Spring Meeting 2023: Marine insurers from around the world finally come back together in Hamburg

By Hendrike Kühl, IUMI Policy Director

IUMI’s annual Spring Meeting was finally back in person following a four-year break due to the pandemic. In early March, more than 120 committee and forum members from 25 countries gathered in Hamburg to discuss trends, challenges and issues impacting marine cargo and hull insurers, and to prepare for the workshop sessions at the upcoming IUMI annual conference in September in Edinburgh.

In the general session (aka “small IUMI”), Professor Dieter Schwampe from ASD provided an update on the revision of the CMI 1910 Collision Convention, which potentially has significant implications for marine insurers.

Moreover, insights into modern technical support used in cargo surveys were shared by Nicolas Gabriel from Battermann & Tillery, whose presentation offered an understanding of the requirements for the “surveyors of the future”.

The Committee Chairs used the opportunity to provide insightful and engaging updates on the ongoing work of their committees. The meeting also provided much needed time for members to network, collaborate, share experiences, and discuss best practices. 

The conference concluded with a special dinner for the international crowd of marine insurers at the historical “Speicherboden”. Hamburg's “Speicherstadt” is the world's largest historic warehouse complex, located in the Port of Hamburg and was an excellent venue to gather our members from around the world for the closing dinner. 

A special thanks to ASD and Battermann & Tillery, our continuous and longstanding sponsors, who help making the Spring Meeting possible!