Maritime Knowledge Shipping Session (MKSS) 28

Organizer Name
Capital Tower, Singapore
Public event, registration required

In this Maritime Knowledge Shipping Session, we are pleased to have two specialists in the fields of ship classification and marine claims to share their expertise on the topic, Importance of Class on Marine Insurance & Claims. Through the presentations by the two distinguished speakers, participants can expect to gain a well-rounded understanding of the topic.

1. Mr. Anuj Singh, Client Support Manager, Lloyd’s Register Asia

Anuj Singh is a Client Support Manager with Lloyd’s Register Asia’s Singapore office. Anuj started his shipping industry career as a sea-going marine engineer, and was in that role for about 10 years before switching to a shore-based job as a surveyor with a classification society. His current portfolio involves him providing technical support to clients, and advising them on their enquiries and issues. He also advises clients on upcoming regulations from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), and the necessary compliance with Class rules. Anuj is also an active field surveyor, ISM/ISPS auditor and ILO Inspector. He has experience in the survey and audit of all types of ships, as well as those involving Hull/Machinery damage and repairs.


Classification societies play an important role in marine insurance, be it for underwriting or claims purposes. Participants can expect to learn more about the areas which classification societies cover (and do not cover), and the parties which they act on behalf for. The talk would cover key areas like how ships are classed, what the various class annotations refer to, the requirements which ships are subject to within the five-year validity of certification issued, and the link between classification societies and port state control agreements like the Paris and Tokyo MOUs. A scenario involving an incident at sea will also be used as a case study to shed more light on when classification societies act, what happens when they do, and how their report impacts on the ship’s voyage with ensuing implications for marine insurance.

2. Mr. Christian Ott, Vice President, Head of Claims, Skuld P&I Club Singapore Branch Office

Christian Ott is the Vice President, Head of Claims for the Skuld P&I Club Singapore Branch Office. By profession he is a Solicitor, having practised in London and Hong Kong. The Skuld Singapore Claims Team provides legal, arbitration and claims handling support for Members and Assureds that are located from India to Japan. They also provide claims support for their Re-insurance Partners at Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance. As part of his role, Christian is the Casualty Response Coordinator for any ship entered with the Singapore Branch Office. Additionally, he is the Global Leader of Skuld’s Loss Prevention Team. Previously, he worked for nine years in Hong Kong, with Skuld P&I and Law Firm Clyde & Co. He obtained his professional qualification as a Solicitor with Law Firm Holmes Hardingham in London. High profile cases include the MV Ocean Victory grounding, the collision between MV Xin Tai Hai and MV B Oceania, as well as the Bankruptcy litigation between Armada Singapore and Transfield. Skuld is a multi-line Marine Insurance provider, including the provision of P&I and Hull insurance for tonnage across the shipping spectrum, including Tankers, Gas Carriers, Bulkers, Container Ships, Ro-Ros, General Cargo Vessels, Heavy Lift Vessels, Offshore Vessels & Rigs as well as Cruise Ships.


The system of Class is, like many aspects of Shipping, something quite unique and traditional with a long history, just as Hull and Marine Insurance. While both Insurers and Class have developed their products, services and experience over time, they are still – essentially – providing the same key service to the Maritime Industry that they have always done. With the rise, however, of the modern era of ultra-sized casualties and liabilities, the role of Class, and its relationship with Marine Insurance, Claims and the potential legal liabilities for both Class and Insurers, is one that has come under increasing scrutiny and legal test. In the following presentation, an overview will be provided of the role of class with respect to Marine Insurance for Hull and P&I. Furthermore there will be an investigation into how Class has become a more visible player in marine casualties and ultimately a more frequent target of liability claims with respect to the classification of vessels that subsequently suffered significant incidents. The presentation will include a review of some of the aspects of the MV Prestige and MV Erika casualties, and subsequent litigation involving Class.

About the Organizer

Established in 1966, the General Insurance Association of Singapore (GIA) seeks to promote development of the general insurance sector and constantly works to make all aspects of general insurance easier and more effective for consumers, agents and insurers based in Singapore.

As a trade association, GIA is actively involved in the business community, representing the interests of member companies, and assists in identifying emerging trends and responds to issues affecting the industry.

The Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) was established on 27 January 2004 to facilitate dialogue and cooperation among maritime stakeholders from the public and private sectors. As the bridge between the public and private sectors, SMF aims to provide the industry with a clear and representative voice, and spearhead projects to boost its development.

SMF also organises and participates in a host of maritime events to strengthen the Maritime Singapore brand. To date, SMF has significantly benefitted from strong support from all sectors of the industry which has enabled the organisation to reach out directly to the community for new areas of work to improve the current maritime ecosystem.

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Students from the Singapore Management University and Nanyang Polytechnic were announced as winners of the challenges posed by Eastport Maritime, Kanda and Torvald Klaveness at the Prize Presentation held on 13 November 2021.

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SMF New Year Conversations 2022: Opportunities Amid Disruptions

The 2022 SMF New Year Conversations that took place on 13 January 2022 was graced by Guest-of-Honour Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Transport & Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations. Over 250 industry leaders across the breadth of maritime attended physically and virtually.
Singapore was announced to have secured the overall top spot as an international maritime centre for the fifth consecutive time in the DNV-Menon Leading Maritime Cities 2022 report.
Thank you to our industry partners for your strong support.

Mr. Lars Kastrup


Mr. Lars Kastrup is the Chief Executive Officer of Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd (PIL).

Prior to joining PIL, Mr. Kastrup was CEO of NOL/APL, and subsequently assumed the role of Executive Vice President, Strategy and M&A at CMA CGM Group. A veteran in the global shipping industry with over 30 years of experience, Mr Kastrup’s other roles include Executive Vice President of Assets at CMA CGM Group heading up CMA Terminals, CMA Ships, Container Logistics as well as regional carriers such as MacAndrews, OPDR and Mercosul; as well as Vice President at AP Moller-Maersk.
Mr. Kastrup complemented his tertiary education with leadership and management training at Penn State University and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Angeline Teo


Ms. Angeline Teo is the Managing Director and Head of Global Transportation and Offshore, Global Corporate Banking at OCBC Bank which focuses on the maritime, aviation, land & port ecosystems.
Ms. Teo has spent over three decades in maritime finance. Prior to OCBC, Ms. Teo was working at ING Bank, ABN Amro and DnB in Singapore focusing on maritime and offshore.
Ms. Teo graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Business Administration.

Mr. John Martin


Mr. John Martin began his career in London in 1989 with Richards Hogg Lindley Average Adjusters, and qualified as a Fellow of the UK Association of Average Adjusters in 2000.
At RHL he worked in their offices in Australia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In 2003 he joined Gard Hong Kong, as a claims handler. Mr. Martin also worked in Gard Japan, and in 2014 he moved to Singapore to set up the Gard Singapore office.
Besides running Gard Singapore, Mr. Martin also heads the P&I and H&M claims units and is the Senior Claims Representative for Gard in Asia.

Mr. Cyril Ducau


Mr. Cyril Ducau is the Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte Ltd, a leading shipping company headquartered in Singapore for the past 30 years.

He is also currently the Chairman of Kenon Holdings Ltd and a member of the board of directors of Gard P&I (Bermuda) Ltd. and of the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation Limited, which was established by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. He was previously Head of Business Development of Quantum Pacific Advisory Limited in London from 2008 to 2012 and acted as Director and Chairman of Pacific Drilling SA between 2011 and 2018.
Prior to joining Quantum Pacific Advisory Limited, Mr. Ducau was Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley & Co. International Ltd. in London between 2000 and 2008.
Mr. Ducau graduated from ESCP Europe Business School (Paris, Oxford, Berlin) and holds a Master of Science in business administration and a Diplom Kaufmann.