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Cyprus Shipmanagement Round Table Debate

Ship Management International’s issue 66 March/April 2017, Cyprus Special Report, Round Table Debate

Ship Management International drew together leaders of the Cyprus shipping cluster to discuss key issues facing shipping. Chaired by SMI Editorial Director Sean Maloney, panelists included Giles Heimann, Corporate Director Fleet Personnel, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement; Capt. Eberhard Koch, Chairman, CEO and Partner of Oesterreichischer Lloyd Shipping; Mark O’Neil, Future CEO of the intended Columbia Marlow merger; Andrew Brown, Group Technical Director, Interorient Shipmanagement; Andreas Chrysostomou, Independent Maritime Expert; Capt. Eugen Adami, Immediate Past President of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber and owner and Managing Director of the Mastermind Group; Ilias Tsakiris, CEO American Hellenic Hull  Insurance Company; and Alexandros Josephides, Deputy Director General of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber. Other members of the cluster who were unable to attend in person, have contributed written answers to the questions posed.

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Lloyd’s list reports on American Hellenic Hull’s growth progress

American Hellenic Hull Insurance, the new American P&I Club-backed marine hull insurer established last year in Cyprus, has set itself an ambitious growth target over the next three to four years. The article on Lloyd’s List (find the article here) reported what the Chief Executive, Ilias Tsakiris told at a shipping and insurance gathering in Limassol “the company has a target of insuring 4,000 vessels by 2020.”

Just nine months after it received its operating license, American Hellenic Hull is already covering a fleet of more than 1,500 ships from 10 different countries across three continents. The portfolio included all types of vessels, but foremost were bulk carriers and tankers, said Mr. Tsakiris.

 

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Circular #3 American Hellenic Hull Insurance updates and business progress

In its third circular, during American Hellenic Hull’s first market presentation in Cyprus, the company reported on progress in its first eight months of operations.

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The first Cypriot marine Hull & Machinery underwriter is already a global player

American Hellenic Hull presented latest details of its growth to shipping interests and officials at a first event in Cyprus. The company delivered its first-ever market presentation in Cyprus on April 6, 2017, to better introduce itself to the Cypriot shipping community and provide an update on its growth to date.

The company’s market presentation session and cocktail reception attracted about 170 attendees including Cyprus public officials, shipowners, maritime sector executives, bankers and brokers.

In a welcome address Cyprus’ Minister of Transportation, Communications and Works, Marios Demetriades, highlighted American Hellenic Hull’s fast-expanding global presence as an important example of the growth opportunities available to the Cypriot shipping cluster.

Vince Solarino, Chairman of the American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company and President of the managers of the American P&I Club, briefed the audience on the 100-year history of the American Club. He also explained the reasons for the company’s move to invest in Cyprus.

American Hellenic Hull’s CEO Ilias Tsakiris reported on the company’s progress in its first eight months of operations. The audience was told that the company has already insured 1,524 vessels from 10 countries spread across three different continents, and is working with about 100 brokers. Mr Tsakiris said that American Hellenic Hull is currently in the process of obtaining a rating from an international rating agency. He also explained the importance and benefits of positioning Cyprus globally as a shipping centre, an effort to which American Hellenic Hull is contributing.

To close the event, guests enjoyed a pleasant cocktail reception that provided an opportunity for further networking and receiving feedback from attendees, who were overwhelmingly positive in their response to the company’s presentation.

American Hellenic Hull’s CEO in his Hall of Fame keynote speech

Honor the Greek Shipping Pantheon by investing in new talent

At its annual Induction Ceremony & Dinner for 600 guests, the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame announced that George L. Daniolos (1903-1994) and Nicolaos D. Lykiardopulo (1866-1963) have been elected as its two latest inductees.

In his keynote speech, American Hellenic Hull’s CEO Mr. Ilias Tsakiris highlighted the need to invest more time, effort, and resources in developing young talent for the industry. He stated: “If we are to honor those remarkable individuals who have made their mark on Greek and world shipping, we have to immediately address the challenge of recruiting the right talent. We must train them under the same principles and values and in that way keep alive the spirit of the great Greek shipowners and seafarers. Only if we invest in the next generation can we ensure that Greek shipping will continue to evolve and remain a global leader”.

Greek Shipping Hall of Fame began its life in 2007 as an idea, and today it includes 26 personalities who have made their mark on Greek and world shipping. The Greek Shipping Hall of Fame donated a portion of the event proceeds to the Greek children’s charity, Hellenic Hope (www.hellenic-hope.org), showing once again that the Greek shipping community actively contributes to wider social needs.