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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.  

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

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. 

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. 

Swan Energy to Invest $845 mln for FSRU Terminal

Image by Swan Energy Limited

 Swan Energy Limited will invest around Rs. 5,600 crore ($845 mln) towards setting up of Jafrabad LNG Port project in Gujarat with one jetty-moored Floating, Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU).   The joint venture project by Swan Energy Limited (SEL) and its Belgium partner Exmar

Vesper Marine Debuts New AIS Transponder

XB-6000 (Image: Vesper Marine)

Marine safety products manufacturer Vesper Marine has released a new Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS), the XB-6000. The black box transponder includes a built-in NMEA 2000 gateway and GPS antenna that integrates AIS, GPS and NMEA instrument data to display vital safety information on

Crowley Opens Government Services Office

Military Sealift Command vessel USNS Invincible (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp. has opened a new government services office in downtown Norfolk, Va. to help the company better serve government agencies such as the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD).  

Oshawa Port Authority Joins Green Marine

The Oshawa Port Authority, one of Green Marine’s founding members as the former Oshawa Harbor Commission, announced it is again a Green Marine participant.   Green Marine is a voluntary initiative in Canada and the U.S. targeting levels of environmental performance that exceed the

Ecoslops Produces First Marine Fuel Prodcuts

Photo: Ecoslops

Ecoslops' refinery in the Port of Sinès, Portugal, has commenced industrial production and delivered the first volume of marine fuel products compliant with ISO8217, validating the company’s commercial proposition, the company announced today

Pioneer Marine Plunges into Red Again, Cancels Ship Orders

Photo by Pioneer Marine Inc

 Singapore-based Pioneer Marine reported a $5.4m loss for the third quarter of 2015, about even with a $5m loss in the same quarter last year.  It canceled orders for three new ships as the bulk-ship operator coped with a steep decline in demand for commodities in China.  

GBP1mln Grant to Create 100 Jobs at Ferguson Shipyard

Ferguson Marine. Photo by Clyde Blowers Capital

 The last commercial shipyard on the Clyde, Scotland, has secured grant to help safeguard 125 jobs and create a further 100. Ferguson shipyard has been awarded a £1m grant to refurbish its Port Glasgow premises and help fund new jobs.  

Thordon Wins Environmental Award

Thordon Bearings’ George Morrison was presented with the Tanker Shipping & Trade Environmental Award for the COMPAC system (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

COMPAC, Thordon Bearings’ seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearing system, won the Tanker Shipping & Trade Environment Award following a verdict that the system allows shipowners to cost-effectively comply with stringent marine pollution rules.  

Parker Bestobell Marine Launches Compact Valve

Parker Bestobell Marine has launched a new compact version of its Float Isolation Valve (FLIV). The compact FLIV, which is 150mm in diameter and 600mm high, was developed to cater for the use of smaller diameter floats that are now being specified by shipyards for secondary level monitoring

Cadmatic Used for Alaska Ferry Design

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) has awarded the Alaska Class Ferry project to Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska, where construction is currently underway. Providing production design for the ferry is Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten

Cammell Laird Seals the Deal for UK Polar Ship

NERC chief operating officer Paul Fox and Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret seal the deal in Birkenhead on November 19 (Photo: Cammell Laird)

The deal has been finalized for marine and engineering services company Cammell Laird to begin work on the U.K.’s new £200 million polar research ship.   The Birkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird said it saw off competition from Europe and beyond including Korea and Singapore to be

P&O Maritime Rebranded Repasa

Vessels from the Repasa fleet in action. Courtesy DP World

  P&O Maritime has announced the rebranding of its joint venture company Repasa, the Spanish operator of offshore support vessels for the energy industry.   P&O Repasa will become the official brand of the joint venture which has expanded its fleet in the offshore towage

Malaysia Detains 3 Vessels Over Illegal Oil Transfer

Pic courtesy: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

 Three oil tanker ships were detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) off the waters of Pengerang  for illegal ship-to-ship transfer of marine fuel oil (MFO) near Pengerang.    Tanjung Sedili District Maritime Enforcement head

Honeywell to Automate Finland's First LNG Terminal

The liquid natural gas terminal under construction in Finland. Image credit: SkanGas

 Honeywell has announced that it has received a contract to supply its Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) automation controls and tank gauging systems for Finland’s first LNG import terminal.   The new terminal will efficiently supply natural gas to marine vessels and

MOL Subsidiary to Build Ro-Pax Ferries

Ro-Pax(roll onroll off passenger)ferries.

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that its group company Ferry Sunflower Limited is moving ahead with plans to construct two large-scale Ro-Pax (roll on/roll off passenger) ferries. The newbuilding ferries will be delivered in March and June of 2018 as replacements for the Sunflower

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