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GEORGETOWN, Guyana–Guyana National Shipping Corporation Ltd. has officially been appointed to represent Lloyd’s Insurance Market in Suriname; automatically extending its territory of involvement to this country. One of Lloyd’s 300 agents around the world, GNSC represents the Lloyd’s Insurance Market in Guyana since 1876 through its Insurance Division (Lloyd’s Agency). It is not unusual for Lloyd’s to request an Agent to represent them in neighboring countries.
A press release from GNSC says that the official request for GNSC’s Insurance Division to represent Lloyd’s in Suriname, was made in London after a Network meeting in the Lloyd’s Agency department on July 18th. 2012.
“The above move by Lloyd’s no doubt occurred because of the exemplary service the Insurance Division has been providing over the years as their Agent in Guyana and more so because of the mandatory, Cargo Claims Surveys Proficiency Exams Lloyd’s requires its Agents to take and personnel within the Insurance Division have not only passed their Stage 1 Exam but also the Stage 2,” the release stated.
It said that the surveying activity carried out by the Insurance Division in both Suriname and French Guiana also contributed to getting the green light from Lloyd’s. “This became necessary when both the Agents in Suriname and French Guiana were asked to cease operations for particular reasons.”
The surveys carried out in these countries ranged from simple pilferage to carrying out investigations to damaged piers and sunken boats with on-board cargo and the division intends to carry-on delivering this special service.
Although the above mentioned visits to carry out surveys in Suriname were being done from time to time, a team which included the Insurance Executive, made a special visit to Suriname recently, to market the services of the Corporation more extensively. The visit included meetings with consignees, ship agents and the Maritime Authority of Suriname. Speaking with personnel from these various categories of businesses allowed the team to gather valuable information to use for increasing its market-share of business activity inSuriname.
Follow-up visits to Suriname in the near future are planned to further enhance the process of the service provision. Managing Director Andrew Astwood outlined that management was happy with the appointment, which, he said ‘will contribute to further widening the scope of the Corporation’s business in the region’. ‘We expect to make Lloyd’s proud of our new involvement which could lead to other territories being added to our portfolio’, he added.