China COSCO Shipping launches captive insurer

After terminating its account with a major marine insurer, top shipping firm opts to create its own

China COSCO Shipping launches captive insurer

Insurance News

By Gabriel Olano

Image by: Juergen Lehle, Wikimedia commons

China COSCO Shipping Corporation has created a fully owned insurance unit, China COSCO Shipping Captive Insurance Company, which was unveiled on Friday in Shanghai.
The move comes after the shipping firm formally ended its relationship with its pervious insurer, London P&I in the past weeks. COSCO obtained permission from the China Insurance Regulatory Commission to form an insurer on its own in December last year.

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The newly created unit is the first captive shipping insurer in China, and it will provide a range of insurance services to China COSCO and its different affiliates.
According to Wan Min, general manager of China COSCO, having a captive insurance firm is a major milestone for the company, and that it is part of its strategy to expand into financial services, as well as provide a new income stream for the group.
China COSCO’s fleet has 1,114 vessels with a capacity of 85.3 million dwt, making it one of the largest shipping companies in the world.

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