(08 – 09 May, Antwerp)

Marine & Cargo Insurance is a Strategic Priority


08 May 2019 (1st Day)

President of the Day: Mr. Michel Cornette, Transport, Maritime & Customs Law Attorney Elegis, Antwerp (http://www.elegis.be/en/lawyer/michel-cornette) 

 8:30 – 9:00 – Registration and Morning Tea & Coffee

9.00 – 9:20Welcome greeting

  • Why the 2nd International Marine and Cargo Insurance Conference in Antwerp?

Mr. Alexander Syvak, Founder Media Compass Ukraine Advertising Agency & International Sea magazine Shipping, Odessa 

  • The Flemish ports are of the oldest international maritime trading centers.

              Mr. Luc Pysson, President Chamber of Commerce BeNeLux – Ukraine & Chamber of Commerce

BeNeLux – Georgia, Lier, Antwerp

              (https://www.linkedin.com/in/luc-pysson-a037583b/ )

  • What Antwerp means to Odessa.

Ukrainian Maritime Bar Association

9:20 – 9:40Antwerp Welcome

  • The Port of Antwerp in the West – East and North – South Trade.

Mrs. Annick De Ridder, Alderman City of Antwerp, Port of Antwerp, city development and planning, Antwerp

(https://www.linkedin.com/in/annickderidder/ )

9:40 – 10:00Ukraine Keynote

Transport is a priority business ecosystem in Ukraine: trade routes, ports and transport infrastructure projects.

Mr. Viktor Dovhan, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Kyiv

(https://www.linkedin.com/in/viktor-dovhan-24602b1a/ )

10:00 – 11:00 – Marine and Cargo Insurance Industry in 2019. Trends, threats, opportunities & consequences.

  • Traders charterers liability and cargo insurance. Due diligence of the stakeholders.

Mr. Karl Moens, Marsh & McLennan Marine & Cargo Insurance Practice, Vice President, Claims Liability Manager, Senior Marine Insurance Consultant, Antwerp (https://www.linkedin.com/in/karlmoens/ )

  • War, terrorist & cyber risks.

Marsh & McLennan Marine & Cargo Insurance Practice, Rotterdam

11:00 – 11:15 – Q & A

11:15 – 11:45 – Tea & Coffee and Networking Break

11:45 – 12:25The liability environment in the shipping industry becomes more and more legislative.

  • The Ukrainian marine insurance liability environment.

Ukrainian Maritime Bar Association

  • The Antwerp Marine Insurance Policy Cargo Insurance refurbished: “Perils ‘on’ the sea” vs “Perils ‘off’ the sea”: clauses vs English and American clauses. Are marine class and general average clear enough to prevent potential abuses? Conflicts of law?

Mr. Wouter Den Haerynck, International Trade, Transport & Maritime Attorney Elegis, Antwerp (http://www.elegis.be/nl/advocaat/wouter-den-haerynck)

12:25 – 12:40 – Q & A 

12:40 – 14:00 – lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Case studies and advices on marine and multimodal cargo insurance             

 Non-standard types of insurance. Delay in start-up. Charterers’ risks.

Mr. Nicholas G. Berketis, PhD, J. Kouroutis & Co. Ltd. Insurance and Reinsurance Brokers, Piraeus (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-berketis-6573617/)

  • Bulk cargo: totally lost or damaged? One practical case study

 Mr. Andrey Shashorin, Remedy Law Firm, Moscow


  • Heating and other damage to grains and by-products during transit and storage.

Marsh & McLennan, Marine & Cargo Insurance Practice, Antwerp

15:00 – 15:15 – Q & A

15:15 – 15:45 – Tea & Coffee and Networking Break

  15:45 – 17:15 – “Antwerp is a Freight Forwarders’ Port.”                            

  • What services do the Belgian freight forwarders offer today (3PL, 4PL)?
  • Liabilities and tailor-made insurances for the Belgian freight forwarders/NVOCCs.
  • Due diligence of the stakeholders within the global integrated package offer.
  • Why cargo insurance is a strategic priority for freight forwarders.
  • What do current freight forwarders think of the historic Antwerp insurance hub?
  • How a freight forwarders focused outlook affects insurance claims and a servicing model with different talent within the insurance market.

Mrs. Caroline Gubbi, Legal Adviser Belgian Freight Forwarding Association (CEB), Antwerp, Brussels & Zeebrugge (https://www.linkedin.com/in/caroline-gubbi-97b95b27/ )

Mrs. Katy Rijnders, Head of Legal Department Gosselin Group (https://gosselingroup.eu/en/services), Antwerp (https://www.linkedin.com/in/katy-rijnders/ )

Mrs. Ann Dely, Lloyd’s of London Underwriter Post & Co, Antwerp (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ann-dely-aa562916/ )

Mrs. Tanja VanDamme, Senior Broker Marine Liabilities, Claims Manager Industry, Cargo and Marine Liabilities JLT Belgibo, Marine Insurance Brokers (Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group), Antwerp (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tanja-vandamme-ba5308a7/ )

Mr. Christophe Van Mechelen, Founding Partner Van Laer – Van Mechelen Attorneys, Antwerp, Honorary Consul Republic of Latvia in Belgium (Flemish Region)

(https://www.linkedin.com/in/christophe-van-mechelen-9bb52444/ )

17:15– 17:30 – Q & A

17:30 – 18:30 – Drinks and Networking


09 May 2019 (2nd Day)

President of the Day: Mr. Francis Rome, Chairman Belgian Port Commission, Professor C-MAT (UA) (https://www.linkedin.com/in/francis-rome-2b876412/)   8:30 – 9:00 – Registration and Morning Tea & Coffee

9.00 – 9:20 –  Organizers Welcome

  • The Flemish ports are gateways to the Ukrainian and Georgian Black Sea ports.

              Mr. Luc Pysson, President Chamber of Commerce BeNeLux – Georgia & Chamber of Commerce

BeNeLux – Ukraine, Lier, Antwerp

              (https://www.linkedin.com/in/luc-pysson-a037583b/ )

  • What Flanders and Belgium mean to the Ukrainian Maritime Bar Association.

Ukrainian Maritime Bar Association

9:20 – 10.40 – Loss prevention, liability and adjusting with success. 

  • The importance of cargo insurance for breakbulk cargo.

Mr. Wouter Van den Daele, Manager Cargo & Marine Liability JLT Belgibo, Marine Insurance Brokers (Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group), Antwerp

(https://www.linkedin.com/in/wouter-van-den-daele-8595863/ )

  • What a burden. A look at Volcalfe v CSAV [2018]
  • Legal implications of the move towards autonomy.

Mr. Duncan Ealand, Senior associate solicitor Campbell Johnston Clark Ltd, London

(https://www.linkedin.com/in/duncan-ealand-ba50522a/  )

  • Actio in rem analogy in Lithuania maritime law

Mr. Oleg Drobitko, Advocate at Law Firm InRight / Drobitko & Partners, Klaipeda (https://www.linkedin.com/in/oleg-drobitko-340559106/

  • Legal Environmental Regulatory Overview

Mr. Yuvraj Thakur, Commercial Director , EU MRV/IMO DCS Auditor/ Hazmat Expert, Verifavia Shipping Marine Engineer, Chandigarh (India), Paris, Singapore  (https://www.linkedin.com/in/yuvraj-thakur-3bb060a8/) 

10:40 – 10:55 – Q & A 

10:55 – 11:25 – Tea & Coffee and Networking Break

11:25 – 12:25 – Case studies on handling marine and cargo claims. 

  • A case study of inherent vice and latent defect.

Mr. Ralph De Wit, Professor at VUB, UA, AMA, Attorney at Antwerp (Goemans De Scheemaecker & De Wit Advocaten), Antwerp (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ralphdewit-52833a6/ ) 

  • Subrogation: having paid a claim, what should insurers do to get their money back? 

Mr. Bob Deeping, Partner & Shipping Lawyer BDM Law LLP, London

Mrs. Emmy Ameloot​, Solicitor BDM Law LLP, London

(https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmy-ameloot-  1a613b15/ ) 

  • Insuring the exposure of carrying commodities.

Mr. Yavor Velchev, Consultant in Shipping Legal, Insurance & Claims, Shippossible Ltd


 12:25 – 12.40 – Q&A    

12:40 – 14:00 – lunch    

14:00 – 15:00 – Marine Energy Insurance 

  • Offshore renewables. Risks involved in windfarm delivery on EPC basis.

Jan De Nul Group, Alost

  • Offshore renewables. Insurance of windfarm delivery on EPC basis.

Marsh & McLennan, Marine & Cargo Insurance Practice, Antwerp

  • Insurance impact of new energy strategies, increased regulation and more remote drilling


 Mr. Tim Welsh, MS Amlin, London

(https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-welsh-b9136a2a/ ) 

  15:15 – 15:30 – Q&A 

  15:30 – 16:00 – Tea & Coffee and Networking Break

  16:00 – 17:00 – Innovations and new technologies in marine and cargo insurance,  

  • Digital automated blockchain based shipping marketplace. The role of smart contracts in cargo insurance.

Mr. Alexander Varvarenko, Founder and CEO Shipnext and Varamar shipping company, Odessa, Hamburg  

(https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandervarvarenko-059ba53/ )  

  • Marine & Cargo Insurance is a Strategic Priority and risk management strategies in view of the New Technologies.

Mr. Volodymyr Semenyshyn, Senior Vice President, Client Success Leader at SoftServe, PhD,    Business Trainer at MBA, Consultant- Lviv Region Council, Lviv, global (https://www.linkedin.com/in/volodymyrsemenyshyn/ ) 

     17:00 – 17:15 – Q & A

     17:15 – 17:45 Keycountry Georgia

  • Transport is a priority business ecosystem in Georgia: ports, transport infrastructure projects and trade routes.

Mrs. Natalie Sabanadze, Ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of Belgium and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of Georgian Mission to the EU, Brussels


  • Maritime Transport Agency: is there a need for innovative captive marine insurance solutions on a national level?

Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Tbilisi

17:45 – 18:00 – Closing address Belgian Policymaker

·         Common in Belgium: Triple Helix Logistics Clusters. Mr. Kris Peeters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Work, Economy and Consumers, in charge of Foreign Trade, Poverty Alleviation, Equal Opportunities and Persons with Disabilities, Brussels (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kris_Peeters)


18:00 – 19:00 – Drinks and Networking