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Press releases, news items and e-bulletins from The MECO Group.

Shanghai Office Reopens 8 April 2020

  Good news from China. Team Shanghai returned to the office on 8 April. Danni, Mengzhen and Wei opened the office for the first time since late January as Shanghai slowly returns to a more normal environment. Ashley and Baiqui continue to work from home for the...

The MECO Group sets up new regulated entity in Dubai’s DIFC

The MECO Group is pleased to announce the launch of The MECO Group (DIFC) Ltd (“The MECO Group DIFC”), based in the Dubai International Finance Centre (‘DIFC’). On 16th March 2020 The MECO Group DIFC, was licensed by the Dubai Financial Services Authority to carry out...

Status of MECO Offices

  A brief update from MECO.   Our Shanghai office has been closed since January with all staff working from home. It looks likely that we will be able to reopen the office from early April and we will provide further updates when this occurs.   Our...

MECO London Monday 16 March

On Monday 16 March, the MECO London office will be closed and all staff will be working from home. This is to test the resilience of our systems and to ensure that our remote working practices work without interruption, given current Covid 19 issues. We fully expect...

A Day in China – February 2020

With all the coverage of the position in China our team in Shanghai have shared an insite into day to day life. We would like to share with you how we are coping day to day and showing how the government is attempting to minimize the spread and trying to eliminate the...

Mark Kmelisch – Claims Executive

We are pleased to welcome Mark Kmelisch to the team as a Claims Executive. Mark is a qualified South African lawyer and prior to joining MECO worked in practice in South Africa, for another P&I facility in Europe and most recently as Risk Manager at a Shipowner in...

International forum on Maritime Arbitration

On 18 September Carlos Vazquez participated in an international forum on Maritime Arbitration where he offered an insight into London arbitration under the Arbitration Act 1996 and the current LMAA Terms. The rest of the panel was formed of specialists from other...

Kuberoi@themecogroup.co.uk and WeTransfer

Some of the companies and contacts we deal with have received messages from kuberoi@themecogroup.co.uk asking them to download a file from WeTransfer. We believe this to be a phishing message so please do not follow the link. We are trying to ascertain whether this...

Ken Norman

I am sorry to report that Ken Norman died peacefully in his sleep on 17th April 2019.   Ken had joined us in 2001 upon his retirement from the West of England where he had spent his entire working life; starting in the post room and ending as a senior manager....

Changes in the MECO Claims Department

Richard Bokszczanin our Claims Director retired on 28 March 2019. Over the last few years under Richards guidance MECO have invested heavily in our claims team and by scale of operation we have one of the most well-resourced claims teams operating in the market today....

Our Friend Alex South

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of our friend Alex South. Alex worked in the Lloyds market, initially with QBE and latterly with the Munich Re Syndicate, we had an association with him throughout his career. Alex came from P&I stock, his...

Richard Bokszczanin – Retirement

A personal note from  Chris Else, CEO of MECO Group   Friday 29 March marked Richard Bokszczanin’s last day at the MECO Group. I well remember his first, but that was over 20 years ago. I could roll out the usual platitudes and clichéd statements about a...

MECO Corporate Video

The MECO Group are pleased to announce that our corporate video is available for viewing. Get a cup of coffee and a biscuit and look at the fruits of our labour, Hollywood is unlikely to be calling any time soon but we hope it gives you a flavour of the organisation.

New Appointment – Deepa Nathvani

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Deepa Nathvani to the Transmarine Underwriting team with effect from 4 April 2019. Deepa brings experience from the Hull and Loss of Hire market, having worked in the Lloyds Market for over a decade; Deepa will help the...

Sanctions and Venezuela

In late January 2019 the US Government strengthened sanctions against Venezuela; this followed disputed elections in the country where the opposition party was thought to have won a majority, but the incumbent party did not relinquish power. The following outlines the...

MECO Group Board Appointment

The MECO Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Barrie Whipp as the Groups IT Director. The role will encompass the further development of the Companies IT systems and future IT policies. Tim Price expands his existing role within the organisation reporting...

Tindall Riley to sell its Carina Fixed P&I Product to The MECO Group

Following a strategic review of its operations, Tindall Riley (TR) has agreed to sell Carina, its fixed premium P&I Managing General Agent (MGA), to The MECO Group for an undisclosed sum. Set up by TR in 2012, Carina is a successful and well managed specialised fixed premium P&I provider.

Carina Q&A

Tindall Riley (TR) has agreed to transfer its ownership of its Carina brand to the MECO Group (MECO). Carina is a Managing General Agent (MGA) operation established as part of TR in 2012 to provide fixed premium P&I cover to the owners of smaller ships.

Tindall Riley to sell its Carina Fixed P&I Product to The MECO Group

Following a strategic review of its operations, Tindall Riley (TR) has agreed to sell Carina, its fixed premium P&I Managing General Agent (MGA), to The MECO Group for an undisclosed sum. Set up by TR in 2012, Carina has proven to be one of the most successful and better managed of the specialised fixed premium P&I providers.

Waste Movements in Thailand

With thanks to SPICA Group our longstanding correspondent in Asia for this information.   Spica in Bangkok are reporting that import of waste into Thailand is currently suspended. Even containers in transit are affected. Background Boundary movement of hazardous...

Shanghai to Dubai Transplant

Maria Luisa Rivera relocated from our Shanghai office to our Dubai office in April. She started her career in the London office before spending the last five years in Shanghai; her relocation to Dubai makes her unique as she is the only staff member to have been...

Latest US Sanctions

On 8 May 2018 the American President announced that the US would cease its participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that the US, EU and other world powers agreed in 2015 (implemented 2016) that eased Sanctions against Iran in return for Iran...

MECO Group helps Education in Nepal

MECO Group Claims Executive Tomas Ling travelled to Nepal in November 2017 to participate in the Yak Attack Mountain bike race. While there, he was able to visit the newly rebuilt school in the village of Chandi Bhanjyang which had been destroyed in the 2015...

Legal Resourcing in the Modern World

An interest article on resourcing from our friend Julian Clark of Hill Dickinson looking at how changing expectations in young Lawyers may impact the legal profession in the future. We have a claims team that is the size of a small law firm and...

Welcome to our rebrand – The MECO Group

Michael Else and Company Limited, which traces its origins back to 1974, is pleased to announce a rebranding as The MECO Group. We have created a new corporate identity for the Group and its branded insurance and consultancy products. Our new logo reflects the...

It's not easy to travel at the moment but it's business as usual at MECO

 

We can host anything from one-on-one meetings to webinars across continents. If you would like a videocon with a colleague, a catch up with a particular team or specific training, contact us and we will see what we can arrange.