Circular 1/14: 2014 Policy Year

OUTLINE
  • Individual Club retention to remain at $9 million
  • The Group Pool retention increased to $80 million
  • Hydra’s coinsurance share of the first layer to remain at 30 per cent
  • Group Pool to remain in three layers but adjusted for the increased Pool retention
  • 5 per cent of the market reinsurance placed in two layers excess of $100 million to $1.1 billion on a three year fixed basis
  • US Voyage surcharge reduced to nil
  • Reinsurance rates per gross ton increased for all ship categories
TO THE MEMBERS

Dear Sirs

2014 POLICY YEARPooling arrangements for 2014

For the 2014 policy year the Club retention will remain at $9 million. The Group Pooling retention will

increase by $10 million to $80 million and continues to be insured by the Group captive, Hydra, and prefunded

by a premium contribution from each club. This premium is included in the reinsurance rates.

Hydra's coinsurance share of the first layer of the general excess of loss contract to remain at 30 per cent.

The Pool will continue with a three layer structure with a lower pool from $9 million to $45 million, an

upper pool layer from $45 million to $60 million, within which there is a claiming club retention of 10

per cent. A top pool layer from $60 million to $80 million, within which there is a claiming club retention

of 5 per cent.

For 2014/2015 the Group has placed 5 per cent of the market reinsurance cover in two layers from

$100 million to $1.1 billion on a three year fixed basis.

Reinsurance arrangements

The market rates for the International Group's excess of loss contract for the 2014 policy year have

increased substantially.

The Group reinsurance rates (per gt) will be charged to Members for 2014 as follows:

Tonnage Category 2014 rate per gtPer cent change from 2013
DIRTY TANKERS$0.7963+5.26
CLEAN TANKERS$0.3415+5.24
DRY CARGO VESSELS$0.5203+5.28
PASSENGER VESSELS$3.7791+20.00

Overspill Reinsurance

If a claim were to exceed US$2,080 million i.e. the limit of the Group excess of loss contract, the excess or

overspill will be pooled amongst the Group clubs. The overall Group Pool limit for such an overspill

remains unchanged at 2.5 per cent of the property limitation funds under the 1976 Limitation Convention

of all mutual ships entered in the International Group clubs. Mutual Members remain ultimately liable to

pay an overspill call up to a maximum of this limit for each entered ship, in accordance with Rule 22 of

the Rules of the Association. For the 2014 policy year, the Group has once again purchased reinsurance

protection on behalf of each club for an overspill claim of up to US$1,000 million. This reinsurance will

be available to all Group clubs to reduce the need to make an overspill call on their members.

Oil pollution limit

The Board has determined in accordance with Rule 5B(ii) that with effect from 12 noon GMT on 20th

February 2014 the limit of the Association's aggregate liability for claims in respect of oil pollution shall

be: US$1,000 million each event in respect of each ship entered by or on behalf of an owner not being a

charterer other than a demise or bareboat charterer.

Passenger/Crew Limits

In accordance with Rule 5B(iii), the Association's aggregate liability for any and all claims is limited to

US$2,000 million each event in respect of liability to Passengers and to US$3,000 million each event in

respect of liability to Passengers and Seamen, in respect of each ship entered by or on behalf of an Owner not

being a charterer other than a demise or bareboat charterer.

War risks P&I

Details of the Club's special war risks P&I excess cover for the 2014 policy year are set out in the Club's


Charterers’ P&I Limit

"Pursuant to proviso (ii) of the Introduction to Rule 2 of the Association's Rules, the Directors

RESOLVED that:

With effect from 12 noon GMT on 20th February, 2014, where the entry of a ship in the Association is

in the name of or on behalf of a charterer, other than a demise or bareboat charterer, and the Association's

liability in respect of the insurance provided to such charterer for the risks set out in Rule 2 is limited to

a sum exceeding US$100 million, the Member shall not be entitled to recover from the Association any

amount exceeding US$100 million in respect of those risks arising out of any one event unless and to

the extent such amount is recovered by the Association from reinsurer(s)".

USA Oil voyage surcharge

For 2014 the rates have been reduced to nil and there will therefore be no requirement to make any further

declarations under this scheme. This decision reflects the continuing improvement of the tanker record on

the Group contract and followed a policy over recent years of reducing the voyage surcharge rate with the

eventual aim of reducing the surcharge to nil in the absence of any intervening major incidents.

Yours faithfully

THE MANAGERS

CONTACT
  • Members requiring further information should contact their usual Club contact.

Downloads

  • UK P&I Club Circular Ref: 1/14 FEBRUARY 2014 (44 KB)

    16/05/2016

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Helen Brunskill

Date16/05/2016

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