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Tuesday 4th May 



Delegates Join Online Meeting Using Credentials Provided at Registration


Welcome Address

Presenter: Daniel Creasey, Managing Director, Cannon Events



Keynote Address: Towards Zero Emission Shipping

The minister will aim to set the tone for the discussions on sustainable shipping through providing an overview of policies for green shipping in Norway, including recent developments and examples of ongoing projects. Further, the minister will provide some thoughts as to how Government policies can contribute to risk relief from an insurance perspective.

Presenter: Sveinung Rotevatn, Minister for Climate and Environment, Government of Norway 


Panel Discussion: Sustainability – Keeping it Principled

Insurers are set to have an increasing role in supporting the shipping sector’s goal of greater sustainability and resilience. But how will this play out in practice in the coming year, as regulators increase their scrutiny of insurers as well as the shipping interests they insure? This session will explore how insurers and brokers can play their part in supporting the marine markets in the Nordics as they develop their ESG principles.

Moderator: Anders Johannsen, Managing Director – Norway AS, Edge Group

Speakers: Helle Hammer, Managing Director, Cefor

Sturla Henriksen, Special Advisor, Oceans, United NationsGlobal Compact

Trude S. Husebo, Chief Human Resources Officer, Skuld

Rolf Thore Roppestad, Chief Executive Officer, Gard AS


Keynote Address: Crew Change

This keynote will explain how the NSA are trying to solve the practical problems connected with crew changes, linking in with other solutions from around the world. Accommodation during quarantine and vaccinations are vital parts of the jigsaw to ensure crew changes can take place as safely as possible. Harald will take an extended Q&A session and welcomes questions from everyone.

Presenter: Harald Solberg, Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian ShipownersAssociation

Line Falkenburg Ollestad, Advisor – Contingency Department, Norwegian ShipownersAssociation


Networking Session

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



Keynote Address: Seafarer Fatigue

Conservative estimates from casualty investigations suggest that at least 25% of all marine casualties are caused by fatigue. Fatigue is a symptom of many common medical conditions driven by physical, psychological, social and spiritual factors. Since 2016, Marine Benefits has surveyed more than 35,000 seafarers to identify these driving factors and to propose actions to reduce seafarer fatigue. In this presentation, they will share their statistics, findings and preventive plans from a holistic perspective.

Presenter: Casper Meland, Chief Executive Officer, Marine Benefits AS



Presentation: Trauma-Informed Interviewing and Crew Wellbeing in Marine Casualties

In this session, Dr. Glynn-Williams will discuss a new approach to crew interviewing and the surrounding wellbeing issues that may arise following a marine casualty. Developed in joint collaboration with Captain Terry Ogg, this approach is called Trauma-Informed Interviewing in a Marine Setting, (TIMS™) and combines enhanced investigative interviewing techniques with expertise in the range of human psychological responses in the aftermath of a critical incident.

Presenter: Dr. Rachel Glynn-Williams, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Qwest Maritime/Recall Recover


Panel Discussion: Emerging Opportunities in Offshore Wind

Fly across the ocean into any Nordic country and the chances are, you will spot a wind farm below. The Nordics, as they did with oil decades ago, are leading the way in embracing this new, green technology. This session will consider the opportunities for insurers to be part of the conversation from the innovation stage through to distribution. It will also consider how insurance policies will have to adapt to suit the emerging industry and to address new legal issues and regulatory frameworks.

Moderator:Søren Lassen, Head of Offshore Wind Research, Energy Transition Practice, Wood Mackenzie

Speakers: Michael Andrew, Senior Broker, Parisco AS

Alexandra Koefoed, Chief Executive Officer, Fred Olsen Windcarrier

Radmil Kranda, Vice President, Head of Energy Underwriting, Gard AS

Bin Wang, Senior Underwriter, Norwegian Hull Club



Panel Discussion: Autonomous Vessels – Out on Your Own

Panel Discussion: Loss Prevention – Reducing the Costs

The idea of a vessel sailing the high seas without anyone on board may seem the stuff of fantasy, but it is fast becoming a very real possibility. There are many stages to go through on the journey towards full automation, however. This session will look at both the opportunities and risks resulting from increasing dependence on technology to drive shipping and asks how the marine insurance sector can play its part as an enabler and as a risk mitigator.

Marine insureds continue to suffer losses and it remains true that the smaller, attritional losses account for most of the claims. While the market has been doing a good job in reducing the major claims, it continues to face large claims bills each year. This session will look at the market initiatives designed to help insureds, from improving weather information, to crew safety and to cyber, by looking at the existing claims in the market.

Moderator: Hugo-A.B Munthe-Kaas,Partner, DLA Piper

Speakers: Jarle Fosen, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, Gard AS 

Pia Meling, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Masterly

Odd Magne Nesvåg, Technical Responsible – Ship Systems & Components Høvik, Maritime, DNV AS

Callum O’Brien, Underwriter, The Standard Club

Moderator: John Dolan, Deputy Director Loss Prevention, The International Group of P&I Clubs

Speakers: Simon Hodgkinson, Global Head of Loss Prevention, West of England P&I Club

Simon Ward, Director and Chief of Staff, MatthewsDaniel

Colin Gillespie, Director – Loss Prevention, North of England P&I Club


End of Day One


Wednesday 5th May



Delegates Join Online Meeting Using Credentials Provided at Registration


Welcome Address

Presenter: Daniel Creasey, Managing Director, Cannon Events



Keynote Address: The Digital Underwriter – A Virtual Journey from Submissions to Portfolio Optimisation

As digital transformation continues to be a hot topic for marine insurance in 2021, this session focuses on the digital tools available to the underwriter and the benefits of adoption. We’ll show how access to the latest digital platforms and specialist underwriting tools is enabling the market to supercharge the role of the underwriter.

Presenter: Mark Phillips, Vice President, Head of Sales, Concirrus


Panel Discussion: Digitalisation – Propelled by Covid-19?

According to a McKinsey Global Survey, companies have accelerated the digitalisation of their customer and supply chain interactions and of their internal operations by three to four years. The share of digital or digitally enabled products in their portfolios has accelerated by an amazing seven years through the Covid-19 pandemic, achieving in a few weeks what had been taking years. The Nordic insurance market has been no different and this session takes a look at how the market has changed, what platforms have been adopted and what the future might look like.

Moderator: Ole Noklegaard, Nordic Marine and Energy Practice Leader, Marsh JLT Specialty

Speakers: Ole Jorgen Eikanger, Chief Business Development Officer, Norwegian Hull Club

Alem Jasarevic, Chief Operating Officer, Skuld

Christian Pritchard-Davies, Chief Financial Officer, Gard AS

Ronny Reppe, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Noria Group


Presentation: Why Specialty Insurance Needs to be a Connected Experience

Imagine if specialty insurance were more like Uber: the cab selected for me; the driver, costs and arrival time shared upfront; automatic payment as I leave the car. If specialty insurance were better connected, how would we create a connected experience that benefitted everyone?

Presenter: Stefan Schrijnen, Chief Commercial Officer, Insurwave



Networking Session 

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


Presentation: Diminishing Stability in an Ageing Fleet

Weight growth and an increase in the center of gravity (KG) of a vessel through its operation is inevitable. Repairs, refits and modernisations have a tendency to require additional structure and equipment (i.e. weight) high in the ship. The result is diminishing stability margins over the life of a vessel. This session details common indicators and causes of weight growth, current regulations to ensure adequate stability and risks to insurers of ship, cargo and persons onboard that are associated with weight-related stability challenges. 

Presenter: Kevin Byers, Project Engineer, Envista Forensics


Presentation: NORMA Cyber – The Norwegian Approach to Cyber Security

Presentation: Case Study – The Northguider


The Norwegian Maritime Cyber Resilience Centre (NORMA Cyber) is a newly established initiative that became operational on 1st January 2021. NORMA Cyber works to increase the unified resilience against cyber threats for the Norwegian shipping industry and maritime sector by delivering a system for effective information sharing and a spectrum of proactive services.

On 28 December 2018, the trawler Northguider grounded in the Hinlopenstretet, the strait between Spitsbergen and Nordauslandet in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. This case study will discuss some of the unique challenges faced by the team to successfully remove the wreck of the Northguider.

Presenter: Lars Benjamin Vold, Managing Director, NORMA Cyber

Presenter: Robert Meijer, Manager – Projects, SMIT Salvage


Presentation: The CMA CGM LIBRA: Passage Planning, Unseaworthiness and Cargo Underwriters’ Liability (or Not) for General Average Expenditure

Panel Discussion: Ship Fires – Putting Out the Fire

On 17 May 2011, the CMA CGM LIBRA ran aground while departing the Chinese port of Xiamen. The General Average claim by owners against cargo underwriters was some US$13million. 92% of cargo underwriters paid, but 8% refused. The Admiralty Court and Court of Appeal held that the 8% were right to refuse, holding that the vessel was unseaworthy because there was no proper passage plan on board at the commencement of the voyage from Xiamen. In July 2021, the case will be heard by the Supreme Court. John Russell QC discusses the issues that the Supreme Court will have to determine.

One statistic widely cited across the insurance sector is that on average, there is a fire onboard a container ship every week, with a major container fire occurring on average every 60 days. Despite an overall fall in casualties in the first half of 2020, ten such incidents were still reported. This session looks at some of the common causes of these fires, from misdeclared cargoes to inadequate fire-fighting capabilities on board and considers the role insurers are playing in trying to change the narrative.

Presenter: John Russell QC, Barrister, Quadrant Chambers

Moderator: Dave Myers, Global Head of Scientific Services, TMC Marine

Speakers: Mark Lerche, Nordic Regional Sales Manager, AREPA

Robert E O’Connor, Managing Partner, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP

Mårten Sandblom, Regional Loss Control Manager, Marine Europe and CIS, AIG

Capt. Filip Svensson, Vice President Marine Operations, Wallenius Wilhelmsen


Roundtable Discussion hosted by AdvantageGo:All Aboard for Data Analytics 

With the challenges around securing an increase in P&I premiums, reducing exposure in certain areas and static market conditions, insurers seek to drive premium growth and increase market share through portfolio diversification. However, are current platforms and systems fit for purpose and agile enough to enable insurers to improve risk profiling and add new lines of business and products? With many marine insurers operating on legacy platforms, they may be missing out on leveraging data assets and using analytics to improve underwriting decisions and risk selection. Data-driven decision-making is the new frontier for insurers. Today’s tumultuous economy demands insurers to rapidly respond to shifting market needs and assess risk regularly, and with real-time data. This session looks at how algorithmic-based underwriting drives underwriting profitability and efficiencies through using multiple sources of data to maximise data insights, spot new and emerging markets, cross-sell opportunities and consider new business models. We’ll also explore the level of confidence in the technology that underpins insurer’s underwriting decision making and workflows, now and in the future, and if companies are still investing enough to make a genuinely forceful change.

Moderator: Thomas Andersson, Director of Sales, AdvantageGo

Participants: Lars Dueled, Chief Underwriting Officer, Skuld

Sigvald Fossum, Vice President, Head of Analytics, Gard AS

Ranjith Kanipayur, Head of Business Transformation, The Shipowners’ Club

Harvey Quinn, Client Executive, AdvantageGo

Callum Shaw, Pricing Lead, RSA


End of Day Two


Thursday 6th May



Delegates Join Online Meeting Using Credentials Provided at Registration


Welcome Address

Presenter: Daniel Creasey, Managing Director, Cannon Events



Panel Discussion: Market Dynamics – Stability Paying Dividends

2020 was a challenging year thanks to Covid-19, but also because of the drive to increase insurance rates to sustainable levels. This has continued into 2021 but in the Nordics, the picture has been a little different. As a market in which stability is key, from pricing and claims through to human resources, it has often been the global leader in marine insurance. This session looks at the current picture and considers the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Moderator: Demian Smith, Head of Mutual, Agency and Captive Re-insurance Solutions,Guy Carpenter

Speakers: Dan Lenhammer, Managing Director, Nordic Marine Insurance

Jan Limnell, Director, Alandia 

Anders Mjaaland, Managing Director, Bergvall Marine


Keynote Address: Global Trade Patterns – Cyclical Recovery and Structural Change

Global manufacturing and trade rebounded strongly in the second half of 2020 and will continue to lead the recovery in 2021. This cyclical recovery occurs against the backdrop of a trend of declining globalization. COVID-19 and geopolitical tensions are expected to accelerate the restructuring in global supply chains.

Presenter: Thomas Holzheu, Chief Economist Americas, Swiss Re Institute


Networking Session

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



Panel Discussion: Geopolitics and Sanctions – Keeping the Right Side of The Law

New sanctions are emerging all the time and old sanctions are being re-imposed, all of it creating a legal minefield for shipping and its insurers. With insurers often seen as easy targets by the regulators, how can the sector keep abreast of the changes and on the right side of the law? Shipping necessarily involves long chains of business, creating extra challenges for the insurers creating suitable policies and settling claims. This session will review the latest sanctions rules, including a view on the likely path of the new White House team and look at how insurers can work with their insureds.

Moderator: Lasse Brautaset, Attorney, Nordisk Legal Services

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

Mark Church, Director (FD&D) and Head of Sustainability, North of England P&I Club

Gina Venezia, General Counsel, The Standard Club

Ulf Sverdrup, Director, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs



Presentation Followed by Panel Discussion:VLSFO 2020 – Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future

With over 60 new bunker dispute cases hitting their desks in 2020, Van Ameyde Marine’s experts have access to a huge catalogue of reference material. They will demonstrate some of the problems, bottlenecks, bad practices and misunderstandings found during the year. It’s not all bad news, though. The panel of industry experts will review all of this and identify where the industry can improve and mitigate these ongoing issues.

Presenter: Walter Dekkers, Principal Surveyor/Director, Van Ameyde Marine

Moderator: Chris Beesley, Executive Chairman, C Solutions Consultants (S) Pte Ltd


Gregory Veralle, Senior Surveyor/Chemist, Van Ameyde Marine

Dick Farrel Camoying, Technical Manager, Skuld

Ronny Hindersson, Senior Claims Manager, Alandia

Sveta Ukkonen, Head of Marine Fuels and Services, Neste


End of Conference



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