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Our 2018 market forecast was accurate!

IUMI confirms American Hellenic Hull CEO’s recent predictions of a firmer market ahead

International Union of Marine Insurance Chairman Dieter Berg recently offered a positive outlook for the marine insurance business in 2018. “During the latest round of renewals,” wrote the IUMI chief, “premiums rose in marine lines affected by losses as well as those unaffected – signaling that the soft market has definitely come to an end.”

Mr. Berg’s statement confirms American Hellenic Hull’s earlier market predictions for this year. Notably, Ilias Tsakiris, American Hellenic’s Chief Executive, said in a February 2018 speech at the Capital Link Forum in Cyprus that “…the days of a soft marine market may be over.” In his talk Mr. Tsakiris commented on the effect of recent extreme weather events on pricing by marine underwriters, and asked if storms such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria had been a blessing in disguise for insurers, allowing underwriters at last to stop the downward spiral of marine premiums.

The insurance industry has emerged from 2017 with massive losses, driven mainly by natural catastrophes. The hurricane season resulted in up to US$100bn in damage. Multiple lines of marine insurance business were affected, including yachts and cargo, as well as ports and terminals.

AHHIC expects an improved market environment for 2018. This assessment is backed by encouraging prospects for the global economy and our own portfolio and renewals’ increase. We see growth for marine insurance, as premium income correlates with growth in trade volumes and global market value.

Recently asked for market and growth parameters, Mr. Tsakiris stated: “Market growth is always a mix of various parameters coming together: the global economy, talent, service differentiation, and customer value. We at American Hellenic can’t influence global risks, but we have in place the right talent, a bespoke service and measurable customer value in every single interaction we have with our customers in the US, Europe and Asia”.

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Ilias Tsakiris participates in Capital Link Cyprus Shipping Forum

In February Capital Link organized its second annual Capital Link Cyprus Shipping Forum at the Columbia Plaza in Limassol. The event, held under the auspices of the Republic of Cyprus, was a huge success drawing delegates from abroad as well as from the local Cyprus shipping community, including major shipowners, government officials, shipmanagers, financiers and other leading industry participants.

The Forum highlighted the Cyprus maritime industry, and the Cyprus flag which has been recognized internationally as a quality flag. It also focused on the island’s significant role as a maritime, energy and logistics hub and more generally as an attractive investment and business destination.

Sponsorship of the event was led by Bank of Cyprus and included support from the Cyprus Union of Shipowners and a number of leading companies, drawn from various sectors. Sponsors included the American P&I Club, represented by Ilias Tsakiris, CEO of American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company.

Participating as a conference panelist, Mr. Tsakiris analysed the current state of the marine insurance market and looked at where it is heading. He cautiously concluded that the days of a soft marine market may be over – at least temporarily. Specifically, he commented on the effect of recent extreme weather events on the pricing models of marine underwriters, asking if storms such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria had been a blessing in disguise, allowing underwriters at last to stop the downward spiral of marine premiums.

Accessing cyber risks and security was becoming an increasingly serious issue for marine underwriters and could not be ignored, said Mr. Tsakiris. “Cyber risks are real and are far from being remote,” he told the conference. “As cyber risks are new and there is very little historical data, evaluating and pricing such risks is one of the biggest challenges facing the insurance industry today”.

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American Hellenic Hull strives to meet the insurance requirements of Greek shipping

Despite the turbulence and complexity of the global shipping market, American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company intensifies its efforts to protect the clients’ interests and provide the best insurance solutions.

The CEO of AHHIC, Mr. Ilias Tsakiris describes the range of the group’s insurance products/services and he refers to the long-standing relationship with Greek shipowners.

”In the face of today’s challenges, we aim to remain close to our customers, supporting them and striving to meet their insurance requirements in the best and most professional way. We can’t change the market conditions for owners but we can turn our insurance relationship with them into a ‘safety net’ and at the very least ensure they have nothing to worry about regarding insurance of their most valuable assets”, Mr. Tsakiris states.

Interview to Mr. Stefanos Papandreou, Elnavi editor

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