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 - various topics

  • IUMI Discussion Paper - Containers lost at sea

    Published December 2021

    IUMI Discussion Paper - Containers lost at sea


  • 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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Loss Prevention Committee - Firefighting onboard containerships

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Pascal DuboisChair 

CESAM 11-15 rue St Georges 75009 Paris France

Howard PotterVice Chair 

Astaara Company Limited 5th Floor 20 Gracechurch Street London, EC3V 0BG United Kingdom

Uwe-Peter SchiederVice Chair 

GDV Wilhelmstrasse 43/43G 10117 Berlin Germany

John MiklusSecretary 

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

Sean DaltonExecutive Committee Liaison 

Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. 1177 Avenue of the Americas 15th Floor New York, NY 10036 USA

Mikkel Andersen 

Codan Gl. Kongevej 60 1790 Copenhagen Denmark

Remi Barral 

JLB Expertises 40 Cours Pierre Puget 13006 Marseille

Nick Chapman 

AIG The AIG Building 58 Fenchurch Street London EC3M 4AB UK

Mohamed Hasan Farghaly 

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

Jens JaegerPolicy Forum Liaison 

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

Andrew Kinsey 

Liberty Mutual Insurance One Chase Manhattan Plaza 28 Liberty Street 5th Fl. New York, New York 10005 USA

Ronald Kwan 

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

Osamu Nishigami 

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

Stefan Seniow 

HDI Global SE, Branch for Belgium Mechelsesteenweg 203/4 2018 Antwerpen Belgium

Shan Shao 

PICC Property & Casualty Co. Ltd 33/F, PICC Tower No. 2 Jianguomen Wai Avenue Beijing China

Martti Simojoki 

Alandia Itamerenkatu 1 FIN-00180 Helsinki Finland

Roberto Spanu 

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

Patrick Tillery 

Batterman & Tillery GmbH Lloydstr. 1 28217 Bremen Germany

Kristin Urdahl 

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

Henrik Uth 

Survey Association Købmagergade 54,1 DK-1150 Copenhagen Denmark

Victor van de Lest 

Corins BV Gatwickstraat 33 1043 GL Amsterdam Netherlands