Our team

Underwriting & Claims

Mårten Backström, Branch Manager Finland 

Mårten is a founding Partner of Lavaretus Underwriting with over 30 years experience of working in the marine insurance sector. After graduating in 1980 from the Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki, where he studied commercial law (M.Sc. (Econ), he joined Finnish Marine and was mainly involved in Underwriting and Claims for marine cargo risks. He subsequently held positions at Sampo Industrial as Hull Manager, at Pohjola as Vice President and subsequently following the marine hull portfolio transfer to Codan Forsikring (Finland) as Area Manager.

Telephone: +358 10 322 9909

Mobile: +358 40 840 4134

Email: marten.backstrom@lavaretus.com

Jan Forstén, Chief Underwriting Officer, Finland

Jan is a founding Partner of Lavaretus Underwriting and has over 30 years of experience within the marine market. He graduated in 1979 with a BSc (Econ) from the Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki, and in 1980 Special Examination in maritime law at the Nordic Institute of Maritime Law of Oslo University. Jan has a specialised knowledge of comprehensive insurance for Power Barges, Cargo, Hull & Machinery, Protection & Indemnity (P&I) and Strike and Delay. In all of these lines he has held management positions both within the underwriting and claims business functions, finally as Claims and Underwriting Manager of Codan Marine, Helsinki before setting up Lavaretus.

Telephone: +358 10 322 9908

Mobile: +358 50 345 9170

Email: jan.forsten@lavaretus.com

Henrik Pilegaard, Chief Underwriting Officer

Henrik holds a position of Senior Underwriter in Lavaretus Underwriting and has more than 10 years of experience within the marine insurance market. He graduated in 2010 with a bachelor in Strategic Management and Business development from Copenhagen Business School.

Henrik joined the nordic marine insurance industry in 2002 and has been involved with both Underwriting, Claims and Risk Management. He subsequently held positions at TrygVesta as Claims Handler, at Survey Association as Risk Manager and at Codan Marine as Senior Trading Underwriter.

In these positions Henrik has specialised in marine insurance and have comprehensive knowledge of Hull and Machinery, Loss of Hire, Increased Values, Builders Risk, Yard Liability, MII/MAP and War/Terrorism insurances.

Telephone: +45 3317 9443

Mobile: +45 2372 4403

Email: henrik.pilegaard@lavaretus.com

Jens Peter Jensen, Underwriter

Jens Peter holds a position of Underwriter in Lavaretus Underwriting and has 8 years of experience within the marine insurance market. Jens Peter has a background within Shipping and Freight Forwarding after graduating as Market Economist in 2004.

Jens Peter started as claims handler within Marine Cargo in 2008 dealing with liability claims for carriers, freight forwarders and stevedores besides the cargo claims. In 2011 he joined the hull underwriting team in Codan, whereas he became Senior Underwriter in 2015 dealing with underwriting of Hull and Machinery, Loss of Hire, Increased Values, Builders Risk, Yard Liability, MII/MAP and War/Terrorism insurance.

Mobile: +45 2075 7370

Email: jens.peter.jensen@lavaretus.com

Risk Engineering

Peter Brorsen Knudsen, Claims & Risk Manager

Peter has a back ground as master mariner and has for some years served as officer in the Royal Danish Navy followed by an extensive experience on board passenger vessels. After tragic loss of Ro/Ro Passenger vessels in 1994 Peter was employed by the Danish Maritime Administration with main focus on passenger ship safety.

However he had the opportunity also to serve in other departments of the Administration as Newbuilding’s, Occupational Safety and Health, Port State Control and Maritime Legislation representing also the Administration in IMO and Paris MoU.

In 2008 Peter joined Survey Association Ltd and developed comprehensive databases for the risk selection process supporting the marine underwriting business in Codan and later supporting also RSA underwriting activities globally, comprising also Maritime Business Intelligence analysis and support to the organisations.

Telephone: +45 3317 9448

Mobile: +45 2420 9018

Email: peter.knudsen@lavaretus.com 

Michael Skipper, Chief Technical Officer

Michael holds a position of Chief Technical Officer in Lavaretus Risk Engineering within Lavaretus Underwriting and has experience in the marine and offshore sector back to 1982.

He has graduated as Marine Engineer MSc, holds a Certificate in Business Administration BSc and started his career within the A.P. Moeller group, where he was operational in the Fleet and Offshore.

Michael held various positions within Oil Major Company Chevron as Chief Engineer, Technical Superintendent and Marine Advisor where he served in various jobs stationed world wide with Technical Fleet Management, Shipyard Repair Program and last with FSO LPG New building program and installation.

Challenge in the nordic marine insurance industry started in 2002 where he has been involved with both Survey of all kinds and Risk Management in which he gained comprehensive knowledge of Hull and Machinery in all aspects. He subsequently held positions at TrygVesta as Chief Staff Surveyor and last at Survey Association as Head of Operation & Survey.

He is board member of STS Society of Technical Association, BIMCO Marine Committee, Bureau VERITAS Nordic Marine Committee and The Danish Shipowners' ERFA group.

Telephone: +45 3317 9445

Mobile: +45 2372 4465

Email: michael.skipper@lavaretus.com

Henrik Jenson, Senior Risk Engineer

Henrik holds a position of Senior Risk Engineer in Lavaretus Risk Engineering's newly established office in Gothenburg, Sweden.

In 1976 he graduated as a Marine Engineer (B.Sc.) from the Swedish Marine Academy, and spent the following 25 years at sea, occupying various positions of seniority on ocean-going ships.

For the last 12 years, Henrik has been based ashore, fulfilling his role as a Senior Marine Surveyor, working together with organisations such as the American Bureau of Shipping Classification Society and the Copenhagen based Survey Association. These positions initially involved Henrik in Hull and Machinery related surveys and risk assessments which, over recent years, has developed into him specialising in risk assessment and damage surveys of floating power plants. His experience extends to LEDCs throughout the world.

His most recent employment, before joining Lavaretus Risk Engineering, was as a Senior Advisor within the SSPA organisation, Sweden where he was involved in various EU funded projects related to the future regulations and procedures of using LNG as an alternative fuel on floating units.

Mobile: +46 72 386 3435

Email: henrik.jensen@lavaretus.com

Thomas Rekvad, Head of Offshore 

Thomas holds a position of Head of Offshore in Lavaretus Risk Engineering within Lavaretus Underwriting and has experience in the marine and offshore sector since 1980 – Master Mariner Certificate 1987. 

From 2007 to 2014, he worked as a Marine Warranty Surveyor within Survey Association Ltd (SAC) on behalf of Maersk, Drilling and their interested Hull and Machinery Underwriters - Issuing location approvals and rig move attendance. 

From 2009: Rig Move Advisor for operations within the Maersk Oil Qatar Al Shaheen Field. From 2003 to 2007: Casualty Investigator, Danish Division for Investigation of Maritime Accidents, Danish Maritime Authority. From 1999 to 2003: Ship Surveyor, Technical Division, Danish Maritime Authority. 

Jens Østrup Olsen, Senior Surveyor 

Jens holds (from August 1, 2014) a position of Senior Marine Surveyor in Lavaretus Risk Engineering within Lavaretus Underwriting and has experience in the marine and offshore sector back to 1978 – Master Mariner Exam graduated 1983. Mercantile degree in logistic.

From 2012 to 2014 Marine Warranty Surveyor within Survey Association Ltd on behalf of Maersk Drilling and their interested Hull and Machinery Underwrites - Issuing location approvals and rig move attendance. 

From 2001 to 2012: Ship Surveyor / Special Advisor within the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) Worked with new building projects of special vessels, accommodation barges, and MODUs. Safety inspections of wind turbine building sites and offshore installation, including 8 years as focal point of contact and responsible for all DMA approvals of mobile offshore installations and LSA on fixed installations within the Danish North Sea Sector. 

Administration 

Mette Sørensen, Administration Manager 

Mette holds a position of Administration Manager in Lavaretus Underwriting and has more than 5 years experience within the marine market.

In 1987 she graduated with the Higher Commercial Examination followed by a correspondent examination from Copenhagen Business School in 1992.

Mette has held various HR positions before she joined Codan Forsikring (RSA) in 2002 where she has been involved with HR administration and accounting. She subsequently held a position at Survey Association as Administration Manager.

Telephone: +45 3317 9444

Mobile: +45 2372 4434

Email: mette.soerensen@lavaretus.com