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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Loss Prevention Spring Meeting 2024

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Pascal DuboisChair 

CESAM 11-15 rue St Georges 75009 Paris France

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

Mikkel Andersen 


Codan Gl. Kongevej 60 1790 Copenhagen Denmark

Remi Barral 


JLB Expertises 40 Cours Pierre Puget 13006 Marseille

Mara Blagojevic McDanielsJunior Observer 

Allianz Commercial 28 Liberty Street, 24th Floor New York, NY, 10005 USA

Mohamed Hasan Farghaly 


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

Björn Hartong 

Zurich Insurance Resilience Solutions Mythenquai 2 8002 Zurich Switzerland

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

Ahlem Larafa 

CNA Hardy 52-54 rue de la Victoire 75009 Paris France

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

Tom ShinyaExecutive Committee Liaison 

Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. 1-2-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 100-8050 Japan

Gaurav Sharma 

New India Assurance Company 87, Mahatma Gandi Road Fort Mumbai- 400 001 India

Martti Simojoki 

The Swedish Club Gullbergs Strandgata 6 SE-411004 Gothenburg Sweden

Roberto Spanu 

DUAL Marine Europe Prappresentanza per l'Italia Plazza de Ferrari 4 16121 Genova Italy

Patrick Tillery 


Batterman & Tillery GmbH Lloydstr. 1 28217 Bremen Germany

Victor van de Lest 


Corins BV Gatwickstraat 33 1043 GL Amsterdam Netherlands