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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.”     

New Insurance Product Attracts Quality Crew

Robert Johnston

In the superyacht industry, it is particularly well understood that good relationships between owners and their crew have a direct impact on how well yachts are run, and the quality and consistency of the charter service offered. An important new insurance product, Crewsure Marine, which assists owners and managers in protecting the health and wellbeing of their crews and so meets forthcoming legal obligations under the recently ratified Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) is now being aimed at

Personal jurisdiction, Venue, Insurance, Co-insurance, Salvage, and Subrogation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a long decision regarding a lengthy and complicated litigation involving personal jurisdiction, venue, cargo insurance, co-insurance, salvage, and subrogation. Adams v. Unione Mediterranea di Sicurta, No. 03-30026 (5th Cir., April 14, 2004.) (HK Law)

Singapore –Bunker Insurance

Singapore –Bunker Insurance The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular providing the names of additional insurers and underwriters that it has accepted for purposes of issuing Bunker Convention Certificates. The insurers and underwriters include: ·         QBE Insurance (International) Limited ·         British Marine Luxembourg S.A.

MN 100: Gencorp Insurance Group


16 Main Street East Greenwich, RI 02818 Telephone: 401 336 2182 E-mail: Website: CEO/President: Robert G. Padula Number of Employees: 70 The Company: Gencorp Insurance Group provides the insurance and surety needs of marine contractors, vessel operators and shipyards throughout the country and Caribbean. Gencorp’s Marine Group facilitates the coverage placement and claims settlement for all insureds

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

Negligent Homicide with Yacht Leads to Loss of Coverage

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled that, where the owner of a yacht was convicted of negligent homicide in connection with a fatal collision, the insurance company is not obligated to defend under a policy excluding losses “criminally caused or incurred” by the insured. In the instant case, plaintiff was operating his yacht when it collided with another boat, killing one of the passengers of the boat

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

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

XL Group Underwriters at IUMI Conference in Hong Kong

XL Group informs that its leading marine underwriters will join the annual International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) conference, the first time to be held in Hong Kong in the organisation’s 140-year history. IUMI is being held in HK from 21-24 September 2014 with the theme 'Building Expertise for a Changing World'. XL Group’s Chief Underwriting Officer, Marine, Asia Pacific, Mike Davies, has been global Vice Chairman of IUMI for 3 years and prior to that was Chairman of

BW Offshore Suspends Dividend

BW Offshore, a builder and operator of ships that can produce and store oil offshore, suspended its dividend until outlook for the oil sector improved, it said on Monday. The firm posted third-quarter earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation and amortisation of $174 million against

Hapag-Lloyd Boosts Direct EAX Service Between Europe and Australia

Map by Hapag-Lloyd AG

 German liner company Hapag-Lloyd has further improved the Europe Australia Express service (EAX), one of its prime products.   New port calls in Fos sur Mer and Pointe de Galets / Short transit times from Europe to Australia unchanged / Italian port switched to Salerno on Northbound

North Group Increases Projected Free Reserve

Directors of the North P&I Club and Sunderland Marine Insurance Company (North Group) have revised their projection for the group’s year-end free reserve up to $380 million, an increase of 12 percent on last year and $20 million more than estimated at the half-year point.

S&P Raises Steamship Mutual outlook to Positive

Pic Credit Steamship Mutual

  Poor’s has revised its outlook on Steamship Mutual to Positive from Stable. The A- financial strength rating has been reaffirmed. In their announcement Standard & Poor’s note: • the Club’s risk-based capital is expected to remain extremely strong;

Cinia Lays New Helsinki-Rostock Submarine Data Cable

Photo: Cinia Group

 Finland-based Cinia Group began laying the new submarine Sea Lion data cable in Helsinki, Finland.   The new fibre optic sea cable will provide a direct, low latency and cyber secure internet backbone connection between Finland and Germany.    

CMA CGM Upgrades PAD Service

The CMA CGM Group adds a call in Wellington on its PAD service, offering a unique service on the market and a direct connection to Europe and the US East Coast‏

  CMA CGM has made a service upgrade in New Zealand by adding a new call in Wellington on its Panama Direct Line (PAD) service starting November 23rd. The PAD service offers a connection between Europe, the US East coast, Australia and New Zealand via the Panama Canal.

Phillips Heads Gulf Petrochem's Credit Risk, Bunkering Div.

John Phillips

Gulf Petrochem has appointed John Phillips as Head of Credit Risk for the Group’s Bunkering division. With over 30 years experience in the Maritime sector, John is a well known expert in the industry and will focus on areas such as Credit Management (focused on Bunker business)

NOURA EXPRESS to Optimise its Service Between East Africa and Europe

Map by DELMAS, CMA CGM Group

 Following its core strategy of continuous Africa Lines service upgrade, CMA CGM is pleased to present its latest significant improvement on its NOURA EXPRESS service connecting East Africa with Europe.   Starting end of November 2015 with m/v MARIE DELMAS

Asean Sets up Maritime Crisis Hotline

Photo: Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen Facebook Page

 The 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) has established a hotline to resolve maritime disputes and to ensure the line of communications between the countries remain open during a crisis, reports the Star.  

New 'Guide to Hull & Machinery'

Image: Braemar SA

International multidisciplinary marine surveyors and consultants Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association), (Braemar SA), has published the third edition of its Guide to Hull & Machinery.   The publication is primarily designed to help those with a nontechnical background and who

Maersk Line Revamps Far East/Southeast India Network

Container shipper Maersk Line has introduced two new services for its Far East/Southeast India network: the Chennai Express (CHX) and the Chennai Express 2 (CHX2).   From January 2016, the shipper will introduce two new services, a vessel sharing agreement on the Chennai Express (CHX) and

Investment in Vard Tulcea SA

Photo Vard Tulcea SA

  The Board of Directors of Vard Holdings Limited would like to announce that the Company has invested a total of NOK 0.027 million in its indirectly held subsidiary, Vard Tulcea SA (“Tulcea”), thereby increasing the shareholding in Tulcea to 100%.

Another Hurdle for Iran Oil Tankers Comeback

Sourena is a FSU for Iranian crude export located in the Persian Gulf, south of Iran. Photo by National Iranian Oil Company

 Iran's oil tanker fleet is expected to face more hurdles before many of the vessels can start trading again due to insurance hiccups and tougher requirements over sea worthiness by potential foreign clients, despite easing of sanctions, reports Reuters.  

Indian Ocean: No Insurance Premium Reduction Likely

Image: Protection Vessels International Ltd

 In October a number of trade bodies released a joint press release to formally announce a reduction of the High Risk Area (HRA).     Insurance companies have said the reduction may not result in reduced insurance costs due to the assessment of insurance risk being dependent on

Liberian Registry Appoints London GM

Kostas Ladas (Photo: Liberian Registry)

The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry, has appointed Kostas Ladas as general manager of its London office. Ladas joins LISCR from London-based ship and insurance broker and agent Victoria Steamship Co. Ltd

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