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If you want to keep employees safe and claims costs low, it's critical to stay educated. That's why AEU puts an emphasis on training our members and brokers on the latest trends in safety, claims, leadership, staffing and more.

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National Forum

This annual event addresses leadership, safety and claims-related topics important to shipyards, stevedores, marine terminal operators, and marine construction companies. For a day and a half, ALMA members and their brokers learn from industry experts and peers about field-tested methods, emerging trends, and solutions to common issues. The forum is held in major U.S. cities and typically draws more than 100 maritime industry professionals from the field of safety, claims, HR, operations and executive management.

Houston, TX - April 13 - 15, 2020 

This event will be held at the Hilton Houston Americas-Houston Hotel. Registration has not yet opened for this event. 



Regional Forums

AEU hosts one-day seminars throughout the year to provide educational information related to leadership, loss control, claims handling, safety culture development, and more. Held regionally and at no cost to ALMA members, these seminars are ideal for members of all sizes looking to learn new skills and network with others in their industry.

St. Louis, MO - June 18, 2019



Norfolk, VA - September 17, 2019

This event will be held at the Hilton Norfolk The Main. Registration has not yet opened for this event.


Members who cannot attend our in-person events may benefit from our ongoing webinar series, which covers topics of interest to the maritime industry.

Clearing the Air on Confined Spaces - May 30, 2019 | 1:00pm CST

Presenter: Christian Murillo, Loss Control Manager, The American Equity Underwriters, Inc.

According to the National Fire & Protection Association, working in confined spaces presents a greater likelihood of severe injury, illness, or death than any other type of work that mariners or shipyard workers and contractors may face. It is critical that employers take extra care to ensure a confined space is free from harmful substances.

In this webinar, AEU Loss Control Manager Christian Murillo will provide an overview of confined space safety and rescue and discuss confined space accidents that have occurred within the shipyard industry so you can be aware of what could happen at your own facility.

By attending this webinar, you will:

  • Gain a better understanding of confined spaces and the hazards within them
  • Become more aware of potential hazards at your own facility by seeing real examples of shipyard confined space accidents

Who should attend: Line or department supervision, HSE personnel, confined space competent persons.




Making Sense of Dollars Spent: The Impact of Accurate Wage Data on Your Claims Cost - August 6, 2019 | 1:00pm CST

Presenters: Will Scheffler, Director of Claims and Erica Janssen, VP of Claims Policy Management - The American Equity Underwriters, Inc.

Nearly half of workers' compensation claims costs represent indemnity - replacement of income for time unable to work, loss of income due to restrictions, awards for permanent injuries and settlements.  How much is paid for these benefits is driven by the injured worker’s pre-injury Average Weekly Wage. 

In this webinar, AEU’s Director of Claims, Will Scheffler, and VP of Claims Policy Management, Erica Janssen will discuss the importance of gathering accurate wage data and show how claims handlers use this information.  Further, they will explain the benefits afforded to injured workers under the Longshore Act. 

 By attending this webinar you will:

  • Understand how the employer can assist by providing the most accurate wage information
  • Understand why Claims Specialists asks for certain employment details
  • Gain a better appreciation for the indemnity costs associated with claims and how the employer can help reduce these exposures

Who should attend: Human resource and payroll personnel, individuals involved with return to work decisions, and insurance buyers


Continuing Education

Brokers may obtain CE credit by attending our courses on USL&H or MEL (maritime employers’ liability). Four hours of CE credit is granted for full completion of each course (eight hours total if you complete both courses).

St. Louis, MO - June 18, 2019



Norfolk, VA - September 17, 2019

This event will be held at the Hilton Norfolk The Main. Registration has not yet opened for this event.

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