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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


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.


“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


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.


Cyber Breaches Are a Top Risk, Shipping Execs Say

Photo: Willis Towers Watson

Shipping industry executives say the increased security threat from cyber and data privacy breaches is the number one risk to its sector, according to a new ranking released today by Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company. According to Willis Towers Watson’s Transportation Risk Index the second- and third-most pressing risks affecting the shipping sector are globalization of the customer base


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


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  


The OBA ShipCheck Fluids Analyzer

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Automated Technology Provides Lab-Quality Fluids Analysis On Board and In Minutes Privately held, American-based On-Site Analysis, Inc. (OSA), a manufacturer of high-tech, on-premise, automated fluids analysis equipment, has now expanded into the maritime industry with the introduction of the OBA ShipCheck, an on-board analyzer. With a physical footprint of just four square feet and weighing only 95 pounds, and using the same ASTM methods as outside labs


Webb Awards Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Hannah Wistort (Photo: Crowley)

Hannah Wistort, Webb Institute class of 2017, is the 2016-2017 recipient of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship.   Webb’s scholarship selection committee chose Wistort for her academic excellence and leadership skills


New Zealand Ratifies Ballast Water Management Convention

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 New Zealand is the latest country to accede to IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, designed to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water.    The Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017 and


GAC, Valero Ink Terminal & Marine Services Deal

The Valero refinery at pembroke Photo GAC

GAC UK has signed a three-year terminal and marine services deal with Valero Logistics UK Ltd. Under the agreement, from 1 February 2017, GAC UK will manage and support the discharge of 12-14MT of clean petroleum products each from up to 180 tankers a year at the ports of Cardiff and Plymouth


Trelleborg Expands Its Marine Operations in India

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Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has relocated and almost doubled the size of its engineering and design center of excellence in a new 1,000 square meter premises in Ahmedabad, India. Since 2009, the marine center of excellence has provided detailed engineering design


LNG: Lagging, Not Gone

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Low energy prices, depressed day rates and slow growth of bunkering infrastructure has dampened progress for the marine industry’s ‘white knight’ of environmentally friendly fuels. LNG, nevertheless, is here to stay.    Slow Start


Criminal Proceedings Against ST Marine Employee

On 12 September 2011, Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced that the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) was investigating certain transactions involving former and current employees of Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine)


All Eyes on 2020

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IMO Low-Sulfur Fuel Mandate Triggers Mixed Reaction   The International Maritime Organization’s proposals to reduce sulfur levels in marine fuels to a maximum of 0.5 percent m/m (mass/mass) by 2020 may prove to be controversial, having met with various responses from major shipping


Former ST Marine President Pleads Guilty to Corruption

Chang Cheow Teck, the former President of ST Marine, has pled guilty to ‎one charge under section 157(1) of the Companies Act. Chang was sentenced to a Short Detention Order of 14 days.    Change served as ST marine president from March 2008 to April 2010


VRC System Ordered for SSCV Sleipnir

SSCV Sleipnir (Image: Heerema Marine Contractors)

Heerema Marine Contractors has chosen Emerson Automation Solutions to provide a valve remote control (VRC) system for the world’s largest semi-submersible offshore crane vessel, SSCV Sleipnir, currently under construction at Sembcorp Marine’s shipyard in Singapore.  


Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau Acquires Marine Auditing Firm

Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau (TVIB) has acquired Quality Auditing, LC, effective December 31, 2016.    According to TVIB, the purchase strengthens its three-fold mission to provide training and continuing education for marine auditors and surveyors, develop audit and survey tools


Vallianz Shuts Singapore Yard

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 Singapore’s offshore-support vessel provider  Vallianz Holdings has ceased operations at its shipyard in Singapore as part of efforts to streamline business operations amidst the severe industry downturn.   At the end of 2016


Eastern Delivers Two Towboats to Florida Marine Transporters

MV CAPT. RICKY TORRES Photo Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the M/V CAPT. RICKY TORRES (Hull 194) on October 11, 2016, and the M/V CULLEN PASENTINE (Hull 195) on December 28, 2016; the 64th and the 65th 90’ Inland Towboat to Florida Marine Transporters, LLC of Mandeville, LA


Proposed Sanctuaries Aim to Protect Historic Shipwrecks

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The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released draft plans for proposed national marine sanctuaries in Wisconsin and Maryland that would aim to protect nationally significant shipwrecks, including those from the 1800s, World War I and other maritime battlegrounds.


Aegean Marine Rolls out New Market in Rostock, Germany

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 Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. has announced the launch of a new service center in Rostock, Germany that will serve all German Baltic Sea ports and Southern Scandinavian ports.     The operations at Rostock will be managed by the existing team at OBAST Bunkering &


ABB Propulsion, Automation and Software for Five Cruise Ships

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ABB will supply the complete power, propulsion and automation package for a series of new cruise vessels being built by MV WERFTEN for Genting Hong Kong brands Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises.   The three Crystal Cruises’ luxury “Endeavor Class” mega-yachts will feature a






 
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