50 Iranian vessels obtain P&I insurance

A large portion of Iran’s shipping fleet has regained Protection & Indemnity (P&I) insurance from Steamship Mutual.

Jonathan Andrews, Director & Head of Eastern Underwriting in Steamship Mutual, said a considerable number of Iranian vessels have taken out insurance form our company and “we are pleased to observe return of Iranian directors to the board of one of the largest and most diverse P&I Clubs in the world.”

Prior to imposition of sanctions against Iran in 2009, Steamship Mutual, as a leading provider of Protection & Indemnity (P&I) insurance, was the main and most favorable insurer of Iran’s shipping fleet.

IRISL has purchased insurance from Steamship Mutual for container ships and multi-purpose vessels though vessels active in the field of international trade will receive top priority.

Earlier in August, during a visit to Tehran of a Norwegian delegation, a Memorandum of Understanding was inked between Iranian Shipping Lines (IRISL) and the Skuld Marine SKULD P&I Club for shipping insurance cooperation.

By virtue of this MoU, different cooperation grounds between the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and the Norwegian SKULD P&I Club including providing different types of maritime insurances, considering and pursuing complaints regarding maritime insurances coverage, training personnel and promoting the knowledge and competency of the Iranian experts were discussed and the respective mutually agreed issues were signed by both parties.

IRISL was the first Iranian shipping line to be affected by Western and European sanctions. Presently, IRISL and the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) have resume cooperation with Steamship Mutual international club in a bid to revive previous relations.

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