Rokstone Boosts Its Reach on Marine Cargo

This Monday Aug. 28, 2017 image provided by the Port of Virginia shows the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt being unloaded at the Virginia International Gateway in Norfolk, Va. The arrival of the ship breaks the record for largest container ship ever to visit the Port of Virginia and the East Coast. (Keith Lanpher/Port of Virginia via AP)

Rokstone, the International Speciality (Re)Insurance MGA part of Aventum Group, has announced the launch of a new USD$18m Global Facultative General Marine Cargo facility, backed by A rated global carriers, as it continues to grow its geographic and digital presence and diversify its speciality product range. 

The facility uniquely includes USD$5m for niche selective cargo treaties, offering carriers writing specialist products with proven track records, new innovative reinsurance capacity solutions using the same A rated global carriers. The MGA will also be launching additional Direct wholesale capacity in the next few months.

Rokstone has secured Robert Birchard, one of the London market’s most experienced underwriters in this sector with 43 years’ experience in Lloyd’s, to join the MGA as a Cargo Underwriter to lead and grow the Marine division.  Robert started his career in 1978 at the Sturge Syndicates in Lloyd’s before spending time as a Lloyd’s broker.  He then spent 12 years as a Cargo Underwriter on the XL syndicate before taking the position as Senior Cargo and Specie Underwriter for Sirius International.  Latterly he spent time writing Cargo and Specie at Starstone, Argenta and the MGA K2 International.

Robert Birchard comments: “I’m thrilled and excited to be joining the Aventum family.  It is a Group that has achieved incredible growth over the last few years and appears to have unfathomable ambition and I’m genuinely excited to be a part of that roadmap.  Marine Cargo is a sustainable class that has seen incredible rate rises and adjustment to terms during this hard market.  Compared to any previous hard markets, even post 9/11, I’ve not seen rate rises like this before.  Now is certainly the best time in 20 years to write Cargo business.”

Rokstone is one of the world’s largest MGAs, with offices in the UK, Europe, USA, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  It is a leading specialist MGA serving the needs of international (re)insurance brokers in specialty lines business.  It currently underwrites USD$500m GWP in several specialty lines including Marine, Terrorism & Political Violence, Direct & Facultative Property, Treaty Property, Construction & Engineering and Liability.  

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