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DOT Offers Insurance For Commercial Ship Owners

Maritime Administrator William G. Schubert today announced that the Maritime Administration (MARAD) is now accepting applications for war risk insurance to cover commercial ship operations in the Middle East. President Bush authorized the Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide the insurance at the request of Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta. U.S.-flag vessels are eligible, as are ships owned by U.S. companies. Other vessels may be covered if their cargoes are considered to be in the security interests of the United States. The insurance covers cargoes as well as the ships and crews. It is underwritten by DOT in return for a premium from shipowners. “War Risk Insurance, which protects vessel operators and seafarers against losses resulting from war or war-like actions, will be provided only if commercial insurance is not available to them on reasonable terms,” said Administrator Schubert. Schubert added that applications must be made on an individual-vessel basis, and that each case will be considered separately. Additionally, applicants must provide full details from insurance brokers or underwriters of the amounts, terms, and rates of the commercial insurance and justification for the conclusion that the rates are not fair or reasonable. The insurance is available only for areas currently excluded in commercial war risk trading warranties: the Persian or Arabian Gulf and adjacent waters, Israel, Lebanon, Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea, Yemen


Moore Stephens Strengthens Regulatory Advisory Team

Moore Stephens has further strengthened its regulatory advisory capability with the appointment of John Westlake as compliance manager. John Westlake has a broad perspective of the insurance industry acquired through a variety of roles, which has enabled him to support insurers and brokers in establishing effective compliance solutions. He has a strong commercial background, having acted as operations director with a personal lines insurer


State of the P&I Market: As Stocks Drop, Rates Will Rise

The 13 P&I Clubs within the International Group continue to dominate the world market for shipowners' liability insurance despite increasing competition in recent years from fixed premium facilities. The development of the fixed premium market and, in particular, the rapid growth of the P&I account of the marine and energy syndicate 329 at Lloyd's led by Jonathan Jones, served to increase pressure on premium rating in recent years


Treasury Changes Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

The Treasury Department reminded all participants and observers of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program that there will be two important changes in the program’s administration in 2004. As mandated by Congress, beginning on January 1, 2004 and throughout the remainder of 2004, an insurer’s deductible will increase from 7 percent to 10 percent of the insurer’s direct earned premium over the previous calendar year. Second


CMK’S Furman Authors Security Pamphlet

 Photo courtesy Carroll McNulty & Kull LLC

Richard L. Furman, Esq., member of Carroll McNulty & Kull LLC (CMK) of New York, has authored “Cargo Transportation Security: Legislation and Regulation Through 2009,” a pamphlet published by Matthew Bender.   The terror attacks on September 11, 2001, made clear the need for comprehensive and integrated cargo and transportation security laws and regulations. Furman’s pamphlet discusses the principal legislation and regulations currently in effect, directed at cargo


DSG Marine Asks Shipowners to Consider Fixed Premium P&I Cover

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P&I Insurance Seminar for Owners and Charterers held in Mumbai DGS Marine, a global P&I management provider and exclusive manager for the British European and Overseas (BE&O) P&I Facility, has advised Indian shipowners to consider the benefits of fixed premium P&I cover. DGS Marine spoke at a P&I Insurance Seminar held in Mumbai, India last week and jointly hosted by DGS Marine Group and the British European and Overseas (BE&O) P&I Facility


Standard Absorption Clause Welcomed by Industry

Insurance underwriters and average adjusters have welcomed the recent publication of BIMCO’s Standard General Average Absorption Clause. It is hoped that the initiative will help to promote a broad move away from declaring general average for small and uneconomic claims in all sectors of the industry. The Standard Absorption Clause is designed to be of benefit both to shipowners and insurers by avoiding the time and expense associated with pursuing small general average claims


Study: Title Issues Abound in Maritime Deals

A recent study conducted by First American Transportation Title Insurance Company, a subsidiary of First American Title Insurance Company, finds that more than 35 percent of recorded maritime vessel ownership records contain potential title issues. The October study evaluated more than 100 randomly selected commercial and recreational vessels listed on the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) registry.


P&I Invests in Singapore Branch

P&I insurance provider, The Shipowners’ Club, continues to expand business in the Asia-Pacific region by investing in its Singapore branch. Growth in demand for its liability insurance cover for small and specialist vessels of all types is cited as a major imperative behind Shipowners’ moves to expand its team of underwriters and claims handlers at its Singapore branch.  Improved customer service to members and their brokers based on local


Following the Path of the Transport Revolution

Photo credit: Captain Katharine Sweeney

TT Club, established to fill a gap in insurance as the freight container revolutionized trade, celebrates 45 years dedicated service to the transport and logistics sector. In 1956, the first strengthened containers were loaded onto a spar deck of the converted tanker, Ideal X. This marked the fulfilment of a dream for American trucker Malcom McLean who had, since 1937, been working on how to reduce the long waiting hours for dockers to stow or unload his vehicles onto or off ships


Hanjin Commences Layoffs

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 Hanjin Shipping Co.  has notified 560 shipping crew that their service with the company ends on Dec. 10, reports the Pulse. The rest of 2,000 on the company payroll are expected to get dismissal notice within next month.   


Workboat vs. Jet Ski: A Mysterious Collision and Its Consequences

Randy O’Neill

As summer slowly fades to memory and commercial vessels have less frequent encounters with recreational vessels of all sizes, shapes and descriptions on America’s inland waterways, it might be a good time to review a strange, but not completely unusual incident that occurred in Louisiana on


2nd Asian Marine Casualty Forum Launched

FIRST ASIAN MARINE CASUALTY FORUM A HIGHLIGHT OF SINGAPORE MARITIME WEEK 2015 Photo LOC

Following the success of the inaugural Asian Marine Casualty Forum (AMCF) in 2015 and by popular demand, the bi-annual industry forum aimed at addressing the current crises in maritime casualty management, is back for the second time running and officially launched in Singapore today


Market Forces Down Ship Operating Costs

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 The cost of operating cargo ships has fallen for two successive years but is forecast to rise in 2017 and beyond, according to the latest Ship Operating Costs Annual Review and Forecast 2016/17 report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  


MN100: Cummins Marine, Inc.

(Photo: Cummins Marine, Inc.)

The Company: Cummins, Inc. is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems


MN100: MOPS Marine License Insurance

MOPS manager Randy ONeill (Photo: MOPS Marine License Insurance)

The Company: Since 1935, MOPS Marine License Insurance has defended the USCG licenses of mariners operating in every maritime sector in the United States. Its network of over 80 maritime law firms, representing almost 200 experienced maritime attorneys


Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention Explained

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 The International Maritime Organization (IMO)  treaty covering wreck removal is on the agenda at the 7th Maritime Salvage and Casualty Response Conference in London (7-8 September).    IMO’s Jan de Boer gave an insight into the Organization’s Nairobi Wreck


MN100: Continental Underwriters, Ltd.

Elder Brown (Photo: Continental Underwriters, Ltd.)

The Company: Continental Underwriters, Ltd. is a national, multiline firm for all types of marine coverage. The firm offers both admitted and non-admitted products in 50 states with affordable, broad terms and conditions for even the most unusual and complex risks


MN100: XL Catlin

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The Company: XL Group plc through its subsidiaries and under the XL Catlin brand, is a global insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world


Marine Premiums Drop 10%, Could get Worse

Patrizia Kern (Chairman)

The International Union of Marine Insurance – unveiling its annual statistical report on the marine insurance market at today’s conference in Genova, announced global underwriting premiums for 2015 of USD 29.9bn. This is a 10.5% reduction on the 2014 figure.


What the Heck is ‘Privity’?

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Is the Limitation of Liability Act Still Relevant?   In the aftermath of the El Faro disaster, that vessel’s owners exercised their right to file a petition to limit their liability in accordance with the U.S. Shipowner’s Limitation of Liability Act, 46 USC §30501, et seq


Fair Contracting in Casualty Response

John Witte

ISU’s President weighs in on the current state of international salvage, a changing landscape and the need for mutual fairness from all stakeholders in the global salvage and response arena.    The last three decades have seen a significant reduction in marine casualties which is


Korean Register CEO Park Passed Away

Dr. B. S. Park ( Photo: Korean Register)

Dr. B. S. Park, Korean Register Chairman and CEO, has passed away after a short illness.   Dr. Park graduated from Korea Maritime and Ocean University in 1976 and joined Pan Ocean Shipping where he worked in a number of capacities until 2001


Merchant Ships off Yemen Bracing for More Danger

USS Mason (File photo: U.S. Navy / Rob Aylward)

Missile attacks from Yemen on Western military craft risk spilling over into nearby busy sea lanes which could disrupt oil supplies and also other vital goods passing through the tense area, shipping and insurance sources say.   While shipping companies have yet to divert ships


Moore Stephens: 4th Straight Year of Operating Costs Decline

Richard Greiner (Photo: Moore Stephens)

International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 2.4% in 2015.   This compares with the 0.8% average fall in costs recorded for 2014, and is the fourth successive overall year-on-year reduction






 
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