Marine Claims Edinburgh Agenda 2020

Tuesday 8th September 2020 – Marine Claims Edinburgh Agenda


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Opening Keynote Address: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward – Marine Insurance 2020

Presenter: Jenna Hales, Marine & Energy Claims Manager, Hiscox



Panel Discussion: How Might Covid-19 Affect our Approach to Handling Claims?

Moderator: Malcolm Hartwell, Director and Master Mariner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Speakers: David Cox, Chief Executive Officer, MatthewsDaniel

Jeremy Maynard, Vice President – Global Marine, Marsh JLT Specialty

Melis Otmar, Claims Director, BMS Group


Networking Session
During this time, a managed peer-to-peer networking session will take place.



Panel Discussion: Over-Valuation: Pros, Cons and Potential Pitfalls from the Perspective of the Hull Underwriter, the Broker and the Lawyer

Substantial over-valuation is a commonly recurring feature of significant claims hitting the hull and war markets since the global financial crisis. The panel will review and discuss the commercial drivers, as well as the commercial and legal implications of significant over-valuation. This will include discussion as to why owners might require insurance cover significantly in excess of the vessel’s value, when and why will underwriters agree to it and what legal issues can be thrown up by over-valuation.

Moderator: Harold Watson, Partner, Chaffe McCall

Speakers: Peter Mellett, Chief Executive Officer, Bankserve Insurance Services

Charles Fernandez, Head of Marine Liability and Hull, Canopius

Joe O’Keefe, Partner, Stephenson Harwood



Keynote Address: Container Shipping

The mad scramble for economies of scale by container shipping lines during a low-trade growth period that followed the global financial crisis of 2008/2009 led to massive overcapacity and heavy industry losses for much of the past decade. Hanjin Shipping collapsed under a ton of debt and a wave of consolidation swept over container shipping, cutting the number of global carriers from 20 to fewer than 10 in just a few years. Now, container shipping is facing another demand-crushing global crisis – Covid-19. But this time it is different. Even with a volume decline of more than 20 percent on the major east-west trades, carriers may in fact be having what one analyst called “a good pandemic.” Greg Knowler, Europe Editor for the Journal of Commerce, will show how carriers have not only prevented a rate slide in the face of weak volume, but have kept rates at unexpectedly high levels on the Asia-Europe, trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic trades.

Presenter: Greg Knowler, Senior Journalist Maritime and Trade, IHS Markit


‘Drinks’ and Networking – End of Day One


Wednesday 9th September 2020


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Panel Discussion: Dispute Avoidance
What could and should customers, brokers and carriers do when the original risk is written to make sure that coverage is as clear as possible and future disputes avoided when the claims inevitably arise?

Moderator: Jonathan Evans, Partner, Kennedys

Speakers: Michiel Starmans, Legal Director, Spliethoff Group

Chris Beesley, Executive Chairman, C Solutions Limited

Nigel Cooper, Queens Counsel, Quadrant Chambers



Discussion: Salvage During Restrictions (12-24 Month Review)

This panel will discuss logistics difficulties for salvors, ship and cargo interests during a salvage operation as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, examples of some casualties during peak Covid-19, as well as issues experienced by the Stellar Banner, the Kaami and River Parana groundings. We’ll also look at financial hardship and cash flow issues for salvors and consideration in terms of choice of contractor for owners and insurers alike.

Moderator: Patrick Hudson, Practice Leader, Marine, Envista Forensics

Speakers: Wilco Alberda, Commercial and Claims Manager, Smit Salvage

Daniel Dettor, General Manager (Europe), RESOLVE Marine Group

Capt. Saumitr Sen, Associate Director, Hull Claims Management Service, WK Webster

Alistair Johnston, Partner, Campbell Johnston Clark


Networking Session
During this time, a managed peer-to-peer networking session will take place.



Discussion: How Might Geopolitics Affect Claims?

This session will examine the implications of increased civil unrest, the political climate and worsening international tensions on claims under marine and war risk policies. We’ll also look at the claims handler’s perspective on these issues together with an overview of the most relevant perils and exclusions and some recent court decisions.

Speakers: Paul Cunningham, Marine and Energy Claims Manager, Talbot

Patrick Foss, Partner, Kennedys


Discussion: Training in a Virtual Environment

Continuous Professional Development remains critical to the sector. Steve Harris, a globally well-known and experienced marine insurance trainer will discuss with Annie Stow, Professional Development Director for claims handlers and advocate of the growth mindset, how they have adapted to provide and facilitate successful online technical training for their colleagues during lockdown.

Speakers: Stephen Harris, Senior Vice President, Marsh JLT Specialty

Annie Stow, Professional Development Director, Standard Club


‘Drinks’ and Networking – End of Day Two


Thursday 10th September 2020 


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Presentation: Aggregation: What are the Scenarios with High-Value Vessels Laying Up in One Location?

This presentation will discuss the main technical and practical necessities for deep

Layup and reactivation of LNG vessels, as well as some of the hidden pitfalls when reactivation takes place.

Presenter: John Gibson, Director of Asia, Marine Engineer, Brookes Bell



Zoom Chat: Is the Marine Insurance Sector Adequately Equipped to Deal with Claims and Writing New Business When Restrictions are in Place?


Matthew Wells, Senior Underwriter – Marine Hull and Yachts, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS)

Andrew Mackenzie, Marine Claims Adjuster, Atrium Underwriters


Presentations: Offloading Oil: Do Damages to Ships During STS Transfer Operations Constitute ‘Collision’ Claims?

This presentation will discuss a number of issues that arise when dealing with a collision and common mistakes and pitfalls to avoid from a claims handling perspective. The presentation also focuses on collisions in an STS context.

Presenter: Sora Jeon, Partner, Tatham Macinnes


Networking Session
During this time, a managed peer-to-peer networking session will take place.


Presentations: Liabilities Arising from Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in significant claims volumes for the insurance industry but has not yet caused significant claims volumes or exposures in the marine insurance world (with a few notable exceptions). The presenters will recap on where we are with Covid-19 claims in the marine insurance book and ask whether developing liability exposures may change the current claims environment.

Presenters: Simon Jackson, Partner, Clyde & Co

Ivan Rodriguez, Partner, Phelps Dunbar LLP


Panel Discussion: The Future of Claims

Are there enough skilled and experienced claims people in the marine market to keep up with the fast-evolving nature of claims? Could AI be detrimental to the claims industry?  

Moderator: Richard Banks, Director Industry Research EMEA, AM Best

Speakers: Amy Dallaway, Senior Marine Claims Adjuster, MS Amlin

Deji Sasegbon, Solicitor, Campbell Johnston Clark

Kingsly Kwalar Kongnyuh, Chief Executive Officer, Optimiz

Francesco Zolezzi, Claims Manager, Cambiaso Risso Group


Closing Remarks

Speaker: Daniel Creasey, Managing Director, Cannon Publishing


Drinks’ and Networking – End of Event



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