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Watch: The dangers of sailing in the Arctic

In this video the Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty examines the risk impact of commercial shipping activity in Arctic waters. Namely, Captain Rahul Khanna says that the dangers that are risen while sailing in the Arctic can be a reason for companies not to choose this route. Captain Khanna explained that on the major risks with sailing in the Arctic is what happens in case of an incident. If a ship experiences problems in this area, rescue operations would be very difficult to take place.

Watch: What are the top business risks for 2019

Allianz issued its Risk Barometer 2019 listing the top business risks for this year. For the 2019 edition, Allianz surveyed more than 2,415 risk experts from 86 countries about the perils that worry them most. The survey identified cyber, neck-and-neck with business interruption, at the top of the Allianz Risk Barometer for the first time.

Hurricanes posing future challenges for yacht market

Harvey and Irma, two of the three powerful hurricanes which hit the Caribbean and southern US in 2017 along with Maria, resulted in damage of approximately 63,000 boats in the US alone, at a cost of an estimated $655 million, providing a clear reminder that traditional maritime risks should not be overlooked.

Timeline of key ship loss incidents through 2017

In its recently-published Shipping and Safety Review, Allianz cites a top-10 list of the largest ships lost throughout 2017, noting that half of the cases involved bulk carriers. The highlights of the year were the sinking of the two bulk carriers, ‘Stellar Daisy’ and ‘Emerald Star’, which caused death of a total of 33 seafarers.

Allianz: Fast-changing Arctic conditions bring new route risks for ships

In its latest Shipping Review, Allianz noted that climate change is impacting ice hazards for shipping, opening new trade routes in some areas, while increasing the risk of ice in others. Arctic ice has been thinning over the past 40 years, bringing new opportunities for shipping, but also environmental concerns.

Allianz: Key figures from shipping losses 2008-2017

In its annual Safety and Shipping Review, Allianz provided a statistics review of shipping incidents by vessel type, by cause and by region, for the last decade. Cargo ships accounted for almost half of incidents, while the main cause has been foundering accounting for over half of all total losses during this period.

Autonomous vessels advance but challenges are emerging

Technology disruption is becoming a reality and autonomous vessels are getting more and more attention. Around the world, significant milestones continue to be reached. However, legal, safety and cyber security issues are likely to limit the growth of autonomous vessels for the foreseeable future.

Sensors provide solutions in navigation, cargo and supply chain safety

Shipping industry is increasingly using sensor technology to conduct performance monitoring and maintenance operations. This technology can be proven very useful, as the data generated by such devices could provide better solutions to mitigate risk. Sensors can also be combined with other developments, like blockchain.

Drones can contribute to safer and more efficient shipping

The use of drones in the shipping industry is about to take-off. They are used more and more by class societies and marine surveyors and they can provide faster and more informed decision-making on board, reducing the impact of any incident. What is most important however, is the fact that drones can help protect lives.

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