MS Amlin has appointed Brecht van Hoorebeke as a war underwriter, it announced today.

In his new role he will be responsible for expanding the carrier’s war business across continental Europe.

Hoorebeke will be based out of MS Amlin’s Antwerp office in Belgium.

He joins from Aon where he was a marine client manager for marine, based in London.

He focused on risk management, logistics and insurance placement.

Before that he held a series of positions focusing on marine claims and risk management in Belgium.

The addition of Hoorebeke to MS Amlin’s marine team comes as the carrier has been making a series of redundancies.

The (re)insurer is understood to be eyeing broader headcount reductions after it posted a sizeable $589mn loss in the nine months to the end of December.

This publication revealed that long standing senior hull underwriter Richard Lurcott was made redundant earlier this year.

He followed Anthony Jacks to the exit door. Jacks was formerly a yacht underwriter at MS Amlin before he was made redundant at the end of last year.

However, while scaling back in London, MS Amlin made three underwriting appointments to its Asia-Pacific team in June.

“Brecht’s talent and experience are a great asset to the pan-European marine team,” Andrew Wright, global managing director marine and aviation said.

“Providing continuity in the face of political violence – which covers everything from strikes to insurrections and civil war - requires deep sector knowledge combined with the capability of crafting tailored underwriting solutions,” he added.

“The addition of Brecht to our team in Antwerp will help us serve the unique needs of our clients and brokers across Europe.”