Howden’s Netherlands marine and liability broking operation launched

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Howden Broking Group, part of Hyperion Insurance Group, has announced the opening of a new Rotterdam-based marine insurance operation. The start-up will work predominantly in the Dutch Marine and Liability sectors, including Construction and all associated risks. The team is led by Jan Oosterom and Martin Besemer, formerly of Rotterdam brokers Concordia de Keizer.

Adrian Colosso, CEO of Howden Broking Group commented: “This is an important milestone within our strategy of creating a leading global marine practice. The Netherlands is an important territory for us, especially with the largest port in Europe. We already have a significant portfolio here, so the launch of an operation to serve clients directly is a natural progression for us. Jan and Martin both have extensive knowledge of the local market, and are well-respected in the shipping community. Now, with access to Howden’s wider marine capabilities, we can enhance the service we provide to our growing client base.”

Oosterom, Managing Director of Howden Insurance Brokers Nederland added: “This is an exciting time to join Howden, as we work with the wider Group to deliver a range of marine insurance solutions for clients who will benefit from access to one of the largest niche marine capabilities in the market. Placing international business in the local market also presents Howden with a strong opportunity for growth in the region.”