The Board of Directors

Skuld's Board of Directors as of June 2021

Klaus Kjærulff
Klaus Kjærulff

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig) and Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

Nordic Tankers A/S, Copenhagen
Vincent Shipping A/S, Oslo


Board member since 2005, Chairman since 2011

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Klaus Kjærulff was elected Chairman of Skuld’s Board of Directors in 2011. He merits with 33 years with Torm AS, Copenhagen, where he has held various positions as Head of Tanker Division, EVP, etc, and served as CEO from 2000-2008. Today Klaus Kjaerulff is Chairman and Partner in Vincent Shipping A/S Oslo, Member of the Board of Nordic Tankers A/S, Copenhagen and Chairman of the Daniamant Group in Denmark and UK.

He has his AMP from INSEAD France.

Bernt O. Bodal
Bernt O. Bodal

Board member of Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.



Independent, Seattle


Board member since 2011

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Bernt Bodal was CEO at American Seafoods Group from 2000 until 2017 and is now a member of the Board and a shareholder of the company. He held the position as President & CEO at American Seafoods Company since 1990 until 1998. He is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Master and has been a certified Airline Transport pilot since 1991. Bodal started his carrier as a highly-accomplished fisherman in 1978 with more than 13 years at sea.

Alexey Ostapenko
Alexey Ostapenko

Board member of Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

PAO Sovcomflot, Moscow


Board member since 2017

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Alexey Ostapenko has held the position as Vice-President of PAO Sovcomflot since 2014, and previously been Director of Legal in Sovcomflot and held various legal adviser positions in companies of Lukoil Group. His education is from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University), degree in International Law from Financial Academy under the Government of Russian Federation, degree in Economy from London Metropolitan University, and post-graduated diploma in Maritime Law.

Uta Urbaniak-Sage
Uta Urbaniak-Sage

Board member of Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

BW Epic Kosan Ltd., Singapore


Board member since 2021

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Uta Urbaniak-Sage joined BW Epic Kosan (formerly Epic Gas) in 2007 as Managing Director of the Singapore operation and became group CFO in 2012 where she has been closely involved in numerous debt/equity raising and M&A transactions.
Before joining BW Epic Kosan, Uta worked for HSH Nordbank in Hamburg and Hong Kong in various management positions in the bank's shipping division.

Peter Bløcher
Peter Bløcher

Board member and Employee representative Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig)

Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig) Copenhagen Branch


Board member since 2020

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Peter Bløcher is Assistant Vice President and has been with Skuld since 2011. Previously he worked with shipping and trade in an international law firm in Copenhagen. Peter is a qualified Danish lawyer.

Martin Larsen
Martin Larsen

Vice Chairman of the Board member of Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig) and Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

A.P. Møller Holding, Copenhagen


Board member since 2014, Vice Chairman since 2021

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Martin Larsen has been with A.P. Moller - Maersk since 2003 in various finance positions including Treasurer of the North American activities, Head of Corporate Treasury, CFO in Maersk Supply Service and Head of Group Financial Planning and Analysis. Martin joined A.P. Moller Holding in 2016 as CFO and part of the Executive board. Martin is also a board member in Maersk Tankers, A.P. Moller Capital and Navigare Partners.

He is a Finance professional and has an MSc Economics and Finance from Warwick University and Exec MBA from Columbia University and London Business School.

Catherine Cheung
Catherine Cheung

Board member of Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig) and Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

Rainbow Maritime Hong Kong
Vision Ship Management, Hong Kong


Board member since 2016

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A veteran in shipping finance, Catherine Cheung has held the position of Chief Operating Officer since 2015, preceded by her dual role as COO/CFO at Transfield Resources Limited since 2000. She was previously Consulting Director with E&Y Hong Kong, Senior Manager for Financial Services at KPMG in Los Angeles, and several SVP positions within banking in San Francisco. She has an BA in International Trade Finance from the National Taiwan University in Taipei and a MS in Finance from California State University Northridge in California.

Gerard Patronis
Gerard Patronis

Board member of Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

Alcyon Shipping Co Ltd., Athens, Greece


Board member since 2021

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Gerard Patronis is the Managing Director of Alcyon Shipping – a company with long tradition and history (circa 1846) specialized in the technical and commercial management of dry-bulk capesize vessels. He actively joined the company in 1996 and has since worked through various internal departments and all aspects of the trade. He holds a BSc in Management Sciences from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an MSc in Maritime Policy and Shipping Management from Cardiff Business School.

Ann-Marie Åstrøm
Ann-Marie Åstrøm

Board member of Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig) and Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

Rederi AB Gotland, Visby


Board member since 2016

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Ann-Marie Åstrøm is the Vice-Chairman at Rederi AB Gotland, and has been a member of their Board since 1991 and is also a member of their Remuneration Committee. She is the Chairman of Gotland Tankers since 2010, member of Ex Com in INTERTANKO and a director of Consilium (a listed company in Sweden). She is also a former employee of Skuld Stockholm. She is a graduate in Law.

Terje Hj. Michelsen
Terje Hj. Michelsen

Vice Chairman of the Board member of Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig) and Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

Independent, Bergen


Board member since 2010, Vice Chairman since 2021

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Terje Hj. Michelsen started his career in Star Shipping in 1981 where he held various executive and board positions over the years as Vice President Container Services, Vice President Chartering & Operation and later Executive Vice President and COO in Grieg Star Shipping and Grieg Star Group. He is currently Director Strategy and Business Development in G2 Ocean and serves on the boards of Squamish Terminals Ltd, SINTEF Ocean and Skuld. Michelsen has a BA in Business Organisation from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and later executive programmes at IMD in Lausanne and MAREX with the Norwegian Shipowners Association/Duke University.

Erik Hånell
Erik Hånell

Board member of Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

Stena Bulk AB, Gothenburg


Board member since 2017

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Erik Hånell is President & CEO in Stena Bulk. With a Bachelor of Nautical Science and a master degree from Chalmers University of Technology, Hånell started working for Stena Bulk in 1999. He held numerous positions in the company over 13 years including head of Stena Bulk USA and COO of Stena Bulk AB before being appointed to his current position in 2012. Stena Bulk is commercial controlling about 100-120 tankers of primarily Suezmaxes, MR, a Chemical Tanker fleet and 3 LNGC.

Trygve Seglem
Trygve Seglem

Board member of Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

Knutsen OAS Shipping, Haugesund


Board member since 2007

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Trygve Seglem has been with Knutsen OAS Shipping AS since 1983, and held the position as Project Director until becoming Managing Director since 1988. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from Newcastle University, UK and started his career with 7 years in Statoil and a year as a Marine Engineering/Naval Architecture consultant, before joining Knutsen OAS Shipping AS. He holds multiple board memberships in the Norwegian shipping community. He has been President of The Norwegian Shipowners Association and Vice President of International Chamber of Shipping.

Daria Avdeeva
Daria Avdeeva

Board member and Employee representative, Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig)

Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig), Oslo


Board member since 2019

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Daria Avdeeva is Corporate Legal Counsel and has been with Skuld since 2013. Prior to Skuld she has worked with international trade and structured finance for SEB and Cargill in Russia and Switzerland. Daria is a qualified Russian lawyer.