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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


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


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. 


Singapore, Malaysia Conduct Joint Chemical Spill Drill

Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Marine Department of Malaysia (MDM) conducted a joint chemical spill exercise at sea along the East Johor Straits to test the Joint Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for chemical spill incidents and the communication linkages between the


Protecting Sensitive Sea Areas in South-East Asia

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 Further progress towards identifying and designating Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) in south-east Asia has been made during a regional meeting in Lombok, Indonesia (27-28 July).    Some 30 participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines


Mozambique Workshop Supports Seafarer Training and Assessment

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 An International Maritime Organization (IMO)-led workshop in Maputo, Mozambique is supporting countries in south-eastern Africa in implementing the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping ) Convention, which establishes international standards for training


Friend of the Sea Turns to BMT for Reefer Vessels Certification

BMT Surveys (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, the international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has been engaged by Friend of the Sea to investigate whether specialized reefer vessels comply with the broad set of requirements to qualify for certification. 


Cenac Marine to Christen New Vessel, Donate Barge

Benny Cenac (Photo: Cenac Marine Services)

A ceremony will be held July 29 at Cenac Marine Services headquarters in, Houma, La. To commemorate the christening of its newest vessel, M/V Quincey Cenac, as well as the company’s donation of a spud barge to Terrebonne Parish.  


Brown Named Bureau Veritas Communications Director

Nick Brown (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Nick Brown has been appointed Bureau Veritas’ new Communications Director, Marine & Offshore Division, the classification society announced.    Brown will take up the post from November 2, 2016, replacing Philippe Boisson, who will retire after more than 25 years in the role


Bay-Houston's New Escort Tug Launched

Laura B (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched Laura B, the final vessel in a series of four Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class terminal and escort tugs built for Bay-Houston Towing Co. The Laura B is scheduled to deliver in 2016.  


DP World Eyes Taiwan Port

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 Global marine container terminal operator DP World  will help to expand the development of Kaohsiung Port’s Terminal 7, which is owned by the state run Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC), in an effort to increase its Asian portfolio.  


Panama Canal: Assessing the Risk & Reward

COSCO SHIPPING: Panama makes the first commercial transit of a Neopanamax through the Expanded Panama Canal. (Photo courtesy of the Panama Canal Authority)

The Panama Canal’s impact on shipping routes and vessel sizes since it opened in 1914 is undisputed. This will continue with the opening of a third channel for larger vessels in 2016. This briefing examines the risk management impact of this expansion on the maritime industry.  


AkzoNobel Acheives ISO 19030 Compliance

AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business has outlined for the first time its full compliance with ISO 19030, the new standard for measuring hull and propeller performance. The requirements for ISO 19030 have been incorporated into AkzoNobel’s recommendations for hull performance monitoring


Fuel Consumption, Emissions Monitoring Software Updated

Aquarius MAS on Blue Star Delos upgraded with new software which allows real-time reporting and logging of fuel consumption and emissions Image Eco Marine Power

As part of the ongoing Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project, Eco Marine Power (EMP) stated that the Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) installed on Blue Star Delos has been updated with new fuel oil consumption (FOC) and emissions monitoring software.


Boeing 767 Shipped by Barge

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MTS Statum completes marine towage of barge carrying Boeing 767 from Shannon Airport   Marine service provider Marine and Towage Services Group Ltd. (MTS) has completed a charter to deliver a Boeing 767 from Shannon Airport to its new home at the Quirky Glamping site in Enniscrone


Volvo Penta Names Brown Commercial Marine Sales Director

Dave Brown (Photo: Volvo Penta of the Americas)

Dave Brown has joined Volvo Penta of the Americas as director of commercial marine sales.   In this new position, Brown will provide strategic and administrative direction and leadership to support overall segment growth. His primary focus will be to secure and maintain effective business


Cargo Barge Launched for Alaska Marine Lines

Skagway Provider was launched in Portland, Ore. on July 7 (Photo: The Greenbrier Companies)

 Alaska Marine Lines celebrated the launch of its newest barge, Skagway Provider, at a ceremony July 7 at Gunderson Marine in Portland, Ore. where the vessel was constructed. The heavy deck cargo barge will make its maiden voyage from Seattle to Southeast Alaska July 29 and will begin serving


Romica Manufacturer Secures DNV GL Approval

Bob Turner (Photo: Romica)

U.K. winch maker Romica said it is to “redouble its exports drive” after its Romania-based manufacturing partner successfully acquired accreditation with DNV GL.   Yorkshire based Romica is a designer, manufacturer and supplier of lift equipment and winches for use within the






 
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