Union Marine & Commercial Underwriters


Union Marine provides a diverse array of financial, insurance and legal services to the maritime community. Union Marine affords a flexible approach and wide-ranging services. We offer industry-specific expertise in financial and legal services, in conjuction with our primary role of providing third-party liability cover on a mutual, non-profit basis.

We handle a wide variety of claims for losses such as crew and passenger injuries, cargo damages, collisions and other maritime mishaps, and major oil spills and other environmental claims.

In addition to financial and legal services, the Association provides Protection and Indemnity (P&I) and Freight Demurrage and Defence (FD&D) insurance to its member-owners and -operators and currently insures a worldwide fleet of several million gross tons. Our members are based throughout the world, with a particularly strong presence in petroleum-producing regions, in the Eastern Mediterranean, and in the Far East. We provide advice and support for all aspects of maritime transportation, and we recently introduced a specialist Counter-terrorism unit to the Security division of our Maritime & Technical Support Team.

Union Marine maintains a tradition of strong financial reserves and sound portfolios that afford our members with the highest-quality professional services and support provided at reasonable cost. We have a consistent history of stable calls that are secured against excessive risk through reinsurance through some of the world's leading companies.

Our Underwriting Department will be pleased to provide additional information on becoming a member of the Association.

Member Services

Our primary offices are situated in the Mayfair District of London. Comfortable private offices and conference rooms are reserved for our Members use during visits to London (upon request and subject to availability) and we frequently host arbitrations, industry conferences, syndication meetings, and closings. We are also able to provide assistance with our Members' longer-term business requirements here in the UK and in major port cities around the globe. For full information about these services, please contact the Shipowner Support Department.

As with all of our services, the absolute privacy and security of our Members is a top priority. Our Security division will liaise with members to assist with all safety and security concerns and can provide expert advice and assistance on all phases of maritime security operations.

Draft Code of Practice on Port Security The revised draft ILO/IMO Code of Practice on security in ports, which complements the provisions of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code with respect to security of the wider port area, is expected to be approved by the Governing Body of the ILO at its 289th session and the Committee at its seventy-eighth session. The revised draft ILO/IMO Code of practice on security in ports is currently available in English, French and Spanish.

2010 Membership Guide and Association Handbook The latest edition of the Membership Guide and Association Handbook was published in January, 2010 and distributed by courier to all Members. The first Interim update is scheduled to be published on May 1, 2010 and the second interim update will be despatched in September, 2010. Members should contact their designated Agents in case of non-receipt, to order additional copies, or to change mailing addresses, or alternatively send an e-mail to our Member Support Team.

US Advance Electronic Transmission of Cargo Information On December 5, 2003, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published the final Trade Act regulations in the Federal Register. The rules require advance transmission of electronic cargo information to CBP, and provides for various effective dates depending upon the mode of transportation. US Customs Site.

US Container Security Initiative Every year some 200 million sea cargo containers move among the world's top seaports. In the U.S., nearly 50 percent of the value of all imports arrive via sea container. In January of 2002, U.S. Customs launched the Container Security Initiative (CSI) to help prevent global containerized cargo from being exploited by terrorists. Now within the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continues to implement CSI at major ports around the world. US Customs site.

Latest Circulars

For a complete list of current and archived circulars, please go to the Member Support section.

New ISPS Clause for Voyage Charter Parties In addition to the recently published ISPS Clause for Time Charter Parties, Members are recommended to use the new ISPS clause for inclusion in future voyage charter party agreements. ISPS Clause for Voyage Charter Parties.

Union Marine is ChangingUnion Marine/MarineMutual will close its final books as a mutual association on February 20, 2011. Union Marine will continue to manage and administer P&I, FD&D and other non-hull marine cover on a fixed-premium basis incorporated under the auspices of our UK partner C&M Group and our new parent Allianz. Full details have been sent out to all members. Therefore please note that this website may not reflect current trading conditions.

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