Policy Year 2019 - Renewal

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CIRCULAR REF: 2019/004
CIRCULATED TO ALL MEMBERS, BROKERS AND DIRECTORS

We hereby provide Members with an up-date on a number of issues applying to Renewal and the new Policy Year.

International Group Reinsurance 

The International Group’s (“the Group”) General Excess of Loss Reinsurance (“GXL”) Contract has been renewed and the details of this renewal have already been notified to Members in the Club’s Circular Ref: 2018/037.

Owner’s Entries

Owner’s P&I cover reinsured through the Pool will continue as per Rule 22 to be subject to the following particular limits:-

  • Oil pollution:  US$1 billion in the aggregate for all claims arising out of any one event under each Owner’s entry relating to an Entered Ship.
  • Passenger and seamen combined:  US$3 billion in the aggregate for all claims arising out of any one event in respect of all Owners’ entries for an Entered Ship.
  • Passenger (sub-limit):  US$2 billion in the aggregate for all claims arising out of any one event in respect of all Owners’ entries for an Entered Ship.

Charterer’s Entries

The standard limit of cover under the Club’s reinsurance programme for Charterers will remain as per the Rules at US$350 million each event for all claims under any one Entry.  However, alternative limits of cover may be agreed by the Managers and will be shown in the Certificate of Entry.  The Club’s website, www.nepia.com, contains details of the comprehensive package of covers available to Charterers.

P&I War Risks

The limit of cover for excess P&I War Risks cover provided by the Club in respect of an Owner’s entry will continue to be US$500 million each event in excess of the Entered Ship’s value or US$100 million, whichever is the lesser, with the same aggregate limits as at present.  Members are reminded of the need to ensure that they have arranged adequate underlying war risks insurance with cover for P&I risks, including crew, for the risks excluded by the Club’s Rule 24(1), up to the proper value of the Entered Ship or US$100 million, whichever is the lesser.

The limits of cover in respect of P&I War Risks for Charterer’s Entries will be as set out in each Member’s individual terms of entry, and the cover will operate in excess of the Member’s appropriate deductible with the Club .

Bio-chem Risks

In view of the exclusion of bio-chemical risks from the excess P&I War Risks cover and in recognition of the absence of suitable underlying facilities in the insurance market, as first advised in the Circular Ref: 2004/005, the Club will, at no additional premium, continue to provide cover which is pooled with the other Group Clubs on the same basis as in the current Policy Year, namely for:-

1. damages, compensation or expenses in consequence of the personal injury to or illness or death of any seaman (including diversion expenses, repatriation and substitution expense and shipwreck unemployment indemnity); and

2. legal costs and expenses incurred solely for the purpose of avoiding or minimising claims from Bio-chem Risks.

Cover is provided in excess of the Member’s usual deductible up to a limit of US$30 million any one accident or occurrence or series of accidents or occurrences arising from one event each ship.  This limit will apply to all interests (for example, Owners, Charterers and sub-Charterers) in each ship in the aggregate regardless of whether or not they are entered in different Group Clubs.

Cover is subject to a cancellation provision of 24-hours’ notice and areas of particular risk may be excluded from cover by decision of the Directors.  There are no current excluded areas.

Heavy Fuel Oil Cargoes

Following renewal, Members will be required to declare to the Club, which of their ships have carried heavy fuel oil as cargo in the previous 12 months. This has been a requirement since February 2006, and may result in surveys of Members’ ships.

Circulars

Members are reminded of the provisions of the Club’s Circulars Rule 32 and that they should use their best endeavours to comply with any recommendation made by Circular.   Copies of all Circulars may be viewed at or downloaded from the “Circulars” section of the Club’s website at www.nepia.com.

United States Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA)

At their meeting on 16 January 2019, the Directors have resolved that cover for acts of terrorism as defined in TRIA (which has been further extended by the Terrorism Risk Insurance Programme Reauthorisation Act of 2015, up to 31 December 2020) will continue to be made available.   The Act applies only to certain ships entered in the Club but, for those that are eligible, a premium of US cents 0.25 per GT will be deemed attributable to these risks and will be included within the overall premium.  A separate, more detailed notice has been given to eligible Members.

Extended and Ancillary Insurance Covers

The Club’s website, www.nepia.com, contains details of the extended and ancillary covers available to Members for the 2019 Policy Year.  The reinsurance programme underlying many of the Club’s ancillary covers is structured to provide flexibility and diversity to cater particularly for Members’ non-Poolable insurance requirements.

Summary of Cover

In addition to the Certificates of Entry for the 2019 Policy Year, ships which are entered by Owners will receive a Summary of Cover.  This document is intended to be kept onboard ships and shown to port state authorities as evidence of the existence of P&I cover in relation to wreck removal and oil pollution.  However, it should be noted that this document does not constitute any part of the Contract of Insurance and should not be construed as evidence of any undertaking, financial or otherwise, on the part of the Club to any other party.  Presentation by the Member of this Summary of Cover as evidence of insurance under any applicable law relating to financial responsibility or otherwise, is not to be taken as any indication that the Club consents to act as guarantor or to be sued directly in any jurisdiction.  The Club does not so consent.

Completed Renewal Documentation

All renewal documentation including Certificates of Entry and Debit Notes, will be forwarded in electronic format only.

Laid up Returns

Members are reminded of the Club’s requirements in respect of any entitlement to laid up returns (pursuant to Rule 15) and, in particular, that ships should be laid up in a safe port approved by the Managers.  In addition, the Managers must be advised in advance of any ship preparing to leave a period of lay-up as the ship may be required to undergo survey in accordance with the Club’s survey requirements.  The Club issued a loss prevention briefing in respect of vessel lay-up in February 2016.

Premiums and Releases

As advised in the Circular Ref: 2018/034, issued in November 2018, the Club remains in a strong financial position with an “A” Stable rating from Standard & Poor’s.  The Release Calls assessed in November 2018 will remain unchanged and unbudgeted premiums are not anticipated in respect of any open Policy Years.

Outstanding Premiums

Final confirmation of renewal will be subject to there being no sums due or owed to the Club.  Renewal documentation will not be made available to Members until any outstanding sums are paid or appropriately secured.

The Club’s underwriting department will be happy to deal with any questions arising on any of the above matters.

PAUL JENNINGS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The North of England P&I Association Limited / North of England P&I DAC