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News on catastrophe and man-made losses that impact or could impact the reinsurance industry and reinsurers around the globe.

“Vast majority” of Midwest flood damage to go uninsured: A.M. Best

5th April 2019

According to A.M. Best, the “vast majority” of the damages to property from the ongoing flooding in Nebraska and other states along the Missouri River, which is expected to exceed $3 billion, will be uninsured. The Midwestern U.S has experienced major floods since mid-March 2019, partly caused by a blizzard early ... Read the full article

Pilots not at fault in Ethiopia Airlines crash, say investigators

4th April 2019

Investigators have reported that the pilots of the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on March 10 “repeatedly” followed the procedures recommended by Boeing and were not responsible for the crash. The Ethiopian government said data from the plane’s recorders showed “repetitive uncommanded aircraft nose-down conditions” and said Boeing should review its ... Read the full article

Boeing faces first lawsuit from Ethiopian Airlines crash

3rd April 2019

U.S aircraft manufacturer Boeing is facing its first liability lawsuit from the family of a victim of the March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash, which resulted in the death of all 157 passengers. The lawsuit was filed in Chicago federal court by the family of Jackson Musoni, a citizen of Rwanda, and ... Read the full article

Aon raises industry loss estimates to $11bn for Michael, $5.5bn for Florence

2nd April 2019

Re/insurance broker Aon has released the highest industry loss estimates yet for the two major hurricanes that hit the U.S last year, estimating total re/insured losses of $11 billion for Hurricane Michael and $5.5 billion for Hurricane Florence. The updated figures came as part of Aon’s March Event Recap Reports, which ... Read the full article

Boeing crash could be biggest non-war aviation reinsurance loss: Willis Re

1st April 2019

The recent Ethiopian Airlines crash and subsequent grounding of Boeing’s global fleet of 737 Max aircraft could potentially be the largest ever non-war claim incurred by the aviation reinsurance market, according to Willis Re. The broker said that losses from the incident could erode three to four years’ worth of reinsurers’ ... Read the full article

Norsk Hydro says cyber attack could cost $41mn, names AIG as lead insurer

26th March 2019

Aluminium manufacturer Norsk Hydro has said that it is anticipating a financial impact of between 300-350 Norwegian crowns (USD $35-41 million) for the first week following a cyber attack on March 19 that caused major disruption to its operations. The Norwegian firm also stated that it had a “solid cyber risk ... Read the full article

PCS looks into Norsk Hydro cyber attack losses

26th March 2019

Property Claims Services (PCS), a Verisk business, has begun investigating the loss potential of the recent cyber attack on aluminium manufacturing giant Norsk Hydro. Co-Head of PCS Tom Johansmeyer told our sister publication, Artemis, that the firm was watching the event to determine whether it qualifies for designation under PCS Global ... Read the full article

Boeing losses could become “major event” for re/insurers: Deutsche Bank

25th March 2019

Losses resulting from the recent Ethiopian Airlines crash and subsequent grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max 8 aircraft have the potential to spread throughout the industry and become a “major event” for re/insurers, according to analysts at Deutsche Bank. The firm stated that the complexity of the case means claims could come ... Read the full article

Chinese chemical plant explosion rocks northeastern city of Yancheng

22nd March 2019

A chemical plant explosion has rocked China’s northeastern city of Yancheng, demolishing several factory buildings and blowing out windows a number of kilometres away. It has been reported that Tianjiayi Chemical, the plan's owner, has been flagged up multiple times in the past year due to safety regulation failings. Local media reports ... Read the full article

Munich Re expects €120mn Boeing/Ethiopian Airlines loss

22nd March 2019

Munich Re is expecting to incur losses in the range of €100 million to €120 million as a result of the recent Ethiopian Airlines crash and subsequent grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft. Speaking at a press conference this week, Munich Re’s CEO of Reinsurance, Torsten Jeworrek, said that the firm ... Read the full article

ICA Townsville industry loss estimate exceeds AU$1bn

20th March 2019

The Insurance Council of Australia’s updated industry loss estimate for the flooding in Townsville, Queensland has hit AU$1.04 billion (US$737.4 million), an increase of AU$434 million from a month ago. ICA Chief Executive Officer Rob Whelan said insurers have so far received 25,778 claims, with around 90% of those consisting of ... Read the full article

Swiss Re confirmed as co-insurer for Boeing & Ethiopian Airlines

18th March 2019

Swiss Re has confirmed that it is one of the minor insurance providers for Boeing Co, as well as for Ethiopian Airlines, both of which face large claims following a fatal plane crash on March 10. Boeing was pressured into grounding its entire fleet of 737 Max 8 aircraft last ... Read the full article

PERILS estimates AU$957m insured property losses from Townsville floods

15th March 2019

Catastrophe loss data aggregator PERILS has pegged the initial property losses for the floods which hit the Queensland city of Townsville earlier this year at AU$957 million (US$678 million). The city of Townsville and the surrounding area in northeastern Queensland experienced torrential rain and flash flooding between January 26 and February ... Read the full article

Boeing suspends entire 737 fleet as more crash evidence emerges

14th March 2019

Boeing has temporarily suspended its entire global fleet of 737 Max aircraft after investigators uncovered new evidence from the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10. The U.S, which had previously held out while many other countries banned the aircraft, said that it had received “new information and physical evidence” that ... Read the full article

Boeing insurers face large claims as more countries ground planes

12th March 2019

Boeing Co’s insurers will potentially face large claims following the recent Ethiopian Airlines crash, which was the second to involve a 737 Max 8 model in five months, according to insurance and aviation sources at Reuters. The reports come as the UK becomes the latest country to ban the Boeing ... Read the full article

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