American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company is among the leading signatory companies to the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) and a member of the global community of banks, insurers and investors of UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).
Endorsed by the UN Secretary-General and insurance industry CEOs, the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) serve as a global framework for the insurance industry to address environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities—and a global initiative to strengthen the insurance industry’s contribution as risk managers, insurers and investors to building resilient, inclusive and sustainable communities and economies.
As a marine insurer, American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company provides hull and machinery services to the international shipping industry that is currently called upon to adapt to a wide range of challenges. Not least among these are new requirements deriving from the International Maritime Organization’s regulations aimed at reducing industry’s impact in the environment and new risks related to sustainability.
“At American Hellenic Hull, we fully support the UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance, aiming to incorporate the social, environmental and business emerging issues into our sustainable and holistic approach, while working together with the insurance industry and the United Nations. In addition, we acknowledge that signing the PSI is a concrete example of sustainability leadership and commitment and we stand ready to adopt all four of the Principles for Sustainable Insurance.
Since inception, our company has sought to be a leader within our sector in offering greater transparency, responsiveness to clients, greater reliability and more awareness of risk to the shipping market. We are prioritizing Sustainable Development Goals at all levels of company activity. Safety, security and sustainability are at the heart of our underwriting and claims processes.” stated Mr. Ilias Tsakiris, CEO of AHHIC, to the Board Members of the PSI initiative.
AHHIC believes in being proactive to achieve a more sustainable future. This is particularly important in the marine insurance sector, given the essential role of insurance and the pivotal role that maritime transport plays in global sustainability.
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”
Prestigious industry event honours historic shipping personalities as well as strongly supporting children’s charity Hellenic Hope
American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company was once again for 2019 among the leading supporters of the annual Greek Shipping Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Dinner.
The Hall of Fame dinner, one of the most prestigious events in the maritime calendar, honours the historic greats of the Greek shipping industry and each year two new Inductees are unveiled, based on the votes of the organisation’s distinguished Academy of members.
As a Premium Sponsor of the event, which also supports the worthy Greek children’s charity Hellenic Hope, American Hellenic was acting as one of the strongest supporters of the event for the fourth straight year.
“We are proud to be a leading supporter of the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame,” said the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Ilias Tsakiris. “Our management roots are in Greek shipping, a business community that for many decades has played a lading role in global seaborne transportation.
“The Hall of Fame honors the personal commitment, imagination and expertise of some of the industry’s historic personalities, who have helped Greek shipping adapt over the years to remain at the forefront of the maritime adventure,” he continued.
“The maritime industry never stands still and American Hellenic’s team provides a personal, innovative and experienced service that meets the evolving needs of shipowners,” Mr Tsakiris added.
About 650 guests including many leading shipowners together with their business partners from Greece and overseas participated in the glittering event at Megaron, the Athens Concert Hall.
The event concluded with the announcement of the latest Inductees to the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame – George S. Coumantaros (1922-2016) and John P. Goulandris (1907-1950). The two past giants of the industry bring to 30 the number of Inductees now in the Hall of Fame, which was launched in 2007.
The event raised a total of Euros 44,000 for the children’s charity Hellenic Hope. The Greek Shipping Hall of Fame has partnered with the charity for the last six years.
Attached photo: American Hellenic Hull Chief Executive Officer Ilias Tsakiris being interviewed at the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Dinner 2019 in Athens
The World Maritime University (WMU), founded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), has widened its focus to include the marine hull and machinery insurance sector for the first time, thanks to a new cooperation with American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company (AHHIC).
AHHIC and WMU sealed their cooperation with a highly successful joint event held at the university’s headquarters in Malmo, Sweden, on Wednesday, April 3.
At the event, AHHIC’s Chief Executive Officer Ilias Tsakiris shared his knowledge and experience in marine insurance with WMU students, who are seen as future key maritime decision-makers in numerous countries across the world.
Mr Tsakiris’ presentation followed a fruitful debate, during which the students raised questions on the future of the marine insurance market and the emerging issues related to IMO’s new regulations.
Mr Tsakiris’ visit to the university included a meeting with Prof. G. Theocharidis and WMU President Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry that enabled them to discuss concerns related tο new trends in shipping and marine insurance, as well as details of the future cooperation between AHHIC and the WMU.
As the sole cooperation of its kind between a marine hull insurance company and the WMO, American Hellenic Hull’s initiative is considered important for greater understanding of the marine insurance sector as well as underlining the status of the Piraeus and Limassol maritime service clusters.
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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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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:
Enhancing education in the most remote areas.
Greek-American marine insurance company American Hellenic Hull (AHHIC) and its CEO, Ilias Tsakiris, have made one Arkoi student inhabitant’s dream a reality.
Arkoi is a small island in the Aegean that is the location of the smallest primary school in the European Union. It currently has only one student. AHHIC’s sponsorship has enabled the establishment of the island’s first lending library. The library already counts more than 1,000 books donated mainly by Greeks living abroad, and there are many more to come before the summer period.
The key person in the success of the project is the teacher Ms. Maria Faedra Tsialera, recently honored by the Academy of Athens, Greece’s National Academy, both for her daily struggle to keep the island’s school open and for her consistency in performing her duties. Her efforts include trying to attract new habitants to the island, especially children.
A joint venture of the American P&I Club and Hellenic Hull Management, American Hellenic Hull covers hull and machinery and war risks for most classes of vessel, including general cargo vessels, dry balk carriers, all types of tanker, container ships, gas carriers and passenger vessels.
Read full article in English: American Hellenic Hull Donation to Arkoi’s primary school hosting a single student_newmoney.gr
Read full article in Greek: American Hellenic Hull: Δωρεά στο σχολείο των Αρκών με τον έναν μαθητή_newmoney.gr
“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.