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Insights: H. Elder Brown, Jr.

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Chairman of the Board of Directors, Fidelis Group Holdings LLC and Continental Underwriters, Ltd.   For those in the marine insurance and underwriting communities, H. Elder Brown, Jr. needs no introduction. That’s because over the course of the past 27 years, Brown has taken Continental Underwriters Ltd. (CUL) from a small family business to one of the largest brown water marine underwriters in the United States. More recently, Brown returned CUL to private ownership by purchasing CUL back from Houston Casualty Company in 2009.  Today, CUL is an industry leader in part due to the company’s excellent underwriting and claims handling. A 1974 graduate of Loyola University, Brown has steadily risen through the ranks of marine insurance, serving along the way in the Claims Department, as Assistant Underwriter, Senior Underwriter and eventually earning his current position as Chairman of the board of directors. Starting out as an Offshore Crew boat captain, Brown at one time operated and managed oilfield crew boats. As such, his knowledge of this unique market niche extends far beyond simple dollars and cents. This month, he weighs in for MarineNews readers on a host issues affecting marine insurance and those who depend on those services. How do you view the marine insurance marketplace at the current time? How about in one year? Five?


U.S. Extends Marine War Risk Insurance

Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta has approved an extension of the authority to provide war risk insurance under Section 1202 of the 1936 Merchant Marine Act (Act). Unlike Section 1205 insurance, which is provided to the Department of Defense (DOD) on vessels chartered to them at no premium and with a full DOD indemnity, Section 1202 insurance is underwritten by DOT in return for a premium from shipowners. This insurance or reinsurance of vessels is available for vessels (including


Walker Joins Moore Stephens

Moore Stephens has appointed Lloyd's insurance market expert Tim Walker a consultant to its insurance and business intelligence team. Walker has extensive experience of international - and particularly Lloyd's - underwriting markets. He was a director of Miller Underwriting Agencies for ten years until starting his own full-time Lloyd's consultancy in 1993, in which capacity he acts as manager to Charles Taylor & Co, managers of The Stop Loss Mutual Insurance Association Ltd.


Norwegian Courts Reject Insurance Forum

Wikborg Rein, a Norwegian law firm, said Norway's Supreme Court has closed a door to claimants attempting to act against foreign shipowners insuring themselves in Norway. Anders Faerden, a partner in Wikborg Rein's Oslo office, said, "A Mexican insurance company has unsuccessfully brought a claim in Norway against a major Russian shipowner. The claimant tried to sue the Russian company in Norway because it had its P&I cover with Oslo-based Skuld.


Logistics Insurance Provider Opens New Corporate HQ

Tactical Insurance Group has opened a new corporate office to facilitate the expansion of the company into its targeted industry sector –  Logistics Insurance. One of the South Central region's leading insurance brokers, Tactical Insurance Group, has moved into a newly expanded corporate office facility in Dallas as part of its strategy to grow its Logistics Insurance practice throughout Texas and surrounding states.


XL Offers KRE Cover to Yacht Owners

Denise Balan

  To help yacht owners navigate increasingly risky waters, XL Group is adding a Kidnap, Ransom & Extortion (KRE) Crisis endorsement to ShipShape, and ShipShape Plus, its recreational marine insurance coverages. "Crisis events like kidnapping, disappearance and hijack are increasingly real threats, especially on open seas," explained Denise Balan, Country Manager of XL's US Crisis Management business which developed the KRE endorsement


Moore Stephens Says Insurance Industry Must Embrace Business Intelligence

Regulatory developments mean that failure to make proper use of business intelligence systems and actuarial consultancy to assess risk could lead not only to significant financial losses but also to disciplinary penalties for insurance underwriters and brokers, according to leading accountant and consultant Moore Stephens. John Harbor, head of the Moore Stephens Insurance Industry Group, says, "Professional risk analysis and modern data management techniques are


Barbican Acquires Marine Insurance Broker

Barbican Group Holdings Limited (Barbican) announced that it has acquired Seacurus Ltd (Seacurus), a U.K.-based specialist marine insurance broker. Established in 2004, Seacurus focuses specifically on revenue protection in the marine insurance market. A provider of marine kidnap and ransom insurance, the company offers a range of products designed to help companies in the shipping industry manage a wide variety of operating and financial risks.


IMG Enhance Marine Group Medical Insurance Program

International Medical Group® (IMG) a leader in designing, distributing and administering global medical insurance benefits, has announced its enhanced flagship marine group medical insurance program. According to IMG, the enhancements enable ship owners to provide their crew comprehensive coverage for eligible medical expenses, which is increasingly important with the enactment of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006).


XL Catlin Unveils Cargo Insurance Policy

Anne Marie Elder (Photo: XL Catlin)

XL Catlin’s Americas Marine business has introduced its first new marine product, an insurance policy to offer cargo insurance coverage on a domestic, foreign or worldwide basis.   According to Anne Marie Elder, Chief Underwriting Officer of XL Catlin’s Americas Marine business, “To move assets, goods and products from point A to point B, businesses are contending with complex logistics, compliance issues and increasing threats of theft – to name a few


LOC, Studio Navale Canepa Join Forces

Courtesy LOC Group

Leading international marine and engineering consultancy LOC Group has announced a collaboration agreement with marine survey experts Studio Navale Canepa (SNC) of Italy. Together the two organisations are combining expertise and their global networks to offer unrivalled casualty services to the


LOC Group Partners with Studio Navale Canepa

Marine and engineering consultancy LOC Group and marine survey experts Studio Navale Canepa (SNC) have entered a collaboration agreement whereby the two organizations will combine expertise and global networks to offer casualty services to the Italian market.  


Anticipating Market Change Crucial for Industry - Braemar

(l to r) James aBeckett, Head of Dry Cargo Broking Braemar ACM; Denis Petropoulos, President Braemar Group Asia; and Peter Ryan, Head of Consultancy Braemar Incorporating the Salvage Association. Photo Braemar Group

Being in a position to accurately anticipate change in the shipping markets is becoming ever more crucial for maritime service providers, as owning principals demand more solutions to the problems created by over-ordering, according to Braemar Group Asia President Denis Petropoulos.


Faulkner Joins Braemar SA as Manager

David Faulkner Courtesy Braemar

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) has appointed David Faulkner as ‘Manager, Ports and Harbours (Middle East)’. David is a Master Mariner and pilot and will be based in the Braemar SA Abu Dhabi office. He has extensive experience in providing specialist port


Britannia and UK P&I Clubs in Merger Talks

The boards of the Britannia Club and the UK P&I Club announced today that the two groups are in merger discussions.   The boards of the Clubs will now begin a process to determine whether the merger is possible and delivers appropriate benefit to their respective Memberships


Pioneer Marine Posts Loss, Takes New Delivery

Image: Pioneer Marine

 Singapore-based dry bulk operator Pioneer Marine posted a loss of $80.6m for the fourth quarter, and a yearly loss of $96.9m for 2015.   Excluding the effect of the impairment loss, net loss as adjusted would have been $22.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 or $0


Solution to Iran Shipping Insurance Issues Months Away

Frontline, one of the world's largest independent tanker firms, says securing insurance for cargoes carrying oil from Iran is likely to take another two to three months, potentially limiting Iran's ability to quickly ramp up oil exports.  


Constrains on Iran Oil Shipping Insurance Still Remain

Photo: Frontline Management AS

 The chief executive of Frontline, one of the world's largest independent tanker firms, said it is likely to take another two or three months until insurance for cargoes carrying oil from Iran is secured, according to a report in Tasnim.  


Hong Kong's Maritime Industry in Cross Road

Photo: Hongkong International Terminals Limited

 The total port cargo throughput of Hong Kong has seen a sharp decrease of 13.8% in 2015, amounting to 256.6 million tonnes, according to the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department. It is the biggest year-on-year drop in the past 10 years.  


Venture Insurance Programs Acquires Tidal Solutions

Philip J. Harvey, president of Venture Insurance Programs

Venture will rebrand and integrate Tidal Solutions specialty commercial marine products into its portfolio of industry leading programs. Venture Insurance Programs, a national insurance program administrator, today announced it has acquired Tidal Solutions, LLC, a Charlotte


Ship Insurers Plug Hole in Iran Oil Cover Left by US Sanctions

File photo: MOL

Ship insurers have stepped in to help plug a shortfall in cover for transporting Iranian oil resulting from the fact that U.S. reinsurers are still restrained by Washington's sanctions, according to officials involved in the initiative.  


Iran Seeks $2.5B to Modernize its Oil Tankers

(Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Iran is seeking $2.5 billion investment to modernise its oil tankers fleet following the lifting of sanctions against Tehran, managing director of National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA on Saturday.


UK Shipping Sector Risks Sinking Fortunes if Brexit Prevails

Photo: Port of London Authority

If Britain votes to leave the European Union, the country's shipping sector faces years of disruption as trade agreements get reworked and currency volatility leads to higher costs at a time when the industry is battling its worst global downturn.  


Manage and Mitigate Risk on the Water

Tracy Markowski

Strengthening your marine insurance   Early in the morning on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Golf Coast of the United States. Hurricane Katrina was the worst insured loss event in the history of insurance anywhere in the world. It was bigger than 9/11


ITIC to Pay Continuity Credit for 21st Year in Succession

Stuart Munro (Photo: ITIC)

For the 21st year in succession, International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) is to pay a continuity credit to all those members who renew their insurance cover during the 2016 policy year, which begins on June 1, 2016.   The CEO of ITIC, Stuart Munro, explains






 
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