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The 52nd annual conference of the International Union of Marine Insurance held Sept. 13-17 in Paris attracted about 650 delegates from 48 national member associations.

Attendance was up substantially from about 520 who attended the conference last year in Oslo, Norway.

Georg Mehl, chief executive of Wuerttembergische Versicherungsgruppe of Stuttgart, Germany, was elected IUMI chairman for the next three years.

After his election, Mr. Mehl, a past chairman of DTV, the German federation of marine insurers, likened his new role to that of the captain of a ship now rocked by rough seas but with an "excellent crew and presently sailing on a good course."

Next year's conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from Sept. 12-17, 1998. Lisbon last hosted the IUMI conference in 1961.

Provisional programs and registration forms for the 1998 IUMI conference will be distributed by national marine insurance associations early next year.

For more information on next year's meeting, contact Jaime d'Almeida, chairman, Associacao Portuguese de Seguradores, Av. Jose Malhoa, Lote 1674-7, 1070 Lisboa, Portugal; 35-1-721/29/05; fax: 35-1-726/19/51.