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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


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  


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.


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. 


ST Marine Delivers 4th Patrol Vessel to Oman

A series of four patrol vessels designed and built by ST Marine for the Royal Navy of Oman, namely RNOV Al-Seeb, RNOV Shinas, RNOV Sadh and RNOV Khassab (Photo: ST Marine)

Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), has held the Interim Acceptance ceremony for the Patrol Vessel (PV) RNOV Khasab.   This is the final, in a series of four vessels


UK First to Accept Marine Geoengineering Amendments

Photo: IMO

The United Kingdom has become the first state to formally accept the 2013 marine geoengineering amendments to the 1996 “London Protocol”, the treaty covering dumping of wastes at sea.   The amendments support the precautionary approach by providing for specific marine


Conrad Shipyard Forms LNG Business Unit

Conrad LNG Vice President Brett Wolbrink (Photo: Conrad Shipyard)

Conrad Shipyard has formed a new business unit focused on LNG projects.   Conrad, builder of North America’s first LNG bunker barge scheduled for 2017 delivery, said it continues to actively pursue other LNG opportunities, including developing designs for additional transport barges


UK First to Accept Marine Geoengineering Amendments

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The United Kingdom has become the first State to formally accept the 2013 marine geoengineering amendments to the 1996 “London Protocol”, the treaty covering dumping of wastes at sea.    The amendments support the precautionary approach by providing for specific


Simrad Tech for Sydney Fast Ferries

Ocean Wave courtesy Simrad

Four new fast ferries, owned and managed by Manly Ferries and operating in the busy waters of Sydney Harbour, will use Simrad technology for safe navigation. The owner has specified a range of Simrad bridge equipment for its latest vessels, including an NSO Evo2 quad-core marine processor


AkzoNobel Wins Major Environmental Award

Mike Winter accepting award on behalf of AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel’s pioneering methodology for rewarding ship owners who use sustainable hull coatings has been named Environmental Leader Product of the Year for 2016. The award recognizes the introduction of the shipping industry’s first carbon credits methodology


VIDEO: WinGD X-DF Engine Powered Chem Tanker Passes Test

The first dual-fuel two-stroke engine employing the low-pressure X-DF gas admission technology developed by Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) passed the final milestone in its evolution from a technical concept to commercial operation as a marine main engine.  


Alfa Laval Announced Plans for SMM 2016

Photo: Alfa Laval

At SMM 2016, Alfa Laval will mark the 100th anniversary of its first marine separator, and present marine customers with more new solutions.   Over the course of a century, Alfa Laval has provided solutions for a whole spectrum of marine challenges – aimed at improving


Donors Give $2.9 Mln to Train BC’s Future Shipbuilders

MP Randeep Sarai, Jonathan Whitworth - Seaspan CEO, and Brian Carter – President, Seaspan Shipyards with the recipients of today’s multi-year, multimillion dollar investment in the training of BC’s future shipbuilders (Photo: Seaspan)

The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, in conjunction with Seaspan, announced today a multi-year, multimillion dollar investment in the future of British Columbia’s marine industrial sector.   The commitment totals $2.9 million and includes a three-year, $900


SeaPro FourStroke Making Gains in the Commercial Market

Mercury SeaPro commercial outboards (Image: Mercury Marine)

Mercury Marine’s family of SeaPro FourStroke outboard engines is suited for high-hour applications and harsh environments, according to the manufacturer, who said the engines are gaining popularity within the commercial marketplace.  


Norsepower’s Rotor Sail Wins Innovation Award

M/V Estraden vessel with two rotors fitted (Photo: International Windship Association)

Judges describe world’s first renewable energy-powered vessel technology as “unlike anything else and…truly innovative”   Norsepower Oy Ltd., the developer of the world’s first renewable energy-powered vessel technology


Bronson Hsieh Leaves Evergreen to Head Yang Ming

Bronson Hsieh. Pic by  Evergreen Group

 Evergreen Group vice chairman Bronson Hsieh has been appointed chairman of rival Taiwan carrier Yang Ming Marine.   Yang Ming Marine Transport, the nation’s second-largest container shipper in terms of fleet size, approved Hsieh’s appointment, reports said.  


Terntank's first 15000DWT Chemical Tanker Passes Sea Trials

Terntanks first 15000DWT Chemical Tanker with WinGD X-DF engine  Photo WinGD

The first dual-fuel two-stroke engine employing the low-pressure X-DF gas admission technology developed by Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has passed the final milestone in its evolution from a technical concept to commercial operation as a marine main engine.


Orca Energy ESS to Power Fish Farm Support Vessel

All Electric Fish Farm Support Vessel Photo Orca Energy

Grovfjord Mek. Verksted AS (GMV) has selected Corvus Energy as the supplier of the lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for a fish farm support vessel called GMV ZERO. GMV will utilize Corvus’ next generation Orca Energy ESS to support the vessel’s entire energy requirements


Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award Recipients Named

Clockwise (from top left) Arthur E. Imperatore, Christopher Wiernicki, and Donald Marcus, Photo USS

The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2016 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) will be presented to Arthur E. Imperatore, Founder and President of New York Waterways; Donald Marcus, President of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots; and Christopher Wiernicki






 
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