Castel Underwriting Agencies has announced the appointment of Gert van Middelkoop as head of its new Marine Centre of Excellence.
Van Middelkoop is responsible for the development and oversight for a marine book of business in the UK and continental Europe.
The newly established Marine Centre of Excellence with teams in London and Rotterdam will focus on all classes of marine business including cargo, hull and liability.
He joins from Navigators where he was head of marine international division overseeing all marine operations in Continental Europe, Asia and Latin America.
He has held senior marine underwriting roles with AIG, CV Starr and Torus (now StarStone). His marine experience extends into surveying and claims with several years working as a marine surveyor and loss adjuster.
Mark Birrell, CEO of Castel, said: “Gert brings Castel an unrivalled track record and reputation in the marine insurance market. His experience and knowledge will be important as we build our presence in this market and take advantage of the opportunities offered by the prevailing conditions.”