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Willis North America Expands Marine Practice

Francesca Skyes

Insurance Broker will Deliver Expertise to Maritime and Cargo Industries in Eastern Virginia and Mid-Atlantic Region. Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings, the global insurance broker with operations in Virginia, has announced two key appointments to strengthen its Marine Practice and drive growth across the region.     Willis is a leading insurance broker that provides risk management and employee benefit solutions across a wide range of industries. With more than 2,800 clients and 400 dedicated marine professionals worldwide, Willis is one of the most trusted names in marine insurance, with expertise in hull, cargo and general marine liabilities. Willis of Virginia, Inc., which is headquartered in Richmond, includes approximately 100 Associates with additional offices in Norfolk and Reston. Jeremy Sykes and Francesca Sykes have been appointed Client Advocates of the Willis Marine Practice, Willis of Virginia. They will be responsible for business development within the Marine Practice. Mr. Sykes and Ms. Sykes will also work to expand Willis’ footprint in the Virginia marketplace and align the company’s global resources to deliver outstanding risk management services to firms in the Marine industry. Commenting on these appointments,  HB Whitmore, Managing Partner, Willis of Virginia said


Marine Insurance Brokerage Makes Key Appointments

Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings, the global insurance broker with operations in Virginia, appoints two Client Advocates. Jeremy Sykes and Francesca Sykes have been appointed Client Advocates of the Willis Marine Practice, Willis of Virginia. They will be responsible for business development within the Marine Practice. Mr. Sykes and Ms. Sykes will also work to expand Willis’ footprint in the Virginia marketplace and align the company’s global resources


New Maritime Cargo Insurance – 'Undercover'

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Willis Group Holdings has launched a new insurance facility, called Undercover, to protect cargo in transit and in store against all types of political violence, terrorism and war risks, informs shipping trade association Maritime London. The global risk adviser, insurance and reinsurance broker says that, in recent years, cargo losses worth more than one hundred million dollars have not been recovered under traditional cargo insurance policies due to critical exposures being excluded.


“Perfect Storm” Results in Most Challenging P&I Renewal

The upcoming Protection and Indemnity (P&I) renewal is poised to be the most challenging in a decade as a result of difficult economic conditions for ship operators, poor underwriting results and some of the largest claims in history, according to Willis Global Marine, a division of Willis Group Holdings plc (WSH:NYSE), the global insurance broker, in its annual P&I Market Review. The P&I market results last year (2011/12) showed a 13% increase in incurred claims, a 5


Engstrom is Named Willis' Seattle CEO

Willis has named Chris Engstrom CEO of its Seattle office, one of the global insurance broker's leading U.S. operations. Engstrom brings tremendous local market knowledge and 16 years of insurance industry experience. He previously served as senior vice president for Wagle Insurance Companies in Seattle.


AEU Announce Addition to Staff

Andrea Mills (Photo: AEU)

Mike Lapeyrouse, President and CEO of The American Equity Underwriters (AEU) said that Andrea Mills has joined the AEU staff effective May 6, 2013. Andrea has been a broker for 25 years and for the last eight years has served as Vice President, Client Advocate at Willis – Mobile. She joins AEU as Senior Vice President – Director of Strategic Business Development. www.amequity.com  


Marine Industry Continues To Suffer From September 11

Still more than five months later, the maritime industry continues to feel the effects from the terrorist attacks on America, as the events of September 11 have accelerated hardening market conditions in the marine sector. Prior to September, capital providers were beginning to force the upward trend of the cycle. This trend was underpinned with some withdrawal of capacity and reduction in the overall number of players through mergers or withdrawal from the class.


This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – January 21

1881- The light was first shown at Tillamook Lighthouse, located 19 miles south of the Columbia River entrance. 1897- Secretary of Treasury empowered to bestow life-saving medals. 1969-CGC Point Banks while on patrol south of Cam Rahn Bay received a call for help from a nine-man ARVN detachment trapped by two Vietcong platoons.  Petty Officers Willis Goff and Larry Villareal took a 14-foot Boston whaler ashore to rescue the ARVN troops


Offshore Equipment Firm Acquisition by Forum Energy

Houston-based Forum Energy Technologies agrees to acquire Blohm + Voss Oil Tools from STAR Capital Partners Limited (STAR), a London based private equity firm. Completion of the transaction is subject to certain customary closing conditions.  Further details of the transaction were not disclosed. With locations in Hamburg, Germany and Willis, Texas, Blohm + Voss Oil Tools manufactures a comprehensive range of pipe handling equipment used on offshore and onshore drilling rigs. 


London International Shipping Week Kicks Off

Red Ensign: Image courtesy of Maritime UK

Maritime UK welcomes leaders from across the global shipping, ports and maritime business services sectors to the inaugural London International Shipping Week from 9, September 2013. Through the week, Maritime UK will be covering all the major stories, announcements and events. On Monday morning it will publish the results of an extensive survey of UK industry leaders, saying what they think of the UK economy and its competitiveness. 


This Day In Naval History: May 31

1900 - Sailors and Marines from USS Newark (C 1) and USS Oregon (BB 3) arrive at Peking (now known as Beijing), China, to protect U.S. and foreign diplomatic legations during the Boxer Rebellion.   1918 - USS President Lincoln is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine, (U 90)


ABB Software to Monitor Cosco Heavy Transport Fleet

Xiang Rui Kou (Photo: Cosco Heavy Transport)

ABB, a power and automation technology group, will supply its onboard motion monitoring and forecasting system to the Xiang Rui Kou heavy lift vessel, meaning the entire fleet of Cosco Heavy Transport now benefits from the software.   


Strategic Marine Building Luxury Crewboat

24m Catamaran Passenger Ferry Courtesy Strategic Marine

Strategic Marine announced the kick-off of its first collaboration with PT. Pelayaran Tanjung Kumawa, expecting to deliver an exclusive luxury crewboat in November this year. “The vessel is currently under construction at Strategic Marine’s facility in Vietnam


Harding Sold to Palfinger

Herbert Ortner CEO Palfinger and Styrk Bekkenes CEO Harding Photo Palfinger

The PALFINGER Group has signed today the acquisition of 100 per cent of the shares in Herkules Harding Holding AS and thus, the globally operating Harding Group. The seller is the Norwegian private equity fund Herkules. Harding is one of the leading suppliers of lifesaving equipment and lifecycle


Korean Shipbuilder Could Be Liquidated

Photo: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co.

 South Korea's STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. has filed for receivership, following massive losses that have mounted up over the past two years, says a report in the WSJ.    According to multiple sources from the shipbuilding industry


SRH Marine and Setel Powerline Pact for Greek Market

Photo: SRH Marine Electronics

 SRH Marine Electronics SA and SETEL PowerLine Ltd have entered a Reseller and Installation Partner Agreement.    Through this cooperation SRH is able to offer a complete and holistic approach to e-Navigation concept through Setel PowerLine specializing in the design and


US Navy Updated Zika Virus Infection Guidance

The aedes albopictus mosquito is the primary carrier for the chikungunya virus, also known as CHIK, in the temperate climates of the United States. While Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall officials test regularly for the presence of West Nile Virus in local mosquitoes, joint base residents can take a number of preventative steps to help stem mosquito breeding and activity near residences on the joint base. (U.S. Army photo)

Navy Medicine released updated Zika Virus Infection guidance in NAVADMIN 121/16, May 26, communicating current information, travel precautions, and risk reduction measures to Navy and Marine Corps personnel. "The updated NAVADMIN includes the latest Centers for Disease Control and


CBP, AMO Unveils New Interceptor Vessel

New Coastal Interceptor Vessel Photo CBP

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) and SAFE Boat International celebrated the unveiling of AMO’s newest coastal interceptor vessel (CIV) Thursday. In honor of AMO’s historical legacy, this first CIV will be named the Alexandria


Seaspan Acquires Eighth 14000 TEU Vessel

Seaspan Spanning the Ocean Highways Photo Seaspan

Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) announced today that it accepted delivery of a 14000 TEU containership, the YM Width. The new containership, which was constructed at CSBC Corporation, Taiwan ("CSBC") is Seaspan's eighth 14000 TEU SAVER design containership and fourth delivery in 2016.


1,076 Graduate from U.S. Naval Academy

Newly commissioned Navy Ensigns and Marine 2nd Lieutenants from the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2016 throw their midshipmen covers in the air at the end of their graduation and commissioning ceremony May 27 at the Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium. Photo USN

The U.S. Naval Academy graduated 1,076 men and women at the annual graduation and commissioning ceremony May 27 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Ted Carter spoke about the particularly significant achievements of the Class of 2016


SAFE Boats Delivers First CIV for Air and Marine Operations

Photo: SAFE Boats International

SAFE Boats International (SBI), a manufacturer of aluminum boats located in Bremerton, Wash., has completed the first Coastal Interceptor Vessel (CIV) on contract from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO).  


Haven Marine Signs Service Contract with Svitzer

Svitzer Bentley undergoing repairs. (Photo: Svitzer)

Haven Marine Services informs it has signed a five year contract with Svitzer which will see the yard service the requirements of Svitzer’s vessels within the Bristol Channel and Irish Sea areas. Haven Marine Services’ Managing Director, Steven Arnold, stated


Wärtsilä Donates Engine to Texas A&M University

The 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 diesel engine donated to Texas A&M Galveston is housed in an engineering lab on the University campus. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä has donated an 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 engine and generating set, to the Marine Engineering Technology Department at Texas A&M University at Galveston. The donation represents a continuation of Wärtsilä's ongoing industry support programme aimed at helping


Bay Shipbuilding Delivers ATB to Moran

The Barbara Carol Ann Moran ready for christening ceremonies (Photo: Fincantieri Marine Group)

Fincantieri Marine Group’s Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) has delivered the Articulated Tug Barge unit (ATB) Barbara Carol Ann Moran and the 110,000-barrel barge Louisiana to Moran Towing Corporation.   The 5,300-HP, 121-foot vessel is certified ABS Class +A-1 Towing Service, +AMS


Tideland Signal Acquires Julius Signal

Tideland Signal Corporation, now part of Xylem, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of Julius Signal, extending the company’s portfolio of marine and offshore aids to navigation offerings.   Julius Signal’s product portfolio includes an array of






 
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