AM&T (Allianz Marine and Transit Underwriting Agency) is a specialist in the Australian marine and transit insurance market. The team at AM&T are considered the trusted partner for brokers when it comes to the complex world of marine.
This year, AM&T celebrates 10 years of successful business operations. To commemorate this milestone, we look back on its history to celebrate the team and its success and look ahead to what’s in store for the insurer.
Where it all began…
At AM&T, we’ve always been proud of the depth of experience within our team. Today, we are extremely proud to be celebrating an incredible milestone with Michele Ostowari.
Michele celebrates 40 years working in the Allianz family. From her first day, when Allianz had just opened their office in Australia, navigating through mergers, massive advancements in product and technology, then switching to marine insurance, Michele continues to have a positive attitude and support her team through thick and thin.
To our valued clients,
It’s been 165 days since I took on the role of CEO at AM&T and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the entire team for their support and for being such wonderful advocates for what we do.
At AM&T, we’ve remained focused on our purpose and ensuring we provide deep specialist knowledge and exceptional service and support to the broker community.
Brenda Todaro joined the AM&T team in Melbourne in November 2020. Whilst her time with the team has only been short it certainly has been sweet.
Brenda brings years of experience, knowledge and understanding to the team and even though most of the time has been spent working from home, her laughter has resonated through our team zoom calls and her personable approach when dealing with brokers shines through with positivity.
In our latest 5 minutes with the team interview, we get to know Brenda a little better.
Vikram Dogra has been with the AM&T team for 5 years. In fact, we recently celebrated his 5-year work anniversary.
Vikram brings years of technical underwriting experience to the team. His policy knowledge is second to none and he thrives in the detail and complexities of marine underwriting. Many brokers may know Vikram as our go-to person for support and advice with AM&T online policies.
In our latest 5 minutes with the team interview series, we get to know Vikram a little better.
Did you know that AM&T cargo and carriers policies are available to quote, bind and renew online via your broker package on the Sunrise Exchange via Allianz Australia's Evolution platform?
In 2012 Allianz Australia Insurance Limited was developing an agency strategy for niche business areas. Realising the benefits of enabling specialist lines of business, like marine and transit insurance, to be managed and developed in a “hot house” environment by dedicated specialist staff with deep experience in, and passion for, their chosen area of the industry.
AM&T commenced its operations as a specialist marine and transit underwriting agency on behalf of Allianz Australia Insurance Limited 9 years ago this month.
Chris Kelly is AM&T’s Operations Manager and our team’s ‘go-to’ for everything technology related. He’s been with AM&T for over 11 years and during this time, he has worn many hats from underwriting and customer service to operations where the team rely on him to manage the system upgrades, ongoing IT related maintenance and other system-related projects.
Insurance underwriting has often been described as part science, part art, and that can certainly be the case when it comes to Marine policies.
Over the last 9 years, our expert team of underwriters have been asked to consider some weird and wonderful commodities and have certainly needed a degree of understanding and occasionally some imagination when designing the policy.
Ben Morgan, AM&T’s Brisbane based General Manager, Underwriting is competitive by nature. With almost 20 years in the industry, he sheds some light on what makes a great team, how AM&T have grown and developed into an award-winning underwriting agency. Somehow, he manages to liken it to a good game of cricket...
Marine Insurance is a complex world. There are constantly new challenges, unpredictable costs, the clear and present uncertainty of weather phenomena and other external factors. When it comes to marine insurance, working with a specialist in the field can provide support and reassurance when making decisions about your client’s marine cover.
Annie Burca is a senior consultant within Claims team in Sydney and a self-confessed workaholic. Annie has been handling claims for AM&T for nearly 8 years and she loves nothing more than seeing an empty inbox at the end of a busy day, knowing that she has assisted clients in managing and resolving their claims.
Having recently won the Excellence Award for Underwriting Agency Claims Team of the Year at the Insurance Business Awards, we felt this was a good time to share some insight into an integral member of our claims team and explore how Meeghan Thomas works with the team to provide excellent customer service and positive outcomes for our customers.
Australia experiences the impacts of cyclones almost every year. Cyclones frequently cause major damage to a wide network of industries. Shipping, transport and logistics can be heavily affected with significant financial loss caused by extreme weather events.
As we enter November which is the beginning of cyclone season in Northern Australia, AM&T’s Cameron Livingstone, an experienced mariner, explains how cyclones form, why they are so dangerous to the shipping and transport industry and why we could be facing a particularly difficult summer ahead.
The team at AM&T (Allianz Marine & Transit) has recently partnered with the Institute of Transport & Logistics at the University of Sydney (ITLS) to undertake an investigation into the risks associated with Cold Chain Logistics.
The study was conducted with the purpose of better understanding the current risks inherent in the storage and transportation of refrigerated goods and to identify opportunities to mitigate these.
This month, we shine a light on one of our team members, Cameron Livingstone who joined AM&T in January 2020 as a Development Underwriter, developing our business proposition with insurance brokers in our Northern Region. Cameron has spent most of his career at sea, as a seafarer on a wide variety of vessels and he now lends his marine expertise to AM&T adding to the premise that our knowledge runs deep.
The stage four Covid-19 restrictions now in effect in Melbourne are having significant implications across all business sectors. This includes our Australian cargo, shipping, transport and logistics businesses.
Last week, we said farewell to Robin Harman, who has been a valued member of the AM&T team for the past 8 years, heading up the Claims and Corporate, Speciality and Multinational Business areas. He has been a wealth of knowledge with over 40 years’ experience gained across the marine insurance industry in Europe, Middle East and Australia.
Robin has always personified AM&T’s values, in sharing his depth of knowledge, his focus on personalised service for our clients and his loyal support to the entire team.
We wish him all the best for a long and happy retirement. Before he walked out the door, we took one more opportunity to spend 5 minutes with Robin.