You can count on the highest level of service from North Star's experienced team of professionals. With many years of experience handling all types of coverage, we work closely with our clients to provide the best insurance program for their needs.

Our Team: Fairhaven

Joshua Bender, Broker

Joshua (“Josh”) Bender joined North Star in 2017. Josh has over 20 years of maritime experience in the local fishing industry. More recently, he served as a field claim representative charged with spearheading fraud claims as part of a special investigative unit. Josh has extensive experience in complex investigations and catastrophic claims. He holds a USCG 25 Ton Near Coastal Captain License, a TWIC credential, and EDR Level One technician certificate. He is a licensed merchant mariner, and a licensed adjuster in Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

Josh grew up in the Mattapoisett/Fairhaven, MA area and has extensive local knowledge. From setting and hauling lobster traps with his dad to lumping for local scallop boats, he has been involved in the commercial maritime industry throughout his life.

Utilizing his experience as an insurance professional and in the local commercial fishing industry, Josh brings a hands-on and common-sense service approach to his clients and their crew.


Casey Sylvaria, Broker, Senior Account Administrator

Coming from a maritime background working on-board yachts, sailing school vessels and charter boats, Casey joined North Star Marine Insurance in 2014 as an Account Administrator. Casey is responsible for receiving and processing applications, documentation, and customer requests. She maintains an efficient and accurate process, ensuring a worry-free and professional experience for clients of the Fairhaven office. Casey is a licensed broker in the States of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Prior to joining North Star, Casey actively participated in meetings at the International Maritime Organization in London including the Maritime Safety Committee, Flag State Implementation, and the Marine Environmental Protection Committee on behalf of the Commonwealth of Dominica’s International Ship Registry. While working for the Dominica Maritime Registry, she held the position of Director of Inspections and Technical Compliance. Maintaining, implementing, and monitoring the Flag’s Port State performance worldwide for a fleet of up to 200 vessels, Casey orchestrated over 150 inspectors in over 30 countries to ensure the safety and compliance of the entire fleet. Casey revised and drafted Marine Safety Circulars and Policy Letters according to changes in marine regulations, drafted and implemented the regulations for compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention for Dominica flagged vessels, and assisted with vetting ships for entry into the Registry.

Casey is a certified Port State Control Inspector, in accordance with the requirements of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding held by Transport Canada and International Safety Management Audits held by Lloyd’s Register. Casey holds a merchant mariner credential.


Amanda Penney, Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

Amanda joined the Fairhaven office of NSIS in 2017 as an Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. Amanda brings to NSIS her highly personalized customer service and executive account management experience from a decade of professional involvement as a highly successful operations manager in the retail industry.

Amanda assists with all aspects of the production and claims departments. She maintains client insurance files, fields telephone inquiries, maintains the office database systems, and prepares presentation materials, as needed.