23rd BMUSF Biennial Marine Seminar

The 23rd BMUSF Biennial seminar back in a big way!
By: Bang Sin

After a four-year hiatus, the 23rd BMUSF (Board of Marine Underwriters of San Francisco) Biennial seminar took place April 21-22 in the beautiful city of San Francisco at the historic Palace Hotel.

The event was well-attended with over 250 guests from around the country and overseas including marine insurers, reinsurers, brokers, maritime attorneys, freight forwarders, jury consultants, academics from the California maritime academy (including students, professors and deans) and more. Great American had a strong presence with a large contingent from underwriting and claims, along with a few speakers and representatives on the planning committee.

The first day kicked off with the customary golf outing at the Presidio Golf Course where old and new colleagues could connect and relax, and ended in a similar fashion with a cocktail reception. Throughout the seminar, a series of outstanding speakers covered a variety of relevant and interesting topics such as the state of the insurance market, social inflation, supply chain disruption and the Russia/Ukraine war. As the premier west coast educational event, the seminar was filled with a wide variety of pressing marine insurance issues, including challenges, opportunities, and threats to the industry, much of which can affect the global economy.

There was a spirit of collaboration and excitement among attendees that was contagious. And despite some uncertainty among the planning committee of whether or not things would come together successfully after a four-year hiatus, this was resoundingly one of the best seminars we’ve had, and things felt “normal” again. We look forward to seeing you in 2024 for the 24th Biennial BMUSF seminar.

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