

    This position paper from the German Insurers' Association (GDV) about the revision of Annex 13 of the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing (CSS Code) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is supported by IUMI's Loss Prevention Committee. The present version of Annex 13 was drawn up in 1995 to reflect the size and weight of the cargo units that were commonplace at that time. However, since this time, sizes and weights have in some cases taken on huge dimensions. The regulations in Annex 13 are therefore no longer adequate and experts are considering adapting Annex 13 to take account of these demands. This position paper outlines several solutions for exceptional cargoes. 


  • Risks associated with the carriage of yachts as deck cargo

    Published June 2018

    By Roderick Johnson, Marine Risk Management Director, RSA and IUMI Loss Prevention Committee Member, and Mick Barras, Marine Risk Management Consultant, RSA


  • Life Science Shipments

    Published December 2017

    By Barry Tarnef, Vice President, Marine Loss Control, Chubb Insurance and member of the IUMI Loss Prevention Committee


  • Humidity Management during the Transport of Goods

    Published October 2017

    By Uwe-Peter Schieder, Liability, Credit, Marine & Aviation Insurance, Statistics, GDV, and member of the IUMI Loss Prevention Committee


  • Fit-for-Purpose Packaging for the Transport of Goods

    Published October 2017

    By Uwe-Peter Schieder, Liability, Credit, Marine & Aviation Insurance, Statistics, GDV, and member of the IUMI Loss Prevention Committee


  • Cold Storage Facilities

    Published September 2017

    By Mariella Dauphinee, CIP (Marine), BA, GradDip(MarLogMgt), Marine Claims Manager, Western Division at Intact Insurance Company and member of IUMI's Loss Prevention Committee


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Pascal DuboisChairperson

Phone +33 1 58 56 96 02

CESAM 11-15 rue St Georges 75009 Paris France

Mariella DauphineeVice Chairperson

Phone +1 6048915400-81026

Intact Insurance Company 1100-999 West Hasting Street V6C 2W2 Vancouver, BC Canada

Uwe-Peter SchiederVice Chairperson

Phone +49 30 2020 5362

GDV Wilhelmstrasse 43/43G 10117 Berlin Germany

John MiklusSecretary

Phone +1 212 233 05 50

American Institute of Marine Underwriting 14 Wall Street, Suite 820 New York, N.Y. 10005 USA

Mikkel Andersen

Phone +45 202 53862

Codan Gl. Kongevej 60 1790 Copenhagen Denmark

Tim de Bruyne-Ludwig

Phone +49 40 301009 11

Verein Hanseatischer Transportversicherer e.V. Mönckebergstrasse 17 20095 Hamburg Germany

Frédéric DenèfleExecutive Committee Liaison

Phone +33 6 07803081

GAREX 9, rue de Téhéran 75008 Paris France

Mohamed Hasan Farghaly

Phone +2 02 37 62 02 99

Suez Canal Insurance Co. 31, Mohamed Kamel Morsi St. Mohandesseen, Giza Egypt

Jens JaegerPolicy Forum Liaison

Phone +49 30 2020 5346

German Insurance Association (GDV) Wilhelmstrasse 43 / 43G 10117 Berlin Germany

Andrew Kinsey

Phone +1 631 807 8907

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality 28 Liberty Street, 24th Floor New York, NY 10005 USA

Ronald Kwan

Phone +852 2258 2113

California Insurance Co Ltd Rm 1607, China Insurance Group Building 141 Des Voeux Road Central Hong Kong

Nicola Linguerri

Phone +41 43 285 69 25

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Mythenquai 50/60 P.O.Box 4288 8022 Zurich Switzerland

Osamu Nishigami

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance 3-9 Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ward Tokyo, 101-8011 Japan

Jacques Petit

Phone +32 2 739 90 18

AIG Europe S.A. Pleinlaan 11, Boulevard de la Plaine B-1050 Brussels Belgium

Howard Potter

Phone +44 7468 534592

Astaara Company Limited 7th floor, 1 Minster Court, Mincing Lane London, EC3R 7AA United Kingdom

S. Ravichandran

Phone +91 9833 185 702

SBI General Insurance Co Ltd 101 Natraj Junction of Western Express Highway & MV Road Andheri East Mumbai 400069 India

Roberto Spanu

Phone +39 01055015249

Swiss Re International Se Prappresentanza per l'Italia Plazza de Ferrari 4 16121 Genova Italy

Patrick Tillery

Phone +49 421 389860

Batterman & Tillery GmbH Lloydstr. 1 28217 Bremen Germany

Kristin Urdahl

Phone +47 37 01 93 92

Gard AS Kittelsbuktveien 31 4836 Arendal P.O. Box 789 Stoa 4809 ARENDAL Norway

Victor van de Lest

Corins BV Gatwickstraat 33 1043 GL Amsterdam Netherlands

Li Zhou

Phone +86 2568186755

PICC Property and Casualty Company Limited Tower 2, No.2 Jianguomenwai Avenue Chaoyang District Beijing, 100022 China