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Optima International Shipbroking Services

20th International P & I Conference (Webinar)

Optima International Shipbroking Services S.A. is participating as one of the sponsors at 20th International P & I Conference (Webinar) on 28th of January 2021.




14:00     Opening Address :

Ms. Irene S. Daifas  – CEO – Stavros Daifas Maritime Co. SA. – President of the BoD of the PMC


14 :05     Ms. Maria S. Prevezanou –  Director – Evmar Marine Services Ltd.  – Treasurer of the BoD of the PMC /

Organiser of the Conference


14:15       Introduction by the Chairman of the meeting : Mr. Lou Kollakis –  Honorary Chairman

Chartworld Shipping Corp.


14:20     Topic No 1 :

In what ways has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the way in which P&I insurers conduct their business? Which are merely ephemeral, and which are likely to endure?


Moderator  : 

Mr. George D. Gourdomichalis   Managing Director, Phoenix Shipping & Trading S.A


Speakers :

Mrs. Alexandra Couvadelli           Senior Claims Director of P&I and FD&D, The UK Club


Mr. Kjell-Åke Augustsson             Senior Vice President, Head of Skuld Piraeus, Skuld


Mr. James Bamforth                       Head of Claims, Claims Manager, The Swedish Club


Mr. Francis Vrettos                          Director of Piraeus Office, Steamship Insurance Management Services Ltd


Questions & Answers


15:05      Topic No 2:

How sustainable are the individual Clubs and IG current competition practices in regard to premium rating, renewal policies and the continuing subsidy of underwriting losses from investment income, given relentlessly rising Pool claims, the negative effect of COVID-19 on several sectors of the shipping industry and the uncertainties of the global economy going forward?


Moderator  :

Mr. Dinos Caroussis                        Director, Chios Navigation ( Hellas ) Ltd.


Speakers : 

Mr. Paul Jennings                             CEO, The North of England P&I Association Limited, Chairman of the International Group of P&I Clubs


Mr. Tom Bowsher                            Group CEO, West of England Insurance Services SA


Mr. Rolf  Thore Roppestad          CEO, Gard AS


Mr. Steve Roberts                            Director, The London P&I Club


Mr. Dimitris Batalis                         General Manager – Greece, The Shipowners Club (SOP)


Questions & Answers


16:00      Topic No. 3:

Looking back over the twenty years since the first Seminar, how is the P&I world different from how it was then? Is it better, or worse, from the shipowner’s point of view? Looking forward, what are the major challenges which will confront the P&I world in the years to come?


Moderator :

Mr. Lou Kollakis                              Honorary Chairman, Chartworld Shipping Corp.


Speakers :

Mr.  Joe Hughes                                CEO, The American Club


Mr. Philip Stephenson                   Regional Claims Director, The Standard Club


Mr. Konstantinos Samaritis         Divisional Director, Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Limited


Questions & Answers


16:45      Closing remarks by the Chairman Mr. Lou Kollakis

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