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Navigators opens Belgium office

Navigators Underwriting Agency, a subsidiary of The Navigators Group, has established Navigators NV, the company's Belgian subsidiary, with the opening of a new office in Antwerp. The new specialist marine underwriting unit is Navigators' first office in continental Europe.

Stan Galanski, CEO of Navigators, said, Antwerp is a significant maritime center, home to the second largest port in Europe. Our local presence in this historic city will allow Navigators to access a client base which we do not currently reach through our UK operations, and reflects our ongoing commitment to developing attractive niche opportunities in local markets in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe.

Jan Dela Ruelle is the marine underwriting manager and Ivan Eggermont the marine claims manager at Navigators NV. Both are experienced in the Belgian and international marine insurance markets. During its first year of operation, Navigators NV will focus on three product areas: transport liabilities, cargo and marine liabilities.

The Navigators Group is an international insurance holding company with insurance company operations, underwriting management companies, and operations at Lloyd’s of London. Headquartered in New York City, Navigators has offices in major insurance centers in the UK and US.