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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


BofA Extends Credit to Matson

Bank of America Corp. and five other lenders have approved a combined $325m credit line for Alexander & Baldwin Inc. and its subsidiary Matson Navigation. According to a Securities & Exchange Commission filing, Alexander & Baldwin's portion of the credit line is $225 million, and Matson's is $100 million. The credit lines replace a prior agreement that was due to expire in 2011. Source: Charlotte Journal of Business


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


‘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.”


DryShips Receives Funds for 9 Drybulk Vessels

DryShips Inc., a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargos and offshore contract drilling oil services, announced today the receipt of a firm commitment letter from Nordea Bank for an up to $170 million senior secured credit facility to finance nine drybulk


Scorpio Bulkers Gets $540m Loan for Newbuilds

Photo courtesy of Scorpio Bulkers

Scorpio Bulkers Inc. announced that it has received a commitment for a $540 million loan facility and provides an update on the financing of its fleet. On July 21, 2014, the company received a commitment from two European financial institutions for a loan facility of up to $540 million


The Cause behind the Clause Piers & Docks Insurance

As a maritime business owner, your day-to-day focus is on managing and growing your business. Understandably, thinking about and understanding the nuances of your insurance coverage is not likely to be among your top priorities. However, what if the unthinkable happens and your docks and piers are


USCG Galveston Unit Change of Command

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lisa Ferdinando

A change-of-command ceremony will be held Thursday morning, July 24, to see a Coast Guard lieutenant commander and graduate of Houston's Alief Hastings High School, Lt. Cmdr. Steve Morris, take command of Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) Galveston


XL Group Grows in Asia

XL Group strengthened its Insurance Marine team with the appointment of Mike Davies as Chief Underwriting Officer, Marine, Asia Pacific and Ian Picton as Senior Upstream Underwriter.   Understanding the local industry and what is impacting it, is a key recruitment driver for XL Group


Moody's Rates Sovcomflot Ba2: Negative Financial Outlook

Tankship bridgefront: Photo courtesy of SCF

Moody's Investors Service says it has confirmed the Ba2 corporate family rating (CFR) and the Ba2-PD probability of default rating (PDR) of Sovcomflot JSC with $800 million of rated debt affected. Concurrently, Moody's has confirmed Sovcomflot's Ba3 senior unsecured issuer rating and the Ba3


Ivory Coast Increases Budget on Higher Cocoa, Gas, Port Revenues

Ivory Coast has increased its 2014 budget by nearly 4 percent on expectations of higher earnings from cocoa, natural gas and the country's ports, a government spokesman announced on Wednesday. Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa grower and French-speaking West Africa's largest economy


Seadrill Obtains US$1.35-bln Bank Credit Reflnancing

Offshore Drill Ship: Photo courtesy of Seadrill

Seadrill Limited informs it has received commitments from 17 banks for a US$1.35 billion credit facility with a 5 year term and 10 year amortization profile to refinance the credit facilities secured by the West Pegasus, West Gemini, and West Orion.


UK Offers Substantial R&D Tax Breaks: Consultants

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Accounting and consulting network Moore Stephens inform that as part of the UK government’s continuing aim to attract new companies to the UK to create growth and jobs, significant changes have been made to the tax rules over the last few years to encourage research and development


Maritime Legal Firms Announce Merger

Houston- and New Orleans-based law firm Bland & Partners P.L.L.C. announced that Crain Wilson, P.L.L.C.’s Houston office merged with its firm as of July 1, 2014. The merger results in growth for the firm, including the addition of six attorneys and four legal support staff


Whiting Petroleum To Acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas At $6 Bln

Photo Courtesy Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp

  Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: WLL) (“Whiting”) and Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE: KOG) (“Kodiak”) today announced a definitive agreement pursuant to which Whiting will acquire Kodiak in an all-stock transaction valued at $6


Tianjin: No Petrochem Fraud

China's Tianjin Port Holdings has found no evidence of an alleged fraud involving petrochemicals reported by media earlier this month, the company said in a statement on Monday. Citing police and trade sources, Reuters had reported police were investigating a suspected contract fraud at Tianjin


Iran Oil Tanker Firm Still Faces Sanctions

Iran's main oil tanker firm NITC will struggle for some time to call at European ports, get foreign insurance and overcome obstacles under western sanctions, even after a top court has annulled its blacklisted status in the European Union.


PayCargo Re-introduces its Logistics Credit Program

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Provider of electronic invoicing and settlement solutions for the shipping industry, PayCargo, LLC, says it has brought back its highly successful PayCargo Credit Program. PayCargo provides a global, online freight payment system that allows shippers


China, Brazil Close Plane, Finance, Infrastructure Deals

China and Brazil sealed their expanding commercial partnership on Thursday with a $5 billion credit line for Brazilian miner Vale and the purchase of 60 passenger jets from Brazilian planemaker Embraer. In a raft of energy, finance and industry accords signed before presidents Xi Jinping and






 
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