InsurTech Offers Hurricane Aggregation Solution

Marine and cargo underwriters are to be offered a new system which will aid their ability to manage exposures in the face of hurricanes.

With the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warning 2020 will see “above-normal” hurricane activity, Skytek, in collaboration with broker Aon, has created a new hurricane tracking system, enabling marine re/insurance companies to evaluate and aggregate at  risk cargo, hull and offshore assets in relation to the ‘cone’ of a storm.

The tool provides near real-time access to insured assets such as the global vessel fleet, exploration & production units, storage facilities, and transmission systems operating in hurricane-affected waters. The creators say the tool has sufficient flexibility to evaluate account assets within any cone of uncertainty, howsoever drawn.

“According to NOAA, with a worse than usual hurricane season on the horizon it is essential that insurance and re-insurance companies can keep a close watch on both prevailing conditions and insured assets,” said Skytek chief executive Dr. Sarah Bourke.

In consultation with Aon and the European Space Agency (ESA), Skytek the application uses real-time satellite tracking to allow re/insurers to visualise the precise location and aggregate value of exposed risks when at sea. 

Christian Silies, head of Marine & Energy Composite, Reinsurance Solutions at Aon, added: “As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, vessel accumulation in catastrophe-exposed regions is a key concern for marine insurers. Skytek’s technology equips re/insurers with valuable insights, paving the way for data-driven decision making and more efficient risk-transfer. Our InsurTech collaboration demonstrates Aon’s commitment to helping clients leverage emerging technologies to meet their strategic objectives and enhance risk management.”

The NOAA outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, but only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

“As the global economy moves to recover from the COVID-19 shutdowns, shipping, which proved crucial during the crisis, will claim an even more important role as businesses and governments seek to restart or strengthen their supply chains,” added Aon. “A bad hurricane season could further threaten already fragile supply chains of essential goods shipments, as well as drive insurance claims.”