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The Political Forum is tasked with the responsibility of identifying and monitoring framework related issues of interest to the global marine insurance industry and to propose possible actions and IUMI positions as appropriate. The Forum works closely with the Technical Committees, Member Associations, Affiliates and other industry partners, and reports directly to the Executive Committee.

The Political Forum publishes a list of current issues with information about all ongoing activities. The issues are selected in view of influencing, supporting or monitoring regulatory discussions and policy actions that reduce risk, support risk carriers and support the international marine (re)insurance market. Position papers are published on several of these issues to clarify the view of marine insurers.

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Position papers 2017

  • Fires on roro passenger vehicle decks

    Published February 2017

    Whilst vessel fires are decreasing across the industry, fires on the vehicle or passenger decks of ferries and roros are increasing. This paper examines that trend and IUMI calls for further action.

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Position papers 2016

  • Piracy and its suppression - 29 January 2016

    Published January 2017

    Piracy is one of the world’s oldest and most resilient activities, a crime born out of poverty, social inequality and fuelled where the rule of law is weak. For insurers, piracy is a peril they expect to cover and this paper outlines IUMI's current position on the issue.

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  • Catalytic Fines and Engine Damage - 8 March 2016

    Published January 2017

    Cat fines are small particles of metal that are deliberately introduced to 'crack' fuel to improve the efficiency of refining. Unless removed by purification, the cat fines become embedded in engine parts and cause serious and rapid engine damage. This can cause an issue for marine insurers as outlined in this paper.

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  • Offshore Safety Directive - 14 April 2016

    Published January 2017

    IUMI's position on the European Commission's report on liability, compensation and financial security for offshore oil and gas operations, COM (2015) 422 final which focuses on the implementation of Directive 2013/30/EU, the Offshore Safety Directive (OSD)

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Position papers 2015

  • Theft prevention - 15 September 2015

    Published January 2017

    IUMI encourages measures that reduce risk and support risk carriers, and therefore has an interest in preventing theft of cargo carried by road. While much is done by the industry, measures are also necessary from relevant authorities to prevent these losses. This paper focuses on the role of relevant authorities and suggestions for further measures for the prevention of cargo theft

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  • Loss of ship records - 10 September 2015

    Published January 2017

    There is an increasing tendency for the outgoing technical managers to remove all records from the ship when a vessel changes ownership, leaving the incoming crew and management with very little information on the condition of the ship and the machinery. Having assimilated the problem, IUMI and the Joint Hull Committee in London jointly wrote to the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) with a suggested change to their rules, such that ship maintenance records would be a condition of classification.

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Position papers 2014

  • Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) - 6 November 2014

    Published January 2017

    IUMI has an interest in the negotiations on the Trade in Services Agreement as it has the potential to improve the conditions for global trade in marine and transport insurance services for those already acting globally as well as those hoping to expand their business beyond the borders of the country of their main establishment.

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Helle HammerPolitical Forum Chair 

helle.hammer@cefor.no

Phone +47 23 08 65 57

CEFOR (The Nordic Association of Marine Insurers) Postboks 2550 Solli 0202 Oslo Norway

Hendrike KühlSecretary 

hendrike.kuehl@iumi.com

Phone +49 40 2000 747 25

IUMI International Union of Marine Insurance Grosse Elbstrasse 36 22767 Hamburg Germany

Dieter Berg 

dberg@munichre.com

Phone +49 89 38 91 3243

Munich Re Königinstrasse 107 80802 München Germany

Eric De Smet 

eric.desmet@baloise.be

Phone + 32 3 870 93 50

Mobile + 32 478 215 992

Baloise Insurance Posthofbrug 16 2600 Antwerpen Belgium

Nicholas Gooding 

nicholasgooding58@gmail.com

Phone +44 777 620 16 63

NPGC

Jens Jaeger 

j.jaeger@gdv.de

Phone +49 30 2020 5346

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

Lars Lange 

lars.lange@iumi.com

Phone +49 40 2000 747 0

IUMI International Union of Marine Insurance Grosse Elbstrasse 36 22767 Hamburg Germany

David Matcham 

dave.matcham@iua.co.uk

Phone +44 207 617 4444

IUA (International Underwriting Association) London Underwriting Center 3 Minster Court, Mincing Lane London EC3R 7DD United Kingdom

Håkan Nyström 

hakan.nystrom@aig.com

Phone +46 8 506 920 81

AIG P.O. Box 3206 104 69 Stockholm Sweden

Neil Roberts 

neil.roberts@lmalloyds.com

Phone +44 20 7327 8375

Lloyds Market Association Suite 358 London EC3M 7DQ United Kingdom

Peter Tam 

petertam@hkfi.org.ok

Phone +82 28 61 9366

The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers 29/F, Sunshine Plaza, 353 Lockhart Road HK-Wanchai Hong Kong