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Registration and Coffee in the Pre-Function Area sponsored by Noria




Breakfast Briefing: From Deep Freeze to Hurricanes

Risks associated with climate change appear to be on the rise as weather events become more frequent, increasingly severe and less predictable. This session examines the weather impact on the marine insurance market, and how climate change might affect the landscape going forward. We also look at how technology and modeling may play a greater future role.

Moderator: Michael McKenna, Chief Underwriting Officer, Falvey Insurance Group

Panelists: Michael Venturella, Practice Leader – Marine Group, Envista Forensics

Sean Dalton, Executive Vice President, Head of Marine Underwriting, Munich Re

Peter Sousounis, Vice President/Director of Climate Change, Verisk EES


Welcome Address:


Presentation: Global Supply Chain – All Change?

Pictures of vessels trapped in ports hit the global headlines back in 2021, but the problem has yet to go away. This session provides an overview of the reasons behind the global supply chain stress and what role insurers can play, if any, in easing the tensions.

Presenter: Charlie McCammon, Senior Vice President – Risk Consulting, Willis Towers Watson


Presentation: Geopolitics – The World at Large

Geopolitics is blamed for much of the supply chain disruption, so what’s happening, and where? This session explores the stress points around the world and includes a look at the changing sanctions environment, with implications for insurers and their insureds alike.

Presenter: Jason Waguespack, Managing Director, Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith


Coffee and Networking in the Pre-Function Area 


Panel Discussion: Claims – An Inexorable Rise?

Claims costs have been skyrocketing in the past couple of years with multi-million-dollar awards and increased costs fueling claims inflation. We look at some of the recent runaway jury awards, but also at rising costs elsewhere, and ask whether insurers should be doing more to mitigate those losses.

Moderator: John Woods, Partner, Clyde & Co

Panelists: Tony Cowie, Senior Vice President, Swiss Re

Peter Cridland, Vice President, Trans Re

Molly McCafferty, Claims Director Americas, The American Club

Andrew Mackenzie, Marine Claims Adjuster, Atrium Underwriters


Panel Discussion: Carbon Credits are Underway in the Maritime Industry

Shipping’s contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions is increasingly being scrutinized and presents formidable challenges for the industry. Voluntary carbon markets permit an offsetting of emissions by placing a value on carbon through the use of carbon credits. This is attracting the interest of all maritime stakeholders, including insurers, and the panel will overview emerging developments and points of view.

Moderator: Ian Duthie, Director (Americas), North of England Insurance Services Inc.

Panelists: Arlie Sterling, President, Marsoft

Edward Horton, Partner, Seward & Kissell


Panel Discussion: The Reality Behind the Gloss – Making Insurtech Work

Insurtech has been with us for a while, but what is really happening? Are the promises translating into positive change, and how can marine insurers take advantage of any newly available data?

Moderator: Dennis Smith, Vice President Global Marine & Energy, Guy Carpenter

Panelists: Will Ripley, Divisional Director, GAWS

Andy Yeoman, CEO, Concirrus

Juan Carlos Martinez, Chief Executive Officer, Cargo Risk Corporation

Johnny McCord, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Loadsure

Ronnie Reppe, Chief Executive Officer, Noria Group


Presentation: Covid-19 and Crew – Will People Still Want to Go to Sea?

We all hope Covid-19 is behind us, but what did the marine insurance market learn from the pandemic, and what can it do better in the future? We also consider the impact on crews and include an update on emerging risks.

Presenter: Andrew Kinsey, Senior Account Engineer, Liberty Mutual


Lunch in the Pre-Function Area 





Presentation: U.S. Sanctions

Fireside Chat: Renewable Energy – A Breath of Fresh Air?

This presentation will discuss the practical effects of U.S sanctions on underwriters, insureds and others.

As demand for renewable energy soars, one of the key questions for the market is whether marine insurers can seize the new opportunities. Is there enough expertise in the market? Is there capacity available? In this session, we consider some of the important questions relating to this emerging market.

Presenter: Aurelio Fernandez-Concheso, Partner, Clyde & Co

Speakers: Jim Clark, Associate Director, MatthewsDaniel

Emmanuel Martin-Lauzer, Director of Business Development, Nexans High Voltage USA Inc


Presentation: Sailing the Seas of New Decisions – A Summary of U.S Maritime Law Developments

Panel Discussion: Alternative Fuels –

The Nuclear Option

World-wide lockdowns and pandemic related complications have disrupted business worldwide, but the maritime industry has continued to operate despite the challenges.  Similarly the US Courts and arbitration tribunals have continued to operate.  This Session gives a light-hearted summary of the latest US maritime law developments and decisions that marine insurers and professionals should know.

As vessel owners look at ways to reduce their carbon footprint, alternative fuels have risen to the fore, from batteries to nuclear. This session reviews the different options and outlines the risks that come with each of them. How can the insurance sector assist in the implementation of new fuels?

Presenter: George M Chalos, Principal and Founder, Chalos & Co – International Law Firm


Moderator: Kevin Humphreys, President, Lloyd’s Register Americas Marine & Offshore

Panelists: Chris Law, Vice President – National Marine Practice, Aon

Jarek Klimczak, Master Mariner Senior Risk Account Consultant Marine Americas, AXA XL

John Poulson, Chief Surveyor, Poulson Marine Consultants


Coffee Break in the Pre-Function Area 


Panel Discussion: Fire in the Hold!

Panel Discussion: Aging Fleets – How Old? Really!


Fires on board container ships continue to dog the sector, despite industry efforts. But is it not just fires that are concerning insurers; containers are falling overboard in increasing numbers as fully laden vessels take to winter seas. We analyze the latest cargo loss statistics, and ask if there is anything insurers can do to reduce their costs?

The pandemic has resulted in upheaval across all walks of life, including within shipyards. It has also caused a scramble for vessels following supply chain disruption. The end result appears to be that fleets are aging, posing new risks for insurers. We take a look at the figures and those emerging risks.

Moderator: Kevin Cooper, Partner, MFB Solicitors

Panelists: Scott Brown, Chief Marine Risk Engineer, National Cargo Bureau

Frank Gonynor, Senior Claims Adviser, Gard (North America) Inc.

Danielle Centeno, Loss Prevention/ Survey Compliance, The American Club

Moderator: Martin Cook, Divisional Director Marine Division, Ed Broking

Panelists: Randall Lund, Senior Marine Risk Consultant, Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty

John Ellis, Head of Ocean Marine US, Canopius

Chris Maro, Senior Vice President, Marsh

John Kissane, Partner, Watson Farley & Williams LLP 


Panel Discussion: Cargo Underwriting – Ripping up the Rulebook?

Panel Discussion: Hull and Machinery Risks and Opportunities – Do you Have the Right Appetite?

After a few years of a hard cargo insurance market, it appears that rates are easing off. Can insurers afford to do that at a time when losses are increasing? Can technology play a part, or should insurers be ripping up the rulebook and considering their role differently?

The hull and machinery market is in a state of flux with increasing losses, but also plenty of new opportunities. This session explores where insurers are taking advantage of those, or whether they truly have the appetite?

Moderator: John Miklus, President, AIMU

Panelists: Bill Rowland, Vice President, Ocean Marine, Sompo International

Andrew d’Alessio, Head of Ocean Cargo Americas, AXA XL

Herman Brito, East Zone Marine Leader, Managing Director, Marsh

Thomas Stubler, Cargo & Logistics Leader North America, Willis Towers Watson

Moderator: Richard Geiger, North American Marine Industry Leader, Marsh

Panelists: John Moy, Underwriter – Marine, Beazley

Louis Gehrig, Senior Vice President, Ascot Underwriting


Closing Remarks:


Drinks Reception

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