A rare six-month run without an International Group of P&I Clubs pool claims has come to an end, with three claims now reported.

The International Group’s 13 members share claims in excess of $10m.

The unusual period in the first half of the year without a pool claim has helped protection and indemnity clubs to report significantly improved underwriting results.

Until this year, their finances had been hit hard by three successive years of record pool claims around $500m after a small — but exceptionally expensive — number of major casualties such as the 203,000-dwt Wakashio (built 2007) and 7,700-ceu Golden Ray (built 2017).