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IUMI: Shipping’s move to net-zero is welcome but new risks must be understood and insured

‘It is the job of marine underwriters to assist all those involved, including shipowners and charterers, to de-risk their operations as far as possible and provide new and innovative insurance products,” states President.

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International Union of Marine Insurance President Frederic Denefle

The International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s recent strengthening of its environmental ambitions heralds a significant turning point for the shipping industry and, consequently, a heightened impact on marine insurers, says the President of International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI).

“IUMI welcomes the recent announcement from IMO that GHG emissions from ships will be reduced further. New targets require net-zero emissions by close to 2050 with a 20-30% reduction by 2030 and a 70-80% reduction by 2040– from the 2008 baseline,” said Frédéric Denèfle at the IUMI annual conference.

“To achieve this, the industry will need to adopt a series of immediate measures followed by intermediate technologies and, finally, a long-term technology shift. It’s gratifying to see that leading shipowners, supported by charterers, have already made the first steps with some trail-blazing their way to early decarbonisation.

“For the marine insurance community, it is vital that we maintain pace with all the incoming changes and innovations so we fully understand each and every risk involved enabling us to support shipowners to de-risk their new operations. This will include ensuring the continued safety of our crews at sea, their training and their well-being; as well as the safety of the vessels themselves and their cargoes.”

As an interim solution, some shipowners were adopting LNG dual-fuel, biofuels and wind-assisted propulsion. Longer-term, zero-emission propulsion options might include ammonia, hydrogen or methanol.

Each of these new technologies would give rise to a new set of risks that marine underwriters will need to insure. As the transition proceeds, retrofits will give way to new-builds, again giving rise to new types of risks.

“With new innovations and a changing risk profile, the need for enhanced information becomes paramount”, said Denèfle. 

“It will be important for underwriters to receive and analyse data on ESG, economic and technical performance. In the past, we had relied upon historical information and statistics but today, real-time, dynamic data such as weather, geopolitical, regulatory, routing and engine information are all available to us.

“We need to capitalise on this, as some underwriters are already doing, to ensure our cover remains relevant. Capturing a range of new data from new and alternative sources will be key and the trick will be to adopt systems that allow marine insurers to make sense of what they are receiving and apply it to their risk portfolios. Predictive risk management and improvement to risk quality will, inevitably, lead to greater sustainability and profitability of our sector”.

Summing up, the conference heard that key risks likely to emerge from the introduction of new GHG technologies would include new onboard hazards; a complex portfolio of GHG emissions; the introduction of new technology systems; and a re-balancing of voyage dynamics and chartering strategies.

Denèfle concluded: “One of our speakers said ‘transformation involves taking risks and making investments in new technologies’, which is quite right. But it is the job of marine underwriters to assist all those involved, including shipowners and charterers, to de-risk their operations as far as possible and provide new and innovative insurance products.”

Photo credit: International Union of Marine Insurance
Published: 21 September, 2023

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Singapore: Liquidators arrange creditors meeting for Otto Marine Limited

Meeting will be held from 3pm on 24 July at 8 Wilkie Road #03-08 Wilkie Edge Singapore 228095, according to Government Gazette notice.

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A meeting for creditors of Otto Marine Limited, which is in liquidation, has been scheduled to take place on 24 July, according to a Government Gazette notice on Thursday (11 July). 

The meeting will be held from 3pm at 8 Wilkie Road #03-08 Wilkie Edge Singapore 228095

The agenda of the meeting will be as follows:

  • To update on the liquidation administration;
  • To approve the Liquidators’ fees and disbursements;
  • To approve the declaration of preferential dividend(s) pursuant to Section
  • 328(1)(b) to 328(1)(f) of the Companies Act, Cap. 50;
  • To consider and if thought fit, to appoint a committee of inspection; and
  • Any other business.

The details of the liquidators are as follows: 

Chee Yoh Chuang
Lin Yueh Hung
Liquidators
c/o 8 Wilkie Road
#03-08 Wilkie Edge
Singapore 228095

 

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Published: 12 July, 2024

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Titan completes first STS LNG bunkering operation in Cuxhaven

Port of Cuxhaven in Germany had previously only seen LNG operations conducted via truck and currently only permits LNG bunkering at one berth, says Titan.

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Titan completes first STS LNG bunkering operation in Cuxhaven

LNG bunker fuel supplier Titan on Thursday (11 July) said it completed the first-ever LNG bunkering operation by ship in the port of Cuxhaven.

Titan’s bunker vessel Optimus successfully delivered LNG to dredger Vox Ariane operated by its long-term client Van Oord. 

“Our ship-to-ship bunkering in Cuxhaven represents a pioneering step in the region's LNG infrastructure development, as the port had previously only seen LNG operations conducted via truck and currently only permits LNG bunkering at one berth,” it said in a social media post. 

“LNG infrastructure development is part of a broader trend, with more ports across Germany adopting LNG operations to support shipping’s clean fuels transition.”

Titan added the improved LNG bunkering capabilities in Cuxhaven, a Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG port, also opened up the pathway to maritime decarbonisation via liquified biomethane (LBM) and then renewable e-methane going forward.

 

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Published: 12 July, 2024

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UECC “Auto Achieve” receives first LNG bunker fuel delivery by barge in home country

Firm said it received the first ever supply of LNG by barge to their multi-fuel LNG battery hybrid car carrier in the Port of Drammen, Norway.

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UECC “Auto Achieve” receives first LNG bunker fuel delivery by barge in home country

Norwegian roll-on/roll-off shipping line United European Car Carriers (UECC) on Wednesday (10 July) said it received the first ever supply of LNG by barge to their multi-fuel LNG battery hybrid car carrier Auto Achieve in the Port of Drammen on 4 July.

The firm said this was the first time UECC received LNG by barge to any of their vessels in their home country Norway. 

“We also believe that it was the first time LNG was delivered by barge to any vessel in Drammen, and most likely the entire Oslofjord,” UECC said in a social media post.

The LNG was supplied by the Molgas Energy Holding vessel Pioneer Knutsen, owned by Knutsen Group OAS.

“UECC is very pleased to see the expansion of the LNG barge network in Norway,” it said. 

 

Photo credit: UECC
Published: 12 July, 2024

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