34th Marine Forum, Kievits Kroon, South Africa, 10-11 May 2019

By Lars Lange, IUMI Secretary General

Once again a great crowd of marine underwriters from South Africa, neighbouring countries and around the world gathered in Kievits Kroon for the annual Marine Forum. This year’s programme covered a wide variety of topics such as “Marinnovation”, a presentation looking at marine insurance solutions in a world that is changing ever faster; the impact of cyclone Mekunu; but also very practical presentations such as the transportation of avocados. Also discussed were current initiatives to improve safety in the fishing industry, the most dangerous occupation on the planet, and salvage or wreck removal in the Arctic.

Lars Lange had the opportunity to present the latest news from IUMI. He introduced the ongoing work on the major claims database as well as recent development at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) where IUMI is taking a more active approach with regard to containership fires.

Even though the international group of speakers covered many serious and somewhat sombre issues, the atmosphere during the conference was hugely enjoyable, not least due to this year’s dinner theme “la belle France”.