For the 2017 policy year, the Club retention will remain $10 million. The Group Pooling retention will remain unchanged at $80 million and continues to be insured by the Group captive, Hydra, and pre-funded by a premium contribution from each club. This premium is included in the reinsurance rates.
Mutual Premium Discount of 3 per cent on the total mutual premium for the 2015 policy year. Standard deductible will be $12,000 per event for the 2017 policy year. Any change in the cost of the International Group reinsurance will be passed on to the mutual Members. An explanation of the financial background to the Board's decisions can be found in the "Autumn Review 2016" which accompanies this Circular.
The UK Insurance Act 2015 will enter into force on 12 August 2016. As an update, the eight Clubs in the International Group whose rules are subject to English law took a common approach to contracting out of certain aspects of the Act.
Members are referred to Circular 9/15 informing Members that non-tank vessels in transit through Western Alaska waters en route to or from a US port are required to follow Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) in order to fulfil federal requirements.