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Delegate Registration and Refreshments


Welcome Address

Presenter: Daniel Creasey, Managing Director, Cannon Events


Panel Discussion: Box Overboard!

The volume and value of container losses has increased rapidly across the world in the past year. This session considers the ramifications of such losses for the Asian insurance market, and also reflects on the continuing trend towards mega vessels, with consequent risks for their insurers in terms of both cargo and hull losses.

Moderator: Mark Allison, Director, W K Webster

Panellists: Capt. Siddharth Mahajan, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, Asia, Gard

Capt. Nitin Chopra, Senior Risk Consultant, Marine Risk Consulting Asia-Pacific, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Mats Segolson, Vice President, Head of Claims – Singapore, Skuld


Presentation: Around the World in 80 Days

With an estimated 400,000 seafarers (many from Asia) stranded on their ships in December 2020 and unable to be repatriated because of Covid-19, it is any wonder that crew wellbeing has shot to the top of the agenda for many? Suicide rates have escalated and for many crew unable to join ships, they have been forced to change career paths to find much-needed work. Solutions to the crisis include working with governments to prioritise seafarers and a global network of crew change hubs, as well as the Neptune Declaration, signed by hundreds of shipping entities with the promise to address the key problems. This session looks at the scale of the problem and efforts to alleviate the plight of seafarers across Asia.

Presenter: John Sullivan, Managing Director, V.Scope Risk Management


Panel Discussion: Can the Asia Pac Insurance Market Remain Relevant?

Working in a relatively small part of the world, it can be difficult to understand the factors at play elsewhere around the globe. This session analyses the state of the global marine insurance market, and discusses what Singapore insurers might expect next based on what has happened in other global locations such as London. It will also address the changing share of the global marine market and ask the question as to how Singapore marine insurers can remain relevant at the time when it is as easy to do business in London as it is with the company next door.

Moderator: Surani de Mel, Head of Claims – Singapore Shipowners’ Club

Panellists: Jonathan Ranger, Head of Marine APAC, AIG

Chris Coupland, Senior Vice President, Regional Marine – Asia, Marsh

Rama Chandran, Head of Marine, Asia, QBE Insurance (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Paul Hackett, Joint Global Head of Marine, Canopius


Networking Break


Panel Discussion: Is the True Cost of Covid-19 Materialising in Claims?

We all know that claims are getting bigger and more frequent, so this session will concentrate on finding the answer to the question of why? This session will explore when the claims pattern changed change and why, asking whether the pandemic has had an unexpected consequence for marine insurers.

Moderator: Simon Ward, Executive Director and Chief of Staff, MatthewsDaniel

Panellists: Cedric Declercq, Practice Leader and Claims Manager APAC Specialty Lines, AXA XL


Case Study: A Clear Example

This case study will concentrate on the grounding and re-floating of large container ships, with a specific focus on the recent Ever Forward case.

Presenter: Berend Jan Zonneveld, Operations Director, SMIT Salvage



Panel Discussion: How Green is Your Shipping?

Everyone has ESG on their corporate agendas, but how is that translating to the marine markets and for marine insurers? This discussion will centre on how insurers can support their clients as they transition to a more environmentally friendly approach. Can insurers help solve ESG challenges? What are the global players doing, and how does this impact the Asian marine markets?

Moderator: Capt. John Silberberg, Consultant Master Mariner, TMC Marine

Panellists: Win Jing Tan, Senior Lawyer, Gard

Jacob Damgaard, Associate Director Loss Prevention, Britannia

Michael Walls, Managing Director, Marine and Cargo Leader – Asia, Marsh


Lunch Break and Networking


Panel Discussion: Alternative Fuels – What Next for the Marine Market?

One of the challenges of the transition period to a more sustainable and resilient marine market is in choosing which future technology to back. That is nowhere more apparent than when it comes to building new ships and choosing how to power them. This session will explore the viable options when it comes to future fuels and will also explain carbon trading and carbon credits.

Moderator: Taylor Wamberg, Regional Manager, Maritime Commercial Markets, South Asia Middle East and Africa, Lloyd’s Register

Panellists: Saunak Rai, General Manager, FueLNG

Akshat Arora, Senior Surveyor, Standard Club

Capt. Natarajan Jagadeesan , General Manager Chartering and Operations, Orient Marine Co., Ltd. (Singapore Branch)


Panel Discussion: Making the Most of Your People

Without doubt, looking after your people and nurturing your talented workforce became a challenge through the Covid-19 pandemic. But what now? How does the marine insurance sector attract and retain the best talent? This discussion looks at some of the ways in which young people have been attracted into the sector and at how they might continue to find the marine insurance market a sector worth joining.

Moderator: Capt. Hari Subramaniam, Regional Head – Business Relations, Shipowners’ Club

Panellists: Benjamin Fong, Director Marine, Gallagher

Kenneth Cheong, Marine Underwriting Manager, HDI Global SE Singapore

Nick March, Senior Vice President, Head of Singapore, Skuld


Presentation: What Happens after a Fire of Flood Incident On Board a Ship?

After a fire or flood on board a ship, secondary damages continue due to residues of fire, extinguished fires and flooding. Does this mean that the ship has to be scrapped? Not necessarily. Even in the worse-case scenario, the ship’s engines can be saved. This session will run through various methods of reducing the costs associated with such losses.

Presenter: Guido Gavio, Asia Complex Loss Director, Belfor (Asia) Pte Ltd


Networking Break


Panel Discussion: Technology – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

What is happening with new technology and how is that supporting the marine sector? This discussion will provide an update on how marine interests are adapting to the ever-greater use of technology. The session considers the use of greater volumes of data and how that supports marine insurers in their underwriting. It also looks at the flip side: cyber threats, with an update on loss trends as a result of cyber-attacks, and asking whether there should be better communication between cyber and marine underwriters and their claims counterparts.

Moderator: Edward Ion, Managing Director, Helix PR

Panellists: Kenneth Lim, Assistant Chief Executive (Industry and Transformation), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Oliver Miloschewsky, Client Development Director, Concirrus

Sydney Hwang, Senior Underwriter, Marine, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd (Singapore Branch)

Jeremy Cheong Hoe Tan, Asia Pacific Sales Leader, Tradelens, IBM


Fireside Chat: Hands Off My Booty!

Unfortunately, the scourge of piracy stills dogs Asian waters. This session will include an overview of the latest situation in Asia’s waters, with information on the rest of the world. It will also include some of the preventative measures that are helping ships in Asian waters remain safe.

Presenters: Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Ng, Deputy Head Information Fusion Centre/Head Shipping Engagement Branch, Information Fusion Centre

Ravi Muthusamy, Group Head, Legal, Claims and Insurance, X-Press Feeders



Presentation: War and How Sanctions Can Play a Role in Reducing the Risk

Across the globe, there are a number of tension hotspots where the risk of war remains a very real threat. This presentation provides a global political overview of where the risks are for marine interests and at how sanctions play their part in reducing risks. It will also include an update on the main sanction regimes current in the world, and how these might impact marine insurance.

Presenter: Mike Gerasymov, Risk and Insurance Manager, Swire Shipping Pte Ltd


End of Conference and Drinks Reception sponsored by BMT

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