Italian shipowner Cesare d’Amico will chair a member’s board of 16 directors at the merged mutual NorthStandard when it opens for business in February 2023.

Members of the North P&I Club and Standard Club backed the merger in a vote last week which also approved a proposed board of directors.

The new board will be split evenly with an equal amount of representatives from both clubs in line with the principle that this is a “merger of equals”.