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UK Commission Formal Probe into Marine Insurance

The European Commission has opened formal proceedings to investigate whether certain provisions accompanying claim-sharing and joint-reinsurance agreements in the marine insurance sector might infringe European Union antitrust rules. The Commission fears that the provisions at stake in the agreements between the Protection & Indemnity Clubs (P&I Clubs) within the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG) may harm ship owners and the insurers that are not members of the IG. P&I Clubs are mutual non-profit making associations that provide Protection & Indemnity insurance - a type of direct marine insurance - to their members, the ship owners. The International Group of P&I Clubs (IG) is a worldwide association of thirteen P&I Clubs. The members of the IG provide P&I insurance to about 93% of the world’s ocean-going tonnage.   In the framework of the IG, the P&I Clubs operate two separate agreements, the International Group Agreement and the Pooling Agreement that contain rules on the sharing of insurance claims and joint reinsurance as well as rules on the contractual relationships between the P&I Clubs and their members. The agreements are not automatically covered by the new antitrust block exemption for the insurance sector that came into force in April (see IP/10/359). This is because the market share concerned is well above the 20-25% ceilings provided in the block exemption.


P&I Club Celebrates 21 Years in Germany

Dr Matthias Reith, director of German bulk carrier owner Orion Schiffahrtsgesellschaft Reith & Co of Hamburg, helped the North of England P&I club celebrate 21 years of working with the German shipping industry today. Speaking a major industry reception organized by the club at the Zipplehaus restaurant in Hamburg, Dr Reith said 'In 1982 Orion became the first company from Germany to join the North of England. The club now insures 36 fleets in Germany and works with 11 of the German-based


State of the P&I Market: As Stocks Drop, Rates Will Rise

The 13 P&I Clubs within the International Group continue to dominate the world market for shipowners' liability insurance despite increasing competition in recent years from fixed premium facilities. The development of the fixed premium market and, in particular, the rapid growth of the P&I account of the marine and energy syndicate 329 at Lloyd's led by Jonathan Jones, served to increase pressure on premium rating in recent years


London Club Achieves Income Targets

The London P&I Club achieved its premium income targets during the renewal negotiations completed on February 20. It now has a total fleet entry of more than 30 million gross tons, covering all categories of membership. Major new entries in the Club included fourteen bulk carriers operated by Petros Pappas' Sentinel Marine Services in Greece. Also, existing members - including the Schuldt Group, V Ships, Cosco Hong Kong, and MISC - entered additional vessels with the Club.


Following the Path of the Transport Revolution

Photo credit: Captain Katharine Sweeney

TT Club, established to fill a gap in insurance as the freight container revolutionized trade, celebrates 45 years dedicated service to the transport and logistics sector. In 1956, the first strengthened containers were loaded onto a spar deck of the converted tanker, Ideal X. This marked the fulfilment of a dream for American trucker Malcom McLean who had, since 1937, been working on how to reduce the long waiting hours for dockers to stow or unload his vehicles onto or off ships


UK P&I Club: 6.5% General Increase for 2015

The UK P&I Club board has agreed at its meeting on October 27, 2014 that the general increase for the 2015 renewal will be 6.5%. The premium rating increase is in addition to any change in the cost of the international group reinsurance premium for 2015 for the mutual members, which will be determined next January. In setting the general increase, the UK Club board said it is mindful of the balance between the needs of the club’s members and its commitment to maintaining


Maritime Administrator Honored

Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton, pictured speaking a the recent annual meeting of the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers, was honored by the International Propeller Club. (Photo Credit: Greg Trauthwein) The International Propeller Club named Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton the 2007 Maritime Person of the Year at its 81st annual International Convention held in Athens, Greece. Administrator Connaughton was honored for his “leadership


A.M. Best Awards TT Club "A-" Rating

TT Club, the leading mutual insurer in the international freight and logistics arena, has had its financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) re-affirmed by the US rating agency, A. M. Best.  TT’s issuer credit rating was also maintained at "a-" by the agency, which at the same time determined that the outlook for both ratings remains "stable." In a statement issued today announcing the Club’s ratings, A. M


Seaway CEO to Speak out on Marine Highways

Seaway CEO to speak at Montreal's Canadian Club (March 26) and Toronto's Economic Club (March 27).     Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, will be delivering a speech entitled "The Seaway - Not Just a Marine Highway". The speech will be given at the Montreal Canadian Club on March 26, and at the Toronto Economic Club on March 27.  


Members Boost London P&I Club Tonnage

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The London P&I Club has increased its membership by almost two million gross tons over the past year. This increase reflects the entry of further tonnage with the club by existing members, and the addition of new members from China, Greece, Singapore, Turkey, and the U.K. Ian Gooch, chief executive of the club’s management team, says, “The London P&I Club heads into 2014/15 after a solid renewal and further controlled growth


Ocean Safety, Richard Irvin Marine Safety Merger

David Hale (left) and Aidan Morrissey (right) at their new facility

  Ocean Safety has today announced the merger with Richard Irvin Energy Solutions Marine Safety Division and their Aberdeen branch.   This merger follows the 3Si Group’s recent acquisition of both companies, which are set to combine premises in Aberdeen to operate from a single


Oceans Can’t Take Any more: Researchers Fear Fundamental Change

To date, the oceans have essentially been the planet’s refrigerator and carbon dioxide storage locker.

  Our oceans need an immediate and substantial reduction of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. If that doesn’t happen, we could see far-reaching and largely irreversible impacts on marine ecosystems, which would especially be felt in developing countries


New Binding Law of The Sea Agreement Advanced

  WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit (Singapore, 9-11 November 2015) Will Enable Industry to Organize its Input to this Major New Ocean Treaty Development The U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) last week adopted a formal resolution to develop a legally-binding treaty for the conservation of marine


Ocean Safety’s New Liferaft Facility Opens

Photo courtesy of Ocean Safety

Ocean Safety, a specialist in the worldwide supply, distribution, service and hire of marine safety equipment, has opened a new liferaft hire division.   Ocean Safety trialed the liferaft hire programme for a year before confirming its initial success


Arctic Ocean Acidification May Corrode Animals' Shells

Arctic Ocean experiencing acidification. Photo: NOAA

 Arctic Ocean is facing a dilemma today and that is acidification. Ocean acidification is a result or a chemical reaction which happens when seawater absorbs too much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere—reducing its acidity, carbon ion concentration and saturation.  


Call for Increased VDR Testing Awareness

Ian Barr (Photo: London P&I Club)

The London P&I Club has called for greater familiarization by ships’ officers and crews with the testing requirements relating to Voyage Data Recorders after two recent claims incidents investigated by the club’s loss prevention team revealed VDR malfunctions.


American Club: Solid Progress despite Challenging Market

Joe Hughes (Photo: American Club)

International P&I insurer continues positive trend into 2015   The American Club reported solid progress during 2014 at the annual meeting of its members held in New York today. Despite a challenging economic climate, the club’s business had developed favorably


Clean Ocean Access Partners Newport Boat Show

  Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today that Clean Ocean Access is its Official Charitable Partner for the 45th Annual Newport International Boat Show. A 501(C)3non-profit organization


Crowley Vessels Receive AMVER Awards

Crowley Maritime Corp. announced that 65 of its vessels were recently recognized for participation in the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) program, a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to


Australian Bio-Robots to Explore in the Indian Ocean

Nick Hardman-Mountford from CSIRO checks a BioArgo’s satellite communication link. Photo Credit: CSIRO

 CSIRO will be releasing a fleet of floating bio-robots between Christmas Island and Madagascar next week to measure biological indicators in the Indian Ocean including dissolved oxygen, nitrate, organic matter and particles.   A bio-robot is a robot which can measure properties


'Corporate Ocean Responsibility'

Paul Holthus

Recently in its New York City office Maritime Reporter sat with Paul Holthus, CEO of the World Ocean Council, for a discussion of the trend toward corporate ocean responsibility and his organization’s contribution to that end. Can you tell us a bit about your meeting at the United


Bergen Shetland Race Yachts at Lerwick

Yachting at Lerwick

  The yacht Serenity, skippered by Fridtjov Bergmann, proudly flies the Bergen Shetland Blue Ribbon as first to finish this year’s race across the North Sea from Norway. He later received Lerwick Port Authority's trophy for first yacht over the line, at 20:56 hours on Thursday


WOC Provides Industry Comments on U.S. NOP

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  The World Ocean Council (WOC) has submitted a paper synthesizing the common themes from industry comments on the U.S. National Ocean Policy (NOP). Initiated in 2010, the NOP calls for the protection, maintenance, and restoration of the health of ocean, coastal


Ocean Safety Inks Rescue Boat Distributor Deal

Photo courtesy of Ocean Safety

Ocean Safety, a company in the worldwide supply, distribution, service and hire of marine safety equipment, announced its appointment as sales and service agents for the full range of Narwhal SOLAS approved Rescue Boats.   Narwhal models include the SV-420, SV 480


China Says Indian Ocean Not Backyard of India

Image: US Navy

 The perception that Indian Ocean is India's "backyard" may result in clashes, Chinese military officials and experts have cautioned.    The Indian Ocean cannot be a backyard of India which navies of other countries could not visit






 
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