W. R. Berkley Corp. has formed a new marine division of its Berkley Offshore Underwriting Managers operating unit. Through its New York office, Berkley Offshore will underwrite a full spectrum of marine hull and liability coverages to brownwater vessel operators, ports, terminals and other marine entities based in the U.S. and Canada.
Brian Murphy has been named vice president – marine manager of Berkley Offshore. Murphy has more than 17 years of experience in the marine insurance market and currently serves on the Hull Committee at the American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU). He holds a B.S. in Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., and holds the CPCU and AMIM insurance designations.
Joining Murphy is Les Bogdan, who has been named vice president – marine liability. Bogdan has more than 24 years of insurance industry experience and currently serves on AIMU’s Liability Committee. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
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