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Chinese PM Inks 2 Agreements During CMA CGM Visit

Chinese Prime Minister LI Keqiang (left) with Jacques R. Saadé, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM (Photo: CMA CGM)

The CMA CGM Group hosted the Chinese Prime Minister, the French Foreign Affairs Minister and a ministerial delegation at its headquarters in Marseilles, July 1, the global shipping company announced.   Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang was accompanied by France Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius, the Minister of State for Foreign Trade Matthias Fekl and an important Chinese ministerial delegation during this visit. This delegation included the Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Yi Wang, the Reform and Development Commission Minister Shaoshi Xu, the Trade Minister Hucheng Gao, the Chinese ambassador in France Jun Zhai, and the Consul General Jinsong Yu.   During this exceptional visit, two agreements strengthening the ties between the CMA CGM Group and China were signed by Jacques R. Saadé, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM Group, Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM Vice Chairman, Doctor Hu, Executive Vice President China Merchants Group Limited and Liu Vice Chairman and Chairman of CEXIM:    The first agreement is for a partnership between China Merchants (CMHI) and CMA CGM to develop the strategic “One Belt, One Road” project, a strategy initiated by the Chinese government to develop many infrastructure and ports-related logistics projects. CMA CGM and China Merchants (CMHI) agreed on a common and primary interest


China Port Cargo Losses to Reach $1.5 bln

Explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin last month would lead to cargo losses of at least $1.5 billion, and were having a "significant impact" on the marine insurance sector, a trade body said on Tuesday. "We are expecting to see cargo losses of at least $1.5 billion, with some reports stating that the final figure could be as high as $6 billion," Nick Derrick, chairman of the International Union of Marine Insurance's cargo committee, said in a statement.


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.


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


UK Defense Club Reports Strengthened Financial Position

The UK Defence Club, the provider of FD&D (legal costs) insurance to the maritime industry, announced its financial results for the year ending February 20, 2015.   According to the club, highlights include 3,700 ships covered, total assets of £56.5 million; combined loss ratio of 94 percent; free reserves £28.4 million; 167 million GRT, increase of five percent in owned tonnage; net claims incurred, including claims provision, increased to £13


Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance Broadens In-house Capacity

Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance broadens panel of security, increases marine pollution capacity    Vessel pollution liability insurance company Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance announced it has expanded its carrier partnerships to include Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (BHSI) and Argonaut Insurance Company.   With this expanded panel, Safe Harbor said it has more than tripled its in-house capacity


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


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

Photo courtesy of DSG Marine

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


The American Club Celebrates Its Centenary

	Joe Hughes, Chairman and CEO of the American Club’s managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. (Photo:  American Club)

The American P&I Club was founded in New York nearly a century ago. To celebrate its first 100 years, a book entitled The American Club: A Centennial History has just been published.   The book tells the story of the Club across ten decades of maritime and marine insurance history both


Euronav Secures Loan for VLCC Refinancing

Photo courtesy Euronav NV

Tanker shipping company Euronav NV announced it has signed a new $410 million senior secured amortizing revolving credit facility. The facility has been made available on December 16, 2016 for the purpose of refinancing 11 vessels as well as Euronav’s general corporate and working capital


Euronav Gets Credit Line of $ 410mln

Photo: Euronav NV

 Euronav NV announces has signed a new USD 410 million senior secured amortizing revolving credit facility.    The facility has been made available on 16 December 2016 for the purpose of refinancing 11 vessels as well as Euronav’s general corporate and working capital


American Hellenic Insures 1,000 Vessels

Photo: American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company

 American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company (AHHIC) has already provided cover for 1,000 vessels managed from Europe, the Americas and Asia, said said Vincent Solarino, Chairman of the Board of Directors of AHHIC and President and COO of Shipowners Claims Bureau, managers of the American Club.


Financial Close for Bahrain LNG Terminal

Photo: Bahrain LNG

 Bahrain LNG, the developer of the Gulf state’s receiving and regasification terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG), has closed a $741 million syndicated loan for the platform’s construction.   The private-public partnership  is being developed to supplement local


Maersk to Lower CapEx, Consider Dividend Cuts to Retain Credit Rating

File Image (Maersk)

The world's biggest container shipper A.P. Moller-Maersk may consider selling assets or cutting dividends as it seeks to retain its credit rating, the company said on Tuesday. Maersk's Baa1 credit rating was put under review for a downgrade by Moody's in September


Moody's Downgrades Maersk's Credit Rating

File photo: Maersk Line

Moody's downgraded A.P. Moller-Maersk's credit rating on Tuesday, piling pressure on the world's biggest container shipper as it juggles a major restructuring with a multi-billion dollar acquisition of a German rival.   Moody's said the downgrade from Baa1 to Baa2 with a negative outlook


Northern Shipping Fund Closes above Target

Northern Fund Management America LLC (“Northern Shipping”), an alternative capital provider to the shipping and offshore oil service sectors, said that it has completed a final closing for Northern Shipping Fund III LP, with total investor commitments of $505 million


Northern Shipping Fund Closes above Target

Northern Fund Management America LLC (“Northern Shipping”), an alternative capital provider to the shipping and offshore oil service sectors, said that it has completed a final closing for Northern Shipping Fund III LP, with total investor commitments of $505 million


Renewal Time for CLC, Bunker, Athens and WRC Certificates

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 Time has come for most shipowners to apply for renewal of their CLC, Bunker, Athens and Wreck Removal Certificates from the Danish Maritime Authority. Certificates must be renewed when the underlying insurance expires.   Ships subject to a requirement for a certificate are not allowed


New Maritime Bank Opens Its Doors

A new niche bank for the shipping and offshore sector opened its doors for business on December 20, 2016.   Serving the global maritime markets from its main office in Oslo, Maritime & Merchant Bank ASA (M&M) will provide secured lending in the form of first priority terms loans.


Moody's Assigns Panama Canal A2 Rating

Panama Canal Photo Panama Canal Authority

Today, Moody's credit rating agency announced that it has assigned an A2 rating to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) for its business model, unique geographic advantage, and historically strong operational and financial performance.   Moody's expects this performance to continue into the


Indian Shipping Industry Focus

The Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari. Photo: PIB, Govt of India

 India has one of the largest merchant shipping fleet and ranked 17th among the developing countries with average age of the fleet being 18.03 years.  95% of the country’s trade by volume (68% in terms of value) is moved by sea.  


Iranian Fleet Regains P&I Insurance

Pic: Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines

 A large portion of Iran’s shipping fleet has regained Protection & Indemnity (P&I) insurance from Steamship Mutual, reports Mehr News Agency. Steamship Mutual, said in a statement that a considerable number of Iranian vessels have taken out insurance form the company.


Energy, Finance & the GoM

© Scott Bufkin / Adobe Stock

Some positive market indicators could presage an investment revival in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico – and beyond.   The good news, reported by Bloomberg, is that in the third quarter of 2016, the largest oil companies increased cash from operations by nearly $26 billion






 
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