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Marine Insurance Market Size - By Coverage (Transport/Cargo, Hull, Offshore/Energy, Marine Liability), By Policy (Floating Policy, Voyage Policy, Time Policy, Fleet Policy, Blanket Policy), By End User, By Distribution Channel & Forecast, 2024 - 2032

  • Report ID: GMI10164
  • Published Date: Jul 2024
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Marine Insurance Market Size

Marine Insurance Market was valued at USD 30.2 billion in 2023 and is estimated to register a CAGR of over 4% between 2024 and 2032. The growth in international trade and the adoption of sea transportation as a major carrier for goods drives the demand for marine insurance. It mitigates risks by providing financial protection against events such as physical damage, losses, and delays.

Marine Insurance Market

Furthermore, the rise in frequency and severity of natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods, has increased the risk exposure of marine vessels and cargo, driving demand for more robust insurance solutions. More frequent and intense natural disasters lead to a higher number of claims being filed with marine insurance companies. These claims can cover damage to ships, cargo loss due to sinking or harsh weather, and disruptions in shipping schedules. As insurers pay out on these claims, it fuels the growth of the market.

Fraudulent claims such as cargo misrepresentation, staged losses, fake documentation and the difficulties in assessing and verifying legitimate claims pose significant challenges to insurers. In addition, investigating marine insurance claims can be complex and time-consuming, especially for internationally traded goods. It often requires cooperation between law enforcement agencies in different countries. Fluctuations in the shipping and freight markets due to geopolitical tensions, economic downturns, or trade disruptions can affect the volume of goods transported and, consequently, the demand for marine insurance.

Further, in case of the entire shipping market experiencing a downturn, there is a higher chance of a larger number of claims being filed simultaneously. This can strain the financial resources of insurance companies, especially if they have not adequately diversified their risk pool, thus hampering the market growth.

Marine Insurance Market Trends

Innovations such as IoT, big data analytics, and more are improving risk management and operational efficiencies in marine insurance. By analyzing vast datasets encompassing weather patterns, historical claims, vessel maintenance records, and real-time sensor data, insurers can gain a deeper understanding of risks associated with specific voyages and cargo types. Sensors placed on ships can collect real-time data on factors such as weather conditions, cargo temperature, and vessel location. This data provides insurers with a clearer picture of potential risks and helps identify areas where initiative-taking measures can be taken to prevent losses.

Moreover, blockchain technology can streamline the claims process by creating a secure and transparent record of all transactions related to a shipment. This reduces paperwork, minimizes the risk of fraud, and allows for faster claim settlements.

Marine Insurance Market Analysis

Global Marine Insurance Market Size, By Coverage, 2022 – 2032, (USD Billion)

Based on coverage, the transport/cargo insurance accounted for a market share of over 55% in 2023. Transport/cargo insurance protects against physical loss or damage to cargo during transit, including perils such as theft, fire, collision, and natural disasters. The growth in global trade volume necessitates robust insurance solutions to manage the risks associated with cargo transportation.

Additionally, stringent regulations around the safety and security of transported goods drive the adoption of comprehensive insurance coverage?. In April 2024, the Indian government introduced a subsidy program to promote marine cargo insurance among exporters. This initiative aims to mitigate export risks and encourage international trade by reducing the cost of insurance for small and medium enterprises. This makes it more affordable for them to obtain coverage, mitigating financial risks associated with exporting goods. By lowering insurance costs, the subsidy program can make Indian exports more competitive in the global market.

Global Marine Insurance Market Share, By Distribution Channel, 2023

Based on distribution channel, the direct sale segment is expected to reach around USD 18.5 billion by 2032. The direct sales channel for marine insurance is driven by the increasing preference for direct interaction with insurers and the digital transformation in the insurance sector. In direct sales, insurers employ specialized sales teams to reach out directly to potential customers, often targeting large shipping companies and logistics firms. The adoption of digital platforms enables insurers to offer direct sales through online portals, apps, and websites, improving customer access and convenience. Direct sales channels reduce intermediary costs, making insurance products more affordable for customers.

Asia Pacific Marine Insurance Market Size, 2022 -2032, (USD Billion)  In 2023,

Asia Pacific region dominated 28% share of the marine insurance market in 2023. The rapid increase in economies such as China, India, and Southeast Asia is driving a significant increase in regional trade, leading to a higher demand for marine insurance. The growing manufacturing sector translates to more goods requiring transportation and protection by marine insurance. Governments in several countries in the region are actively promoting the development of their maritime industries, thus boosting the need for marine insurance.

In June 2024, the Asian Development Bank reported a 7% increase in maritime trade within the region, with China and Southeast Asia leading the growth. This surge highlights the alignment of these regions' growing economies and expanding manufacturing sectors, fueling the demand for marine insurance in the region.  The 7% increase signifies significant growth in the volume of goods being transported by sea, translating to a higher demand for insurance coverage.

In North America, the U.S. and Canada, the marine insurance market is characterized by technological innovation, stringent regulatory standards, and a robust shipping industry. Insurers in the region are at the forefront of adopting new technologies to improve risk assessment and streamline operations. In April 2024, the Port of Los Angeles implemented a blockchain-based system to enhance the transparency and efficiency of marine insurance claims processing. It leads to the development of innovative insurance products tailored to the specific needs of the maritime sector. This allows for more proactive risk management strategies and potentially lower premiums for low-risk shipments.

Marine Insurance Market Share

Allianz SE, AXA XL, and Lloyd’s of London dominate the market with around 13% market share. Allianz SE has a presence in multiple financial service sectors. It offers a wide range of products and services. Its global presence allows them to cater to a diverse clientele in numerous countries. Allianz SE partnered with Rokstone, a marine insurance specialist, to solidify its position in the growing market for marine insurance. This highlights their focus on staying ahead of the curve and adapting to evolving market needs.

Lloyd's functions as a central hub where brokers connect with specialized underwriting syndicates to secure insurance coverage. It has a long and distinguished history, particularly in marine insurance. The company brings together a multitude of underwriting syndicates, each with its own area of focus and risk tolerance. This allows for a high degree of specialization and the ability to tailor coverage to meet the specific needs of a client's unique marine insurance requirements.

Marine Insurance Market Companies

Major players operating in the marine insurance industry are:

  • Allianz SE
  • American International Group, Inc. (AIG)
  • AXA XL
  • Chubb Limited
  • Lloyd's of London
  • Munich Re
  • Swiss Re
  • The Travelers Companies, Inc.
  • Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.
  • Zurich Insurance Group

Marine Insurance Market News

  • In May 2024, The People's Insurance Company of China (PICC) announced an 8% growth in its marine insurance portfolio, attributed to increased exports and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects. This initiative significantly boosts maritime trade along the routes connecting China to other countries in Asia, Europe, and Africa, creating a surge in demand for marine insurance.
  • In May 2024, Allianz Commercial and Rokstone, an international re/insurance MGA, announced a collaboration to establish a USD 10 million facility for underwriting marine cargo business globally. This partnership aims to strengthen their presence and capabilities in the marine insurance sector?. It offers clients a wider range of services and a more streamlined insurance experience.

This marine insurance market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Billion) from 2021 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Coverage

  • Transport/cargo
  • Hull
  • Offshore/energy
  • Marine liability

Market, By Distribution Channel

  • Direct sale
    • Transport/cargo
    • Hull
    • Offshore/energy
    • Marine liability
  • Wholesale
    • Transport/cargo
    • Hull
    • Offshore/energy
    • Marine liability

Market, By Policy

  • Floating policy
  • Voyage policy
  • Time policy
  • Fleet policy
  • Blanket policy
  • Others

Market, By End User

  • Shipping companies
  • Ports and terminals
  • Cargo owners
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • ANZ
    • Southeast Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Rest of Latin America
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani, Aishwarya Ambekar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of marine insurance was reached USD 30.2 billion in 2023 and is estimated to register over 4% CAGR between 2024 and 2032, owing to the rapid growth in international trade.

The transport/cargo insurance segment in the marine insurance market accounted for over 55% share in 2023 due to stringent regulations around the safety and security of transported goods.

Asia Pacific marine insurance market accounted for 28% share in 2023 as growing manufacturing sector translates to more goods requiring transportation and protection.

Allianz SE, American International Group, Inc. (AIG), AXA XL, Chubb Limited, Lloyd's of London, Munich Re, Swiss Re, The Travelers Companies, Inc., Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc., and Zurich Insurance Group

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  • Base Year: 2023
  • Companies covered: 20
  • Tables & Figures: 350
  • Countries covered: 21
  • Pages: 240
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