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Archives for August 2019

American P&I Club Managers announce appointments enhancing the experience and capabilities of their Global Services Teams

One appointment in the London office and two in Hong Kong


NEW YORK, NY, AUGUST 28, 2019: In a circular to Members of the American P&I Club, its Managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. (SCB), have today announced that Arsinoi Iliokaftou has been appointed Claims Executive in London, to add further strength to its existing capabilities in the claims liaison sphere, whilst in the Managers’ Hong Kong office, Vicky Cheng and Joe Wan have been appointed as Business Development Executives – Asia to assist in the Club’s and Eagle Ocean Marine (EOM)’s initiatives in this key region of their global activity.

Arsinoi Iliokaftou is a fully-qualified Greek lawyer, as well as holding a master’s degree in maritime law from the City University in London, and is in the process of qualifying as an English solicitor; she is also a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers of the United Kingdom. Prior to joining the management team, Arsinoi worked for several years in the London office of another Group club. In addition to her academic and professional qualifications, Arsinoi has extensive practical experience of claims matters of all kinds from every part of the world.

Having gained under- and post-graduate degrees at Shanghai Maritime University, Fudan University, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in disciplines ranging from international economics to trade policy and transport logistics, Vicky Cheng served most recently as client manager in the marine department of a major international insurance broker in Hong Kong. Her technical knowledge of the shipping business, coupled with her marine insurance experience, will lend impetus to the Club’s and EOM’s outreach to Members, Insureds, brokers and prospects throughout Asia.

Holding bachelor and master’s degrees in law from the East China University of Political Science and Law and the City University of Hong Kong, Joe Wan also has significant marine insurance experience derived from his previous employment at a leading specialist broker in Hong Kong during which he handled many lines of marine business. As in the case of his colleague Vicky, Joe’s appointment will add considerable strength to the Club’s and EOM’s commercial and developmental capabilities over the months and years ahead.

Joe Hughes, Chairman and CEO of SCB, Inc. and Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc., managers of the American Club and EOM respectively, commented:

“We are delighted to welcome a group of outstanding professionals to both the American Club’s and EOM’s global teams. My colleagues and I are certain that Arsinoi, Vicky and Joe will add great momentum to the Club’s and Eagle Ocean Marine’s continuing success in growing its market footprint throughout the world, adding value as they do so to the Club’s and EOM’s commitment to service to its Members, insureds and their intermediaries.”

Notes to Editors

The American Club

American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (the American Club) was established in New York in 1917. It is the only mutual Protection and Indemnity Club domiciled in the entire Americas and its headquarters are in New York, USA.

The American Club has been successful in recent years in building on its US heritage to create a truly international insurer with a global reach second-to-none in the industry. Day to day management of the American Club is provided by Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. also headquartered in New York.

The Club is able to provide local service for its members across all time zones, communicating in eleven languages, and has subsidiary offices located in London, Piraeus, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Houston, plus a worldwide network of correspondents.

The Club is a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs, a collective of thirteen mutuals which together provide Protection and Indemnity insurance for some 90% of all world shipping.

For more information, please visit the Club’s website

P&I Insurance

Protection and Indemnity insurance (commonly referred to as “P&I”) provides cover to shipowners and charterers against third-party liabilities encountered in their commercial operations; typical exposures include damage to cargo, pollution, death/injury or illness of passengers or crew or damage to docks and other installations. Running in parallel with a ship’s hull and machinery cover, traditional P&I cover distinguishes itself from usual forms of marine insurance by being based on the not-for-profit principle of mutuality where Members of the Club are both the insurers and the assureds.

Sustainable footwear company Allbirds selects GEODIS to support its European E-Commerce expansion

Global supply chain operator GEODIS has been chosen by Allbirds to service sales through its newly launched e-commerce website, which caters to 12 European markets, including Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Scandinavia. GEODIS Netherlands will manage all of Allbirds’s warehouse activities for these new markets from its central e-fulfillment hub in Venlo. San Francisco-based Allbirds, known for their sustainable trainers made from natural materials, have also announced the opening of a physical retail store in Berlin, coming later in the year. With the partnership GEODIS will significantly support Allbirds’s European expansion and strengthen its position in fulfillment of retail e-commerce.

The e-commerce business will partly consist of single product orders. Aligning with Allbirds’s mission to tread lightly on the planet, GEODIS aims for maximum efficiency and minimal warehouse movements. It has introduced a new efficient order-picking process for single-piece flow, which means that in just one pick run, all single piece orders will be selected in bulk. The products will then be labelled customer specific at the packing stations. GEODIS will also control inbound quality and is implementing an innovative new app that uses images of the shoes to identify faults and which allows the auditor to send pictures of products that don’t meet Allbirds’s high standard.

Mark van den Assem, Managing Director of GEODIS Netherlands, said: “We are very proud that Allbirds has chosen GEODIS as its warehouse partner. We believe that our knowledge of e-fulfillment and innovative warehouse solutions will contribute significantly to Allbirds’s success in the European market.”



GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide.

In 2017, GEODIS accounted for over 40,500 employees globally and generated €8.1 billion in sales. In 2018, the Company has recently been recognized as leader by Gartner in its 3PL Magic Quadrant.

GEODIS appoints new Industrial Projects Director for Germany

AUGUST 14, 2019


Peter Anetsberger, Industrial Projects Director, GEODIS Freight Forwarding in Germany

GEODIS announced the appointment of Peter Anetsberger as Industrial Projects Director for GEODIS Freight Forwarding in Germany. Starting from July 1, 2019, he is heading Industrial Projects unit and overlooking its overall business growth.

Since 1 July, Peter Anetsberger has held the position of Director of Industrial Projects, a business division with significant growth potential. He reports to Antje Lochmann, Managing Director of the Freight Forwarding division of GEODIS in Germany: “Peter Anetsberger is one of our most experienced specialists. With his great commitment, he will further develop the German team in order to make a significant contribution to the further success of the company. As a key element in the product portfolio of GEODIS in Germany, Industrial Projects is in the strategic focus of the company.”

Peter Anetsberger has more than 35 years of work experience gained in various executive positions in Germany, Turkey, and Middle East. He began his career at GEODIS in 2007 in Freight Forwarding Air / Ocean & Overland Determent where he was responsible for the development and management of large-scale projects. Following his dedication and expertise, Peter has taken the role of Director of Business Development Europe in the Capital Projects / Industrial Projects division since 2018.


GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

Dachser is building in Neumünster

(l-r)  Jan-Ferdinand Lühmann, Operations Manager European Logistics Dachser Neumünster; Paul Bartram, Bartram Bau-Systeme; Alexander Tonn, Managing Director European Logistics Germany bei Dachser and Dr, Olaf Tauras, Mayor of Neumünster.

Neumünster/Kempten, August 7, 2019. The logistics provider Dachser is starting the construction of a new branch in Neumünster in the far north of Germany. Dachser is building a transit terminal for industrial goods and food at Isarstrasse on the industrial estate south of Neumünster. This investment is worth some EUR 17.4 million. Construction is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2020. Around 30 employees will work in the new logistics center.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held on the grounds at Isarstrasse and attended by Dr. Olaf Tauras, Mayor of Neumünster, and Alexander Tonn, Managing Director European Logistics Germany, on August 7, 2019. Tonn is responsible for the German branches of the European Logistics business line (overland transport and contract logistics for industrial goods).

Construction work on the 57,000-square-meter plot of land will start at the beginning of September. The total area of the terminal is 6,700 square meters. Of this floor space, 5,000 square meters will handle industrial goods, with the remaining 1,700 square meters cooled and devoted to food transit. The facility will have 76 docking bays for the loading and unloading of trucks. An office building of 1,000 square meters will complement the terminal.

“Neumünster will become another key terminal for Dachser in the far north of Germany. This new location will connect directly into our extensive European overland transport network,” Tonn says, adding that “the new construction complies with the latest standards and offers secure and sustainable jobs in logistics within the region.”

Dachser’s new terminal in Neumünster will replace its long-standing partner, 17111 Transit Transport & Logistik. In the future, this site will serve almost the whole of Schleswig-Holstein, but for now the collaboration will continue until the Dachser branch has been completed. The new location has good transport connections, situated directly on the B205 highway with direct access to the A7 highway.

About Dachser:

A family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, Dachser offers transport logistics, warehousing, and customer-specific services in two business fields: Dachser Air & Sea Logistics and Dachser Road Logistics. The latter consists of two business lines: Dachser European Logistics and Dachser Food Logistics. Comprehensive contract-logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s offerings. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems ensure intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Thanks to some 30,600 employees at 399 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.6 billion in 2018. That same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 83.7 million shipments weighing 41.3 million metric tons. Country organizations represent Dachser in 44 countries.

For more information about Dachser, please visit

TT Club Supportive of Container Line Moves to Punish ‘Mis-declarers’

London, 8th August, 2019 A number of container lines have recently announced measures to discourage shippers from mis-declaring hazardous cargoes, which is a practice strongly suspected as being either the cause of, or at least contributory to, the spate of container ship fires in recent months.

TT Club welcomes such initiatives by liner operators as the international transport insurer has growing concerns about the lax cargo packing practices and erroneous, sometimes fraudulent, declaration of cargoes. Under the banners ‘Cargo Integrity’ and #Fit4Freight, TT Club has been collaborating with stakeholders through the freight supply chain to highlight on-going risks, including severe ship fires, arising from poorly packed and declared cargo.

In light of the increase in incidents, the loss of life, significant costs and delays to cargo deliveries, the lines are strengthening their inspection procedures and imposing fines on those shippers found to have mis-declared.

Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club’s Risk Management Director commented, “Clearly, the shipper has primary responsibility to declare fully and honestly so that carriers are able to take appropriate actions to achieve safe transport. Since this is not always the case, carriers have to put in place increasingly sophisticated and costly control mechanisms to ‘know their customers’, screen booking information and physically inspect shipments. Equally, carriers have the opportunity to review any barriers to accurate shipment declaration, including minimising any unnecessary restrictions and surcharges. Penalising shippers where deficiencies are found should be applauded. Furthermore, government enforcement agencies are encouraged to take appropriate action under national or international regulations to deter poor practices further.”

TT Club’s Cargo Integrity campaign seeks not only to promote awareness of good practice, such as set out in the CTU Code[1], but also to reveal the plethora of influences from both direct and indirect stakeholders within the supply chain that result in behaviours leading to dangerous incidents on land or at sea.

“A key element of the campaign is to identify levers – both sticks and carrots – that are available to improve a safety culture in container transport, including considering unintended consequences inherent in trading arrangements or fiscal/security interventions and the possibilities presented by technological innovation,” .



About TT Club

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club’s membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice. TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller.

Eagle Ocean Marine enjoys another successful year as it continues to enhance its reputation for service excellence

Recent promotions and the acquisition of new talent strengthen and expand service capabilities

Growing premium and market share, coupled with continuing profitability, augur well for the future

NEW YORK, AUGUST 1, 2019: Eagle Ocean Marine (EOM), the American Club’s fixed premium P & I and FD & D facility, recently completed another year of steady growth and solid profitability. It has also renewed its reinsurance program for another twelve months from July 1 on favorable terms at Lloyd’s. Its consistently strong operating performance, together with an established reputation for service excellence, augur well for EOM’s continuing success over the years ahead.

EOM offers attentive, competitively-priced Protection and Indemnity and Freight, Demurrage and Defense insurance to the operators of smaller vessels, typically those in local and regional trades, who prefer a fixed premium approach to their P & I needs.

It provides the benefits of American Club primary cover and service capabilities, co-venturing the first layer of insurance protection with underwriters at Lloyd’s on a quota-share basis. Lloyd’s syndicates also participate in the facility’s excess reinsurance arrangements for limits up to $500 million per risk. In this way, EOM offers the unsurpassed levels of service associated with an International Group club, underpinned by the impeccable security of reinsurance at Lloyd’s.

EOM insures ships from all over the world except the United States. It enjoys a strong presence in Asia, approximately 43% of its business currently being derived from Northeast Asia and 41% from South and Southeast Asia. However, its share of the market in Europe, the Middle East and Africa has also grown over recent years, and now accounts for about 13% of its total portfolio.

EOM’s premium income has advanced steadily since it commenced operations in 2011, its compound annual growth rate being almost exactly 15% over the period. Moreover, the insurance year just concluded featured a topline increase in revenue of approximately 42% over the previous twelve months which was itself 16% higher than the year before. Total premium revenue for the year to June 30, 2019 was in excess of $13 million, a record. It is expected that income will continue to grow over the forthcoming twelve months and beyond.

At the operating level, the last several years have enjoyed consistently good results. The incidence and severity of claims have remained at moderate levels, reflecting a prudent policy of risk selection and premium pricing, notwithstanding a highly competitive commercial environment. Since it commenced operations in 2011, EOM has generated an aggregate combined ratio of under 70%. This, together with confidence in EOM’s prospects generally, informed the recent favorable renewal of its reinsurances, with several new underwriters joining the program.

Following an extensive redeployment of its human resources, Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc., the Manager of EOM, and an affiliate of Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., the Manager of the American Club, has made several key appointments over recent months.

In April, Chris Lowe was appointed as EOM Senior Marketing Business Development Liaison, Despina Beveratou assumed the role of Claims Liaison Manager and Jamie Baggett assumed the position of EOM Marketing and Business Development liaison. All these existing members of the EOM London team were well-known both to EOM’s and the American Club’s business counterparts, having worked in the London liaison office for several years in related roles.

In June, Richard Linacre, a well-known and highly experienced P&I professional with a broad industry background, joined EOM’s London team with important market liaison and business development responsibilities, bringing additional expertise and technical capabilities with him.

In addition to these changes, Simon Collins has continued to fulfill his important duties as consultant to the Managers in their London office. A highly regarded P&I professional with unmatched industry experience as both underwriter and broker, Simon will continue to have a vital role in the development of EOM-related business in that office, as well as in regard to its affairs generally.

Further key appointments are expected in London on the claims liaison front over the weeks ahead and, from a business development perspective, in Hong Kong over a similar timeframe. Further announcements in this respect will be made in due course.

Speaking in New York today, Joe Hughes, Chairman and CEO of Eagle Ocean Agencies, was thoroughly upbeat: “We are very pleased to report that EOM continues to enjoy a strong operating performance. Its increasing market share and steady profitability speak to a very promising outlook over the years ahead. We remain determined to make EOM a growing success for all its stakeholders: its insureds, the American Club, its reinsurers and its many other business associates.

“We have been particularly pleased to enhance EOM’s service capabilities in recent months through the promotion of existing staff and the recruitment of new talent. Our EOM team enjoys the highest of reputations within the market, and its continuing success is very much a reflection of the people we have in place to service EOM’s business throughout the world.

“We continue to take the long view when it comes to growing EOM’s position in the market. We will not lose sight of the need to apply careful risk selection, sensible pricing, effective loss prevention and unsurpassed claims service in building EOM’s reputation in the future. Inspired by the traditions of classic P & I mutuality, EOM will continue to occupy a special place in the fixed premium domain for all those who desire a high-quality approach to their insurance needs. We are confident that EOM’s business model will enjoy increasing success over the years ahead”.


NOTE: Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc., is a member of the New York-based Eagle Ocean Group of companies – North America’s leading provider of mutual management, underwriting, adjusting, claims handling, surveying and loss consultancy services to the international shipping and insurance communities. Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc.’s core business is the provision of coverholder and related services to a variety of insurance carriers.