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Singapore’s first War Risks Mutual launched

Singapore: The Standard Club Asia Ltd (Standard Asia) has today announced the launch of its new Singapore War Risks Mutual (SWRM) Class. This is the first Singapore-based national mutual war risks insurance and is fully supported by the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA).

Patrick Phoon, president of the SSA, said, “The idea was first mooted by the SSA with the aim of strengthening Singapore’s offerings in the marine insurance sector to boost our status as an international maritime centre. Having invested a lot of time and effort on this project, I am pleased to see its fruition – Singapore now joins the ranks of other leading maritime nations to have its own dedicated war risk facility. Our shipowners will get to benefit from flexible coverage and more control over their war risks insurance cover at competitive rates.”

The Singapore War Risks Mutual will operate as a class of Standard Asia, with its own class committee and will act with a high degree of autonomy.

David Roberts, managing director Charles Taylor Mutual Management (Asia) Pte Ltd, the managers of Standard Asia, added, “Shipowners will receive real time advice, service and claims handling. Shipowners will be able to benefit from the success of The Singapore War Risks Mutual. The cover offered by the class will include P&I war up to $550m, hull war up to the insured value of the ship, detention and diversion expenses, sue and labour, discretionary cover and optional additional insurance such as loss of hire.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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