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American P&I Club reports positive progress on many fronts in 2019 New Year Report

Key indicators advance steadily: premium and tonnage increase while claims remain subdued

New York, January 24, 2019: The American P & I Club has recently issued a circular containing a progress report highlighting some of the latest Club metrics in regard to tonnage, premium, claims, investment income and free reserves as the 2019 renewal draws near.

Most of the Club’s key operational indicators show positive progress. Premium and tonnage have maintained their upward trajectory, claims have remained subdued – both in relation to attritional exposures and larger losses – and, despite heavy turbulence in the financial markets toward the end of 2018, the Club’s funds under investment have held up well.

Tonnage and premium development

  • The Club’s profile in this respect has remained broadly stable over the past twelve months
  • Class I (P & I) tonnage has grown by about 3%, Class II (FD & D) by 1%
  • Premium has increased by about 2% in regard to P & I entries, and by 1% for FD & D business
  • Grounds for optimism that these trends will continue into 2019 as the prospects for the maritime sector improve.

Development of retained claims

  • Frequency and severity of losses have shown a downward trend in recent years
  • Incurred claims at December 20, 2018 were 17% lower than those for 2017 at the same point of emergence
  • Figures augur well for 2018 policy year’s ultimate claims outturn going forward.

Development of Pool claims

  • 2014 through 2016 policy years continue to develop favorably
  • 2017 and 2018 are emerging at higher levels of aggregate loss
  • More a reversion to historical mean than indication of above-trend inflationary pressure.

Development of premium per gross ton (GT) and retained claims per GT

  • Important driver of premium pricing has been a steady decline in the average cost of claims
  • But average premium per ton has moved slightly upward since the beginning of 2018
  • Encouraging sign which reflects the Club’s policy of prudent risk pricing.

Investment performance

  • Return of 8.1% for 2017 was the best the Club had achieved in nearly a decade
  • Earnings for 2018 were challenged by the considerable turbulence experienced in the investment markets
  • Fund performance was flat at year-end, demonstrating resilience of the Club’s asset class selection

Development of statutory surplus/free reserves per GT

  • Remains consistent over recent years
  • Supported by a benign claims environment, prudent levels of risk pricing and respectable investment returns.

Eagle Ocean Marine (EOM)

  • American Club’s fixed premium facility, Eagle Ocean Marine, continues to complement Club activity
  • EOM compound premium growth over last three years nearly 20% per annum
  • Aggregate combined ratio less than 70% since 2011 inception to year-end 2018.

American Hellenic Hull Insurance Co. Ltd. (AHHIC)

  • AHHIC shows steady growth over first thirty months of operation
  • At year-end 2018, about 2,300 vessels within AHHIC portfolio, with broad range of domiciles and vessel types
  • Aggregate gross loss ratio for 2018 very favorable, aided by rising premium rates and growing profitability
  • American Club continues to benefit from substantial cross-selling opportunities.

Joe Hughes, Chairman & CEO, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., Managers for the American Club said that the New Year’s report was intended to provide Members, their brokers and the Club’s many other friends and associates with a useful picture of the Club’s affairs – and those of its related businesses – at this important juncture in its continuing development.

He added: “As the American Club moves further into its second century of service to the global maritime community, it looks forward with its characteristic energy and enthusiasm to growing success in its expanding fields of enterprise over the years ahead.”


Notes to Editors

More information on the above press release, with tables and charts illustrating the performance of key indicators, can be found in the American Club’s Circular 02/19 at this link:

The American Club

American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (the American Club) was established in New York in 1917. It is the only mutual Protection and Indemnity Club domiciled in the entire Americas and its headquarters are in New York, USA.

The American Club has been successful in recent years in building on its US heritage to create a truly international insurer with a global reach second-to-none in the industry. Day to day management of the American Club is provided by Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. also headquartered in New York.

The Club is able to provide local service for its members across all time zones, communicating in eleven languages, and has subsidiary offices located in London, Piraeus, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Houston, plus a worldwide network of correspondents.

The Club is a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs, a collective of thirteen mutuals which together provide Protection and Indemnity insurance for some 90% of all world shipping.

For more information, please visit the Club’s website

P&I Insurance

Protection and Indemnity insurance (commonly referred to as “P&I”) provides cover to shipowners and charterers against third-party liabilities encountered in their commercial operations; typical exposures include damage to cargo, pollution, death/injury or illness of passengers or crew or damage to docks and other installations.

Running in parallel with a ship’s hull and machinery cover, traditional P&I cover distinguishes itself from usual forms of marine insurance by being based on the not-for-profit principle of mutuality where Members of the Club are both the insurers and the assureds.