Bermuda-based energy carrier Oil Insurance Ltd (OIL) told its shareholders last week that, from the beginning of next year, it will stop offering Offshore Gulf of Mexico Designated Named Windstorm (DNW) coverage. It will continue to offer windstorm coverage for onshore areas in the Gulf of Mexico, and in all other onshore and offshore areas of the Atlantic Basin and the world.
President & CEO Bertil Olsson said that “for the past few years, membership participation in the Offshore DNW pool has appreciably declined as a result of decreased demand for this product. Increasingly, many companies have come to the conclusion that retaining this risk on their balance sheet or selectively insuring individual assets in the commercial market is a better alternative to insuring their entire portfolio of Offshore Gulf of Mexico named windstorm exposed assets with OIL. As a result, OIL has determined that this geographic risk class no longer fits well within a mutual framework.”
Senior Vice President & COO George F. Hutchings said that “OIL considered several product alternatives to the existing Offshore GOM windstorm product and conducted a membership survey to seek the memberships’ input. Two thirds of the membership didn’t believe that Offshore GOM windstorm risk should be offered by OIL and a significant portion of the membership didn’t believe that this risk should be mutualized across all members as one of the options to maintain this coverage. In light of the fact that alternatives had either limited value in the context of the mutual or were expensive, the survey feedback did not favour continued underwriting of this risk and membership demand for the product is low, the decision was taken to discontinue the Offshore GOM DNW coverage.”