Our team



Marten Backstrom 

Mårten Backström, Chief Underwriting & Compliance Officer

Mårten is a founding Partner of Lavaretus Underwriting with over 35 years of experience of working in the marine insurance sector. Mårten’s primary underwriting responsibility is special risks accounts. He also plays a key role in underwriting of floating industrial units, construction and hull & Machinery. In addition Mårten is responsible for compliance in the company.

Telephone: +358 10 322 9909

Mobile: +358 40 840 4134

Email: marten.backstrom@lavaretus.com

Jan Forsten 

Jan Forstén, Chief Executive Officer, Finland

Jan is a founding Partner of Lavaretus Underwriting and has over 35 years of experience within the marine insurance market. Jan’s primary underwriting responsibility is our core book of business, being the power barges and all relating insurance lines. Product development of the book is also under his control. Jan has a long experience in claims and therefore acts as claims manager on certain lines. 

Mobile: +358 50 345 9170

Email: jan.forsten@lavaretus.com

Patrik Schalin 

Patrik Schalin, Assistant Underwriter 

Patrik has joined our underwriting team in 2018 with a background in Yacht insurance and a degree in Shipping Management & Business Administration. He primarily handles project cargo underwriting and assists in special risks, power barge projects and Hull & Machinery and is also responsible for our underwriting process system. In addition to marine market experience, he has a strong knowledge of everything digital and promotes our digitization development.

Telephone: +358 10 322 9910

Mobile: +358 40 182 2871

Email: patrik.schalin@lavaretus.com


Victor Forsten 

Victor Forstén, Claims Handler

Victor has joined Lavaretus Underwriting in 2012 and started with back office operations. He is responsible for our claims handling and of certain back office operations as well. He has completed advanced courses in environmental logistics, international trade, purchasing and negotiation and warehousing & optimization at the Arcada University of applied sciences.

Mobile: +358 50 367 2785

Email: victor.forsten@lavaretus.com

Risk Engineering

Henrik Jensen

Henrik Jensen, Chief Technical Officer

Henrik is a licensed marine engineer and joined the Lavaretus risk engineering team in 2013 and has more than 35 years within the marine sector, including seagoing, class and insurance experience. He is primarily engaged in our power barge portfolio, conducting risk assessments and surveys on power barges/vessels and other floating industrial facilities together with conversion/newbuilding yards.   

Mobile: +46 72 386 3435

Email: henrik.jensen@lavaretus.com

Jens Ostrup

Jens Østrup Olsen, Chief Nautical Officer 

Jens is a licensed master mariner and holding a degree in logistic. 19 years seagoing experience working in worldwide trade and 10 years in a towage / salvage entrepreneur company. 
From 2001 Jens has worked as flag state ship surveyor and marine surveyor. He joined Lavaretus in 2014, his main tasks are marine projects from the marine warranty perspective, advisory and nautical / marine consultancy. Jens is working with Job types such as projects, risk evaluation, jack-up rig moving, load outs, towage, operational surveys, moorings, specialized vessels, marine and offshore legislation and safety standards. 

Mobile: +45 23 72 44 92

Email: jens.oestrup.olsen@lavaretus.com


Niklas Öhman, Financial Controller

Niklas has joined Lavaretus in the autumn of 2018 and is contributing with a strong knowledge and background in company accounting and various financial tasks. He is responsible for reporting and financials at Lavaretus, as well as centralizing and developing internal processes. Besides being pedantic with numbers Niklas has a true passion for Excel development.

Mobile: +358 40 559 6109

Email: niklas.ohman@lavaretus.com