Cyprus Shipmanagement Round Table Debate

Ship Management International’s Round Table and Cyprus Special Report

American Hellenic Hull Insurance Co.’s Chief Executive Ilias Tsakiris added his insight to a Round Table debate organized by Ship Management International magazine for the Cyprus Special Report published in its July/August issue.

The agenda focused on issues arising from the IMO 2020 low-sulphur regulations, digitalization and cyber risks, the Cyprus maritime cluster and the industry’s cooperation with the Deputy Ministry of Shipping.

With regards to IMO 2020, Mr. Tsakiris said that the new regulation is becoming a growing concern for underwriters. “We will have the question of unseaworthiness, and underwriters will rely much more on the classification societies, plus introducing and installing this type of technology will increase the insured values making the risk on the ship more expensive, so there will be more money coming out of the owners pockets by way of premium”, he told the Roundtable. Furthermore, in terms of cyber risks, he stressed that digitalization in shipping creates a new area of risk.

Mr. Tsakiris also considered that Cyprus may profit from developments connected with Brexit, due to the country’s favourable tax and regulatory environment. “I think we will see more underwriters coming in”, he said. Looking ahead to the Maritime Cyprus Conference 2019, Mr. Tsakiris stressed that all the major insurance brokers will be coming to the conference. “I think this year’s will be an even bigger success than previously,” he concluded.

 

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Ilias Tsakiris in “The Investor Greece 2019”

American Hellenic Hull and its Chief Executive Ilias Tsakiris are featured in The Investor Greece 2019, a special edition published by The Investor, the leading business guide.

“We are the fastest growing hull and machinery insurance company in the world,” Mr Tsakiris told The Investor in an interview, describing some of the company’s goals and milestones achieved since the launch of the new insurer in 2016.

The company’s target “is to become an A-rated leading marine underwriter which will help us towards our goals of providing insurance to over 10,000 vessels and generating income of more than €100 million in a few years’ time”, he stated.

Readers of The Investor are informed of AHHIC’s background as a joint venture with the American P&I Club and its status as the first marine insurance company licensed in Cyprus under the requirements of the Solvency II directive.

“We are operating from scratch combining the best of the American, Greek and Cypriot approaches,” said Mr Tsakiris. “The company was an immediate success and has been accepted worldwide. Today, we offer insurance to nearly 2,500 vessels.”

Discussing the reasons for the company’s impressive start, Mr. Tsakiris emphasized its different approach as a marine hull insurer and management’s background within the shipping industry.

“Insurance is a commodity and we differentiate ourselves by a bespoke approach based on trust with our clients,” he told the magazine. “Personally, I started as a seafarer serving on board ships from the age of 17. We speak exactly the same language as our clients, we have a strong knowledge of shipping and we understand shipowners.”

According to Mr Tsakiris, AHHIC has also invested heavily in technology from the beginning, enabling it to grow quickly while offering the same quality of service. It emphasizes speed of response, from providing quotations within 24 hours to settling claims faster than the industry average.

The company’s centers of operation are in Cyprus and Greece and it is steadily expanding internationally. “The fact that the company is based in Limassol, Cyprus, with an affiliated office in Piraeus, among other locations, is a great competitive advantage as AHHIC can offer a global footprint while having a privileged understanding of the local market,” Mr. Tsakiris said.

“We are the only real marine underwriter in the region and I hope we can have more players based locally in the future.” Mr. Tsakiris underlined his belief that Greece as a major shipping nation could establish itself as a leader in maritime services as well, including playing a more important role in the marine insurance sector.

“We have always believed in the potential of the Greek shipping sector. Even though Greek shipowners own 20% of the world’s shipping capacity, Greece and Cyprus didn’t have a single local insurance provider specialized in this sector”, he pointed out.

Read More: Ilias Tsakiris in “The Investor Greece 2019”

 

‘In Business’: From Cyprus we cover a world of ships

In Business: Insurance Industry in Cyprus

“From Cyprus we cover a world of ships”.

American Hellenic Hull (AHHIC) has been profiled by Cyprus’ leading business information provider, ‘In Business’, with CEO Ilias Tsakiris interviewed on the new challenges facing the marine insurance industry and on his views regarding the business and supervisory framework in Cyprus.

Mr. Tsakiris said that since mid-2018 a major consolidation in the Lloyd’s and London markets has had an impact on marine insurance premium levels and that a firming of rates is expected to continue during this year.

He also considered that Cyprus may profit from developments connected with Brexit, due to the country’s favourable tax and regulatory environment.

American Hellenic Hull firmly supports the vision of the Deputy Ministry of Shipping to turn Cyprus into one of the world’s leading shipping clusters. At the same time, Mr. Tsakiris said, AHHIC is proud to act as an “ambassador” of Cyprus in all the key international s

Asked about Cyprus’ supervisory authorities, Mr. Tsakiris observed that their personnel are highly qualified and extremely business oriented with exemplary efficiency.

American Hellenic Hull’s target is to double the value of the company’s initial investment within the next five years, Mr. Tsakiris told ‘In Business’.

Read the full interview here:

In Business From Cyprus we cover a world of ships

Ilias Tsakiris in the 3rd Capital Link Cyprus Shipping Forum

In February Capital Link organized its third annual Capital Link Cyprus Shipping Forum at the Columbia Plaza in Limassol. The event, held under the auspices of the Republic of Cyprus and Maritime 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 shipping 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 cluster and more generally as an attractive investment and business destination.

Sponsorship of the event was led by the Cyprus Union of Shipowners and included support from the Bank of Cyprus 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 the emerging trends in marine insurance industry.

American Hellenic Hull’s market forecast in 2018 for marine insurance premiums rise was more than accurate, as Mr. Ilias Tsakiris reaffirmed increase in premiums commenting on market’s performance for 2019. He underlined that the degree of the rate increases will also depend on whether new capacity enters the market in other parts of the world in response to the more favourable rating environment.

In addition, Mr Tsakiris elaborated on pricing of the risks deriving from new IMO regulations, mainly on IMO 2020 emission regulations, and their effect on the marine insurance market. “Diligent and prudent Owners should have no fear in any increase of insurance rates following the implementation of IMO2020 as they will be adequately prepared”, he mentioned.

“However, we fear that vessels will be exposed to potential engine damages, which may result to hull damages from groundings or collisions as a consequence of loss power or claims for salvage assistance. In general, all marine insurance related products/rates could also be adversely affected due to increased claims’ activity”, Mr. Tsakiris told the conference.

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Launch of cooperation with the World Maritime University

American Hellenic Hull has proudly launched its cooperation with the World Maritime University (WMU) based in Malmö, Sweden.

The World Maritime University was founded by the International Maritime Organization and its aim is to help the IMO and IMO member states to ensure safe, secure, and efficient shipping on clean oceans through education, research, and a network of graduates who will build the capacity of maritime administrations around the world.

Our welcome reception for WMU’s students visiting Greece for their field study program, was held on Friday, March 8th at the premises of the Piraeus Marine Club.

The joint event, that included AHHIC’s presentation on Marine Insurance, marked the start of an effort to develop better links among WMU’s graduates, American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company and the marine insurance industry.

Mr. Ilias Tsakiris, CEO of AHHIC, will introduce Marine Insurance to all WMU’s students in Malmö, Sweden, on Wednesday, April 3rd at 15:00,  delivering a lecture under the title: “Current and Future Challenges for Shipping in the Realm of Marine Insurance”.

Please see event’s highlights in the below link:

AHHIC in ELNAVI special report in Marine Insurance

“Our track record in providing Hull & Machinery cover to shipowners is second to none”, told Mr. Evangelos Gagkos, Underwriting Manager of AHHIC in ELNAVI special report in Marine Insurance.

Mr. Gagkos described company’s greatest landmarks from 2016 until today and commented on the latest trends and developments in marine insurance market, such as digitalization, decarbonization, cyber risks and the role of marine insurance broker in the future.

In addition, he mentioned that Greek shipowners have retained their role as top players in world shipping and it is clear that they operate very efficient ships that can compete successfully in an industry that is subject to greater demands for efficiency and higher environmental standards. “I think that nowadays the efficiency of Greek vessels and the high technical expertise of the shipowners is recognized and very well appreciated throughout the marine insurance market”, underlined Mr. Gagkos.

Moreover, he stressed that marine insurance market is entering uncharted waters trying to respond to the new challenges arising from the digitalization of shipping industry and the introduction of new standards.

“At AHHIC we do follow market’s trends with the aim to lead in the H&M market. Our highly qualified personnel has the right talent to respond to all those emerging issues and provide new services in compliance with the global shipping industry and IMO’s regulations. We stand ready to provide highly synergistic hull and machinery solutions to the global shipping industry. Our target is to double the value of the company’s initial investment within the next five years. But our goal is also to remain close to our shipowner clients, constantly working to fine-tune and innovate in terms of our insurance products and services to the industry”, stated Mr. Gagkos.

Read more: ELNAVI NOVEMBER 2018 AMERICAN HELLENIC HULL INTERVIEW

The fastest-growing hull and machinery insurance company, reports newmoney.gr

A prominent example of the synergy between Greek shipping and US entrepreneurship is the American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company, a successful partnership between the American P & I Club and Hellenic Hull Management.

AHHIC, based in Cyprus, launched its operation in July 2016 and is currently the fastest-growing hull and machinery insurance company in the world of shipping.

This is supported by data presented by Ilias Tsakiris, CEO of American Hellenic Hull, to the company’s Board of Directors’ meeting of the 9th October in Cyprus, as September marked completion of an operationally profitable second quarter for the company with the insured fleet reaching 2,160 vessels representing 167 managing companies internationally.

“We at American P&I Club welcome the company’s dynamic growth and we will continue to support American Hellenic as we firmly believe that it represents a new, growing, dynamic force in marine insurance markets across the world”, said Vince Solarino, the Chairman of American Hellenic Hull.

Company CEO Ilias Tsakiris told “newmoney.gr”: “Out of respect for our clients, we approach insurance as a social imperative. One of the things that distinguishes American Hellenic from competitors is that while we operate in the largest international shipping centers, on the other hand we offer bespoke services to our clients every step of the way operating as a local provider. We focus on providing highly innovative insurance products to shipowners, while we aim to double the value of the company’s initial investment within the next five years”.

Read full article in English: Tsakiris-Solarino (American Hellenic Hull) newmoney.gr

Read full article in Greek: Τσακίρης-Solarino (American Hellenic Hull), newmoney.gr

CEO’s interview in Club’s 41st currents edition

American Hellenic Hull remains on its dynamic upward trajectory after a profitable summer period. August was the company’s fifth consecutive month of profitable operations, thanks to the market continuing to firm and the company’s strong underwriting loss ratio of 64.7%.

At end of August, AHHIC had an insured fleet of 2,127 vessels – a year-on-year increase of 14% – with an average 7.98% line of cover. Written premium was 13% higher than at the same stage last year. Since the end of 2017 the company’s total assets have increased by 16%, while current assets are 332% of current liabilities. Long overdue items are at their lowest-ever level at about 1% while the company’s operating expenses are currently 14.3% below budgeted amounts.

In August the company’s capital stood at 116% of the Solvency Capital Requirement (SCR) and 166.6% of the Minimum Capital Requirement (MCR).

Read the full interview here

Currents Issue Number 41 – October 2018

Five consecutive months of profitable operations for American Hellenic Hull

American Hellenic, the American Club’s hull insurance subsidiary, remains on its dynamic upward trajectory after a profitable summer period. August was the company’s fifth consecutive month of profitable operations, thanks to the market continuing to firm and the company’s strong underwriting loss ratio of 64.7%.

At end of August, AHHIC had an insured fleet of 2,127 vessels – a year-on-year increase of 14% – with an average 7.98% line of cover. Written premium was 13% higher than at the same stage last year. During the year the company’s total assets have increased by 16%, while current assets are 332% of current liabilities. Long overdue items are at their lowest-ever level at about 1% while the company’s operating expenses are currently 14.3% below budgeted amounts.

In August the company’s capital stood at 116% of the Solvency Capital Requirement (SCR) and 166.6% of the Minimum Capital Requirement (MCR).

American Hellenic Hull in ‘The Times’ newspaper

American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company has been featured in The Times, the long-established UK daily newspaper.

In a Greece special report published on June 26, 2018, The Times identified insurance as a sector offering opportunities after the Greek economic crisis. It also noted that marine insurance is “a big player”, supported by the country’s shipping industry, which is “a global force” in the maritime business.

Highlighting American Hellenic Hull’s impressive year-on-year growth, The Times report interviewed company chief executive Ilias Tsakiris. Here is Mr Tsakiris’ full statement:

“The insurance company American Hellenic Hull had its best month in April, insuring 2,200 vessels – up 43 per cent on the year. Its chief executive Ilias Tsakiris says the backing of US entrepreneurs, along with the company’s Greek heritage, is helping it succeed, ‘’plus the fact that in this part of the world there are no real marine underwriters.’’

‘‘New growth will be coming from Europe and the US, and the Far East is a massive market of course – we have offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong. However, the insurance market there is very strong. To penetrate this market you have to have a strong track record and show you can serve the people well.’’

 

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