Aviation, Marine & Drones

9 July 2017, 12:08


At the recent Insurance Conference at Sun City, the insurance industry was challenged with the theme of “Disrupt, Debate and Deliver”.

We don’t have to look far to see how the increase in drone activity is disrupting daily activities far more frequently. This machine is synonymous with the military world, but of late, we have seen many more people using them as more than toys.

Along with the use of these devices comes many new challenges in regulation and insurance, not to forget the liability aspect.

In the next Insurance Bootcamp, we are going to be unpacking some specialist insurance fields and present to you discussions on marine, aviation and drone insurance.

There have been a vast number of changes and events in the marine and aviation space that we as the insurance industry need to become more aware of. We will look at case studies such as the APL Austria matter. It was a vessel that caught fire on 12 February 2017 while en route from Singapore to Cape Town. A general average was declared. We will unpack this case study and its relevance to South African marine insurance.

We will also focus on the future of drone insurance, while eliminating uncertainties with the Civil Aviation Authorities Regulations section 101. Drones have dictated a new direction in aviation and so we will at it with great care.

The nature of these discussions will be an introduction to these specialist fields and the aim is for each delegate to ignite a desire to delve further into them.

Come and join us as we bring experts in these fields to share their vast experiences with you. We look forward to seeing you there.






Mike Patterson
– managing director of Patterson & Associates

Patterson has been involved in the marine insurance and surveying industry since 1981. He has had the opportunity to work in most of Africa and in other parts of the world on behalf of local and international insurers globally. His survey and investigative work relates to the investigation of Marine Insurance Cargo claims arising from transportation by sea, air and land. Survey work can also include investigation of warehouse fires, export/import risk assessments and loading and discharge surveys on high value/high volume/high risk cargos.


Pieter Niemand
– specialist underwriter at Oakhurst Insurance

Niemand has over 30 years of insurance and aviation experience. As an insurance veteran with an impressive track record, he was an independent broker for over 20 years specialising in aviation and general commercial insurance. As an aircraft owner and broker, this afforded Niemand the opportunity to insure, learn and understand the aviation market.

Developing people and products is his passion, with his most recent and proud achievement developing the leading drone insurance product. Off the radar, Niemand is involved in community work and developing entrepreneurs as a life coach and business developer. He believes that attitude, not aptitude, gives you altitude.


Estelle Bond (Cape Town Seminar)
– senior business development manager at Hollard Marine

Bond started her marine insurance career issuing Lloyd’s insurance certificates at a brokerage in Bedfordview. Now 14 years later, she is managing the marine insurance book of Hollard Cape Town. Over the course of her career, she has worked at Prestmarine International, Regent, Marsh, Associated Marine and Etana, now acquired by Hollard Insurance. These places introduced her to new people, big ideas and global concepts. “Marine insurance was not my chosen field of expertise; it just chose me. I am very passionate about marine insurance and the value that we add to the economy when disaster strikes.”


Bonita Weeks (Durban Seminar)
– business development manager – KZN and East London at Hollard Marine

Weeks started her marine insurance career straight out of school in March 1991 at Commercial Union. Associated Marine, the first marine UMA, was formed in 1992 between Guardian National and Commercial Union, and eventually over the years was 100% owned by Santam. She worked there for 19 years, of which the last eight years Weeks held the position of branch manager.

In 2010, she was offered a challenge to open and head up the Etana marine branch in Durban from scratch. Etana eventually became Hollard Insurance and Weeks heads up Hollard Marine for five Hollard branches in KZN and East London.

She has a licentiate in short-term insurance and has lectured for the Etana Academy, UKZN and the IIKZN on several occasions.


Justin Ogle (Johannesburg Seminar)
– business development manager of Hollard Marine

Ogle started his career as a product manager at Guardrisk where he was involved with claims and the marketing of cargo insurance. Thereafter followed four years at Old Mutual Insure (then Mutual & Federal) as marine portfolio manager. Ogle is currently marine business development manager at Hollard.








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    Marine Underwriting Managers