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As late summer evenings go, the weather for HANSEATIC UNDERWRITERS 10th „German P&I Summer Lounge“ could not have been better.

Some 250 guests from all parts of the shipping world, locally and internationally, joined the Hanseatic team on 8 September 2016 at the fabulous waterside venue “Altonaer Kaispeicher”, a converted warehouse by the Elbe.

Company founder and Managing Partner Dr. Harald Zeller and the Managing Directors Captain Bert Wardetzki and Tobias Braun welcomed the guests and thanked all customers and partners for their support and highly productive cooperation. Despite yet another challenging year in the maritime industry and the related P&I market, HANSEATIC UNDERWRITERS can look back on a fruitful year of continued growth and global consolidation.

Underwriting consortium partners from Lloyds joined the team and guests to celebrate the partnership of first class security and first class service; the portfolio has grown to some 1,800 vessels (around 3m GT) for shipowners’ P&I and more than 1,400 charterers’ P&I as well as FD&D (legal protection) policies, generating an annual premium of some USD21m.

The guests enjoyed an excellent barbecue buffet with plenty of restorative cold drinks in the usual relaxed atmosphere of gossiping, networking and knowledge exchange which makes the event unique.

Bert Wardetzki, Dr. Harald Zeller, Tobias Braun

Bert Wardetzki, Dr. Harald Zeller, Tobias Braun

The team at Hanseatic Underwriters is grateful to all those shipowners, charterers, insurers, re-insurers, correspondents, lawyers, brokers, consultants and other experts of the global shipping community who helped make it a record turnout – with near-record temperatures, ‘Summer Lounge 10’ was another (late) night to remember!