Maritime insurer The Swedish Club opened its doors to senior shipowners and brokers from across Asia in November, welcoming them to the Club’s latest Marine Insurance Seminar, specifically designed for the Asian markets.

The event was held in China, at the Zhuhai Marriott Hotel. Run over two days, almost 100 delegates representing China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Vietnam participated in the wide ranging programme.

Managing Director and Area Manager in Asia, Ruizong Wang, was delighted with the enthusiasm of the participants: “The Swedish Club works very hard to build strong, mutually beneficial business relationships with members of our local shipping and insurance communities,” he said. “We are one of the few insurers who provides such training to Members in Asia. Feedback from seminar attendees was very positive and we were pleased to learn that the initiative has proved of great value to them. “

The Swedish Club runs a programme of Marine Insurance Seminars in key maritime insurance centres around the world, with the aim of providing delegates with a broad overview of the insurance market, focusing on areas of particular interest, or historical complexity. The Asia seminars are run every three years and topics covered last week included P&I, FD&D, H&M and the Club’s loss prevention initiatives including a discussion on the importance of the right attitude in the work place.

Guest speakers Peter Murphy from Holman Fenwick Willan; Dave Wisse from SMIT Salvage (Asia); and Matthew Cao from Richards Hogg Lindley HK were joined by experts from the Club in delivering the programme.

The Swedish Club was founded in 1872 and is today a leading and diversified mutual marine insurance company, owned and controlled by its members. The Club writes Protection & Indemnity, Freight, Demurrage & Defence, Hull & Machinery, Hull Interests, Loss of Hire, War Risks, and any additional insurances required by shipowners or charterers. It also writes Hull & Machinery, War risks and Loss of Hire for Mobile Offshore Units and FPSOs. Its head office is located in Gothenburg, Sweden, with branch offices in Piraeus, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Oslo and London.

By Jake Frith