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Topic: Tesla’s insurance threat

Author: David Worsfold
Contact: [email protected]
Deadline for interviews: 28 June

Background: A recent report by Moodys’ found Tesla’s insurance business, which offers auto cover by using real-time driving data to assess accident risk, demonstrates the potential for technology firms to undercut traditional insurers. It found Tesla currently poses little direct threat to incumbent insurers as it predominantly covers its own vehicles, but suggested the threat will grow over time as Tesla gains market share, and will accelerate if other car makers also enter the insurance market.

Questions:

  • Will Tesla’s emergence as an insurer push the insurance industry to enhance its own data-led underwriting?
  • How will incumbents need to adapt their business models if they are forced to compete directly with carmakers?
  • Even if smart carmakers refrain from entering the insurance market at scale, will their control over driving data and access to customers mean insurers will have to seek partnerships and surrender margins?
  • Many car manufacturers already own captives offering car finance and warranties, is a move into insurance as a natural next step
  • Will this create a new insurance ecosystem

Topic: Will flood become an uninsurable risk in the UK ?

Author: Edmund Tirbutt
Contact: [email protected]
Deadline for interviews: 6 July

Background: In its most recent stress test on how the finance sector will cope with the transition to Net-Zero emission economy the Bank of England has warned that if no action is taken on climate change in the UK then insurance on some properties could be unaffordable once the Flood Re scheme ends.

It said: “In the NAA (no additional action) scenario … insurers would substantially increase the premiums they charge to insure against such risks making insurance coverage unaffordable for many of these households.

Australia is already seeing this threat become a reality but could it come to the UK too?

Questions:

  • How likely is any of this to come to fruition – aren’t governments already taking action?
  • What can be done to address this now it has been highlighted?
  • How will plans need to change?
  • How might this news shape future regulation in the UK?
  • How are insurers themselves measuring these risks – do they agree with the report?
  • What can be learnt from Australia?

Topic: Managing fires on container ships

Author: Pam Kokoszka
Contact: [email protected]
Deadline for interviews: 18 July

Background: While shipping losses have halved over the last 10 years, cargo fires are a priority concern. In the last five years there have been over 70 reported fires on container ships alone, according to AGCS. Just last year fires on car carrier Felicity Ace and container ship X-Press Pearl resulted in total losses. With this in mind, Post will to explore whether regulation, safety management systems and salvage capabilities are up keeping up with the increasingly complex cargo on board.

Questions:

  • What is the biggest causes of fire on container ships?
  • What kind of losses are likely from a fire on container ships?
  • Are vessels ready for the increase of EVs on board as governments are pushing to reach Net Zero by 2050?
  • What is being done to reduce the risk of fire on board?
  • What classification rules are in place? Is there a need for more unified approach to classification?
  • What action is being taken to ensure the cargo is declared properly and to ensure the right risk management is in place for that cargo?
  • Is the growing size of vessels making the rescue of the ships more difficult?
  • Is there more needed to be done in the event of an accident to ensure ship has a safe heaven and is not pushed out of ports which don’t want it in their “backyard”.
  • Is there enough regulation in place to ensure safe passage of cargo?

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