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UK P&I’s Europe Club Receives Upgrade

The UK P&I Club (the UK Club), one of the oldest shipping protection and indemnity insurance mutuals, has announced that ratings agency Standard and Poor’s has extended its ‘A – ‘ rating to The United Kingdom Mutual Steamship Assurance Association (Europe) Ltd. (the Europe Club).   This news follows the November announcement that Standard and Poor’s upgraded the outlook for The United Kingdom Mutual Steamship Assurance Association (Bermuda) Ltd. (the Bermuda Club) to “Positive.”  This upgraded ‘Positive’ outlook also extends to the Europe Club.   As part of an internal reorganisation ahead of the introduction of Solvency II regulations, the Europe Club will become the group’s main provider of direct insurance from February 2013. In its review, Standard and Poor’s recognized the upcoming change and stated that it considers the Europe club to be “core to the group”. Hugo Wynn-Williams, Chief Executive of Thomas Miller P&I, the UK P&I Club’s managers, said: “Recognition for both UK Club entities with the same, positive credit rating is welcome.  The Club has worked to maintain balanced underwriting and a strong capital position in an environment of rising claims costs and volatile investments.”     


Mitsui Marine, Sumitomo To Merge

Sumitomo Marine & Fire Insurance and Mitsui Marine & Fire Insurance have agreed to merge by April 1, 2002, in a move that would create Japan's largest non-life insurer. With combined assets of $51.7 billion, the merged company would outstrip current industry leader Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance, whose assets stand at $48.5 billion. Mitsui Marine is Japan's third largest non-life insurer, and Sumitomo Marine the fourth biggest.


Seaman’s Work Extends Beyond Insurance Coverage

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the marine coverage endorsement on the business insurance purchased by a ship operator did not provide coverage for the on-shore work being performed by a seaman when he was injured. Thus, while the ship operator was liable, under the Jones Act, to the seaman for his injuries, it was unable to recoup those monies from the business insurance company, since the policy only covered work performed on the ship.


Maritime Character of Insurance is Determined by Examining Whole Policy

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the maritime character of an insurance policy is determined by examining the entire policy, not just the portion involved in a dispute. In the instant case, a ship tank cleaning business (through its corporate parent) purchased insurance from defendant insurer’s predecessor in interest. The insurance contract contained a Shiprepairers Legal Liability (SLL) policy coupled with a modified Comprehensive General Liability (CGL) policy


Moore Stephens & Clyde & Co Set Up Insurance Intermediary Consultancy

Insurance accountant and consultant Moore Stephens has joined with international law firm Clyde & Co to provide specialist advice to intermediaries on all aspects of the authorization process and on continuing compliance with FSA requirements. The rigorous FSA regime comes into effect on January 15, 2005. Intermediaries have until July 14 this year to submit their completed registration packs to the FSA. The new rules are not voluntary


DeSimone Named President XL Insurance

XL Insurance, the insurance underwriting operations of XL Group (NYSE: XL), appointed Richard DeSimone as President of its US Ocean and Inland Marine unit. DeSimone will be based in New York and reports to Neil Robertson, Chief Executive, Global Specialty in London. ”This is a clear statement of our intent to become a more significant market for both Inland and Ocean Marine business in the United States” said Mr. Robertson


Trico Announces Completion of New Senior Secured Credit Facility

Trico Marine Services, Inc. has closed its previously announced refinancing of its existing U.S. revolving credit facility ("U.S. Dollar Facility"). The Company refinanced the U.S. Dollar Facility to relieve the Company of the maintenance debt covenants under that existing facility and to add operating flexibility. The Company's new $55 million senior secured credit facility ("New Credit Facility") is secured by 43 supply vessels. The


Key Elements of Yacht Insurance, Q&A

Joe McNulty

Accidents happen. That comes as no surprise to those in the insurance industry, but what may be a surprise is the fact that the majority of maritime accidents occur in good weather with perfect visibility. In the following Q&A, Joseph McNulty, founding member of Carroll McNulty & Kull, joins Richard Furman and John Orzel, members of the same law firm, in a discussion on the key elements of marine insurance and what underwriters and claims professionals need to know about federal laws


US Boating Insurers SkiSafe Ratchet Up 'Sandy' Claims Response

SkiSafe Insurance has been working extensively to assist affected boaters in the region. SkiSafe has extended its operational and online facilities to allow for fast reporting of any storm claims and to provide any support its policyholders may require. David Strauss, President of SkiSafe Insurance, based in Lake Success, NY said: “This was an unprecedented storm for the Northeast and one from which we’ll be picking up the pieces for quite some time.”


‘Excellent’ rating for UK War Risks

Excellent Rating for UK War Risks

  The UK War Risks Club announced the affirmation of its A- ‘Excellent’ financial strength rating with a ‘Stable’ outlook from the insurance rating agency AM Best. AM Best’s rating reflects the Club’s “excellent risk-adjusted capitalisation, track record of good operating performance and its established business profile as a specialist underwriter of war risk insurance for ships.”


Ships to Divert to Hong Kong for Bunkers

Hong Kong bunker suppliers are expecting up to 20 percent more inquiries from shipowners who have had fuel contracts cancelled after the world's largest supplier announced its bankruptcy last week, sources said on Friday. Since the fall of OW Bunker


Belgian Law Firm Says Contacted by OW Bunker Investors

Photo: OW Bunker

Belgian law firm Deminor said it had been contacted by 15 to 20 investment firms considering legal action over the failure of OW Bunker, the world's largest shipping firm which filed for bankruptcy a week ago. Deminor, which specialises in representing institutional investors in class actions


Russian Firms Face Huge Insurance Costs as Foreign Providers Flee

Russian companies face billions of dollars in extra insurance costs as Western sanctions prompt foreign insurance firms to start pulling out, worried that any business they undertake is at risk from future measures and an increasingly sick economy.


DGS Marine Advises Fixed Premium P&I Cover

DGS Marine highlights benefits of fixed premium P&I cover for Middle East ship owners

  DGS Marine, a leading global P&I management provider and exclusive manager for the British European and Overseas (BE&O) P&I facility, has highlighted the benefits of fixed premium P&I cover for ship owners and operators in the Middle East.


Braemar Hosts Insurance Experts

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Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) welcomed an invited group of marine insurance professionals onto its specialist port and shipyard familiarization course in Falmouth designed to introduce participants to the technical aspects of marine surveying, investigating


Shipbuilding: COSCO Warns of Struggle if Credit Tightens

COSCO Corp (Singapore) , part of one of China's largest shipbuilding groups, warned that its customers could struggle to pay their bills as funding costs rise, after posting sales on credit at their highest level in 11 years.   The Singapore-listed subsidiary of Chinese state-owned maritime


China Pledges Mergers, Private Investment in Shipping Industry Reform

China has issued further guidance to support and modernize its shipping industry, saying it would encourage mergers and private investment as well as develop its cruise industry. The world's biggest trading nation is focusing on the shipping industry as it grows more assertive over territorial


World Maritime University Graduates Largest Class

Photo: WMU

On Sunday, November 2, the Chancellor of the World Maritime University (WMU) and IMO Secretary-General Sekimizu conferred postgraduate degrees on the WMU's Class of 2014. Compiling the largest class in the 31-year history of WMU, 124 students graduated from the Malmö-based M.Sc


DGS Marine Orgainses 1st BE&O P&I Seminar

DGS MARINE DELIVERS P&I INSIGHTS FOR CYPRUS SHIPPING COMMUNITY

  DGS Marine, a leading global P&I management provider and exclusive manager for the British European and Overseas (BE&O) P&I facility, has held the first BE&O P&I Seminar in Limassol, Cyprus. Hosted by Captain Andreas Efthimiades


Fire-stricken Shipbuilder Enters Voluntary Administration

The Royal Australian Navy patrol boat HMAS Bundaberg caught fire while undergoing maintenance in August (Photo courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy)

Brisbane-based shipbuilders Aluminium Boats Australia Pty Ltd has been placed into voluntary administration after a shipyard fire in August has set the company toward financial instability. The fire, which occurred at the company’s Hemmant dockyard 11 weeks ago


DryShips Reports 3Q 2014 Results

Photo by DryShip

DryShips Inc. an international provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., or Ocean Rig, of offshore deepwater drilling services, today announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the


Fraud at OW Bunker's Subsidiary

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  The senior management of OW Bunker has today been informed about a fraud committed by senior employees in the Singapore-based subsidiary Dynamic Oil Trading (DOT). The case is under investigation. The extent of the fraud is not yet clear


Scorpio Bulkers Announces $39.6m Loan Facility

Scorpio Bulkers, Inc. received a commitment from ABN AMRO Bank N.V. for a loan facility of up to $39.6 million to finance up to 60% of the market value upon delivery of two Kamsarmax vessels currently under construction at Tsuneishi Zhoushan Shipyard, China for delivery in Q3 2015 and Q1 2016.


Faststream Adds Eight Recruiting Staff

From left: Rafael Ramirec, Gregory Smith and Brendan Anzelone

Recruiting hires reflect demand for talent in the oil and gas and maritime sectors, across the U.S. and globe Faststream, an oil and gas and maritime recruiting and staffing services company, hired eight recruiters in its Houston and Fort Lauderdale offices to focus solely on placing talent


OW Bunker Collapse Rattles Singapore Bunker Markets

Major oil companies, trade firms to expand market share; tight credit hits small retailers. The collapse of OW Bunker in the wake of an alleged fraud at its Singapore trading unit will shake up the city state's more than $25 billion marine fuel market, the world's largest






 
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