Berkshire Hathaway Expands in Australia/NZ with Marine, Transport, Logistics

October 27, 2015

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (BHSI) has begun underwriting Marine, Transport & Logistics Liability Insurance in Australia and New Zealand. It has also appointed Barton Phillips, Head of Transport and Logistics, and Laetitia Roney, as Manager of Transport & Logistics Liability Insurance, based in BHSI’s new office in Brisbane.

Dimitry Zilberud, Head of Marine, BHSI Australia, described the new appointees as “exceptionally experienced marine insurance professionals;” adding that they would “further deepen our underwriting expertise and expand our geographic footprint in Australia and New Zealand.”

He also indicated that the new “marine, transport & logistics liability capabilities enhance our already formidable inventory of marine lines and enable customers and brokers to secure comprehensive, multi-line solutions with the financial strength of BHSI.”

The announcement explained that “BHSI is focusing its new marine, transport & logistics liability capabilities on key segments, including: port/terminal operators, transport/logistics operators, rail operators, cargo handling facilities, charterer’s liability, stevedoring operators, warehouseman’s liability, marina operators and ship repairers.”

Concerning the new appoinments for the Brisbane office BHSI noted that Barton has “more than two decades of experience in the insurance industry. He was most recently National Manager, Marine & Transport Liability Insurance, at Zurich Australia (formerly as Associated Marine). Before that, he was Managing Director of Thomas Miller Australasia, the manager of the TT Club in Australia & New Zealand. He is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, and a Member of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.

“Barton holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Queensland and a Master of Laws (Maritime) from the University of Southampton, UK. He also holds a Diploma of the Securities Institute of Australia.”

Roney brings “22 years in the marine insurance industry” to BHSI. “She was most recently Underwriting Manager, Marine & Transport Liability, at Zurich Australia and Manager, Commercial Marine Liability Insurance, at Associated Marine. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Maritime and Logistics Management, and is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF).

BHSI’s new office in Brisbane is located at: Level 18, 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

Source: Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (BHSI)

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