Information about past winners of the American Marine Claims Award including their winning essays are shown below.

2024 American Marine Claims Award Winner

Nathan Ahart
RLI Insurance Co. – Marine Group

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Nathan Ahart is the Marine Claim Director at RLI Insurance Company. Nathan began his insurance career in Zurich’s 2010 Associate Claims Track class and continued at Zurich until 2014 as a Marine Claims Specialist. He gained further experience as Assistant Manager at WK Webster before joining RLI Insurance Company as Marine Claims Director in 2018. Nathan instructs in AIMU’s “Introduction to Ocean Marine Insurance” class, is past president of the American Marine Insurance Forum of New York (AMIF), and is a member of the Marine Insurance Claims Association (MICA) Next Gen Group. Nathan earned an MBA in Risk Management & Insurance from Bradley University. During his time at Bradley he served as President of Gamma Iota Sigma, a fraternity that is well respected and highly regarded in the insurance industry.

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2020 American Marine Claims Award Winner

Benson Ye 
Marine Claims Supervisor
Mitsui Sumitomo Marine Management (U.S.A.), Inc.

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Bing-Syin (Benson) Ye is a Marine Claims Supervisor at Mitsui Sumitomo Marine Management. He handles cargo, transit liability, hull, protection and indemnity, and recovery claims, as well as manages the subrogation team.

Prior to joining Mitsui Sumitomo, Benson served as Section Head in Cargo Claims Department at W K Webster (2010-2017).

Benson holds two master degrees in law from Institute of the Law of the Sea, National Taiwan Ocean University (2006), and School of Law, Indiana University Bloomington (2009) respectively. Benson is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified by School of Engineering at Dartmouth College (2017).

Benson received the following designations: Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Certified Claims Professional (CCP), and Senior Claim Law Associate (SCLA). In addition, Benson is a licensed independent adjuster, property and casualty insurance broker, and life insurance broker in State of New York.

Since 2019, Benson has served as Regional Director of Certified Claims Professional Accreditation Council and Arbitrator at Transportation Arbitration Board, as volunteer jobs. Benson devotes himself to making contributions to the society.

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2019 American Marine Claims Award Winner

Patrick J. McNamara, Esq.
Marine Claims Adjuster, Starr Marine

Patrick J. McNamara is a marine claims adjuster in the Cargo Department of Starr Adjustment Services, Inc. Patrick joined Starr in 2016 and adjusted Hull & Liability claims prior moving to Cargo in early 2018. Previously, Patrick worked in the chartering department of Grieg Star Shipping (now trading as G2 Ocean), a Norwegian-flagged breakbulk steamship line (2011-2014) and WK Webster (Overseas) Ltd., handling cargo subrogation claims (2014-2016). Patrick is a member of the Maritime Law Association and frequently attends industry functions and seminars. Patrick holds a J.D. from Loyola New Orleans College of Law (2010) and is licensed to practice law in the State of New York. Patrick also holds a B.A. in History from the University of Scranton (2006).

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