The Standard Club Asia yesterday (8 November) entered into a cooperation agreement with Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company of China, a subsidiary of the Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd (“Ping An”).
Under the terms of the agreement, Standard Asia and Ping An P&C will jointly offer P&I cover to China’s rapidly-growing shipowning sector, with a focus on blue water tonnage.
For Ping An P&C, the agreement will allow the company to expand its existing P&I business to cover the growing number of Chinese shipowners with ocean-going shipping operations.
Ting Xu, executive vice president of Ping An P&C, said: “We are pleased to sign this co-operation agreement with Standard Asia. We know Standard Club as a leading member of the International Group of P&I clubs, and its Asian subsidiary, Standard Asia, has had a remarkable track record of service and commitment in Asia over the past two decades.
“Standard Asia has significant ambitions to extend its services in China and we also know that the Club, via its management company Charles Taylor, has access to an excellent international network of offices and associates in every part of the globe. We look forward to working with Standard Asia.”
For Standard Asia and its management team from Charles Taylor, the agreement represents a significant milestone in its growth ambitions in China, the world’s second-largest shipowning country.
Jeremy Grose, chairman of Charles Taylor Mutual Management (Asia) Pte Ltd, said: “We are honoured to be working with Ping An, which is today one of the world’s leading insurers. Ping An is known for its innovation, technical expertise and specialist underwriting ability. Together with our international expertise, the agreement creates synergies that will strengthen the P&I offering of both Ping An and Standard Asia.
“Standard Asia is a fully-fledged Asian P&I insurer based in the region for more than 20 years with its own Asian shipowner board of directors providing oversight. This move signals our next phase of growth in China, a market we see as being a key pillar supporting the long-term growth of the Standard Group.
“This strategic agreement follows similar successful collaborations the Club has with Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co Ltd and the Korea P&I Club. Standard Asia has over 40 staff spanning its Singapore and Hong Kong offices which, in conjunction with the insurance expertise of our partners at Ping An, will allow us to offer a truly localised service to Chinese shipowners. Additional support is provided by Charles Taylor’s network of offices in key global and regional hubs including Shanghai, Tokyo, Jakarta and Perth.”
Standard Club Asia is managed by Charles Taylor Mutual Management (Asia).