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Alaska Increases COFR Levels

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation issued New Financial Responsibility Dollar Amounts for oil spills. The increased levels for which owners and operators of vessels operating in Alaska waters must provide evidence of financial responsibility to obtain COFRs come into effect on October 27, 2002. The levels have been increased by 33.4% over the prior level. Source: HK Law


MARAD – DWP licensing workshop

he Maritime Administration (MARAD) will conduct a Deepwater Port Licensing Workshop in Washington, DC on September 10.  Topics of discussion will include facility security, the role of Adjacent Coastal States, and financial responsibility requirements.


Unified Command Formed to Oversee Clean up in Long Beach Harbor

A unified command comprised of representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) and Paramount Petroleum Corp. was formed to coordinate the recovery and clean up of oil that was released into Long Beach Harbor this morning. An estimated 100-gallons of crude oil was spilled into the water at berth C-55 in the Port of Long Beach. Contractors hired by Paramount Petroleum Corp


FMC Budget Request

The Administration requests $19.5 million for the operation of the Federal Maritime Commission for fiscal year 2005. Approximately $18.4 million was appropriated for FMC operations in fiscal year 2004. The FMC is a five member independent agency responsible for enforcing international shipping rules and regulations involving carriers (container ship operators), shippers (companies owning goods to be transported), and transportation facilitators such as freight forwarders


WQIS Prepared for COFR Limit Increase

On July 11, 2006 the President signed into law Title VI of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2006, which increased the limits of liability for vessels under OPA 90. It also split the tank vessel category into single and double hulls with single hulls having higher limits. Those limits went into effect in 2006. However, the requirement for evidence of financial responsibility required to obtain a Certificate of Financial Responsibility (COFR) was not increased at that point


Insurance Brokers Embrace UK Club Underwriting App

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The UK Club has launched its “iPANDI” iPad based app to provide up to date underwriting information for members and their insurance brokers, even when on the move. The iPANDI app downloads underwriting data via the Club’s IT systems and presents it conveniently in both graphic and table formats. The data can be viewed off line, for example on planes or away from the office. Security is maintained by a unique licence key to access member information


Bollinger Announces Promotions

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., has promoted and/or assigned new responsibilities to the following members of its management team in order to meet the demands of increased business, new products, expanded services and new technologies according to Donald T. "Boysie" Bollinger, chairman and CEO of the Lockport, La., headquartered shipbuilding and repair company. Mike Ellis has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company


Oil Spill Cleanup Secondary to Fiscal Matters?

In November 1997, Japanese refrigerator ship Kuroshima went aground at Summer Bay near Alaska's Dutch Harbor in heavy weather. A local USCG team was able to rescue only 16 of the ship's 18 crewmembers. Two perished when heavy seas broke over the ship's bows as it was attempting to reset anchors. The vessel was eventually salvaged but USCG investigations have disclosed that it was not a smooth operation. According to the USCG, when immediate efforts to remove the ship from the beach failed


Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010

On Friday, October 15, President Obama signed into law the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (H.R. 3619).  This is the first such authorization act for the Coast Guard since 2006. The statute is lengthy (128 pages) and addresses a wide variety of maritime issues.  This article will attempt to identify those provisions expected to have the most impact or of the most interest.  I have grouped these provisions into broad categories, although there is some natural overlap.


Eagle Bulk Shipping Announces CFO Transition

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (Nasdaq:EGLE) has announced that Adir Katzav, formerly Director of Financial Reporting, has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Katzav succeeds Mr. Alan S. Ginsberg, who has advised the Company of his decision to pursue other professional interests.   To facilitate an orderly transition, Mr. Ginsberg has agreed to oversee a transition of his responsibilities through mid-August of this year. During an 18-year career, Mr


Impact of Upcoming Regulations on Wreck Removal

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The Nairobi International Convention on wreck removal was ratified by India recently and will be enforceable from April next year. This will place financial responsibility for the removal of certain hazardous wrecks on shipowners. Acknowledging this change


US Pollution Risks: Federal & State Summaries

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The US Pollution Risks publication, recently published for its members by the UK P&I Club, compiles summaries of all the Federal and state requirements on liability, COFR requirements and vessel contingency plan requirements. Legal Briefings provide an overview of certain laws and


BSEE, Coast Guard Ink OCS Regulatory Agreement

Thomas and Salerno sign MOA OCS

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Thomas signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for regulating fixed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) facilities. Through this agreement


MOL Holds Place in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. inform that it has once again been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Asia Pacific, on which it has continuously held a spot since 2003. Companies chosen for the indices must meet international criteria for social responsibility in areas such as


Dan-Bunkering Restructures for Expansion

Mikkel Søholm Vestergaard

Bunker trading company A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd. introduced a new organizational structure effective August 1, 2014. The company said the move was made to maintain its position, continue expansion in the marketplace and to accommodate a newly implemented strategy.


Patrick T. Mulva, VP & Controller, ExxonMobil, Retires

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  Patrick T. Mulva, vice president and controller of Exxon Mobil Corporation has announced his intention to retire on Sept. 1, 2014, after more than 38 years of service. Mulva, 63, joined Exxon Company U.S.A. in 1976 as a financial analyst at the company’s refinery in Baton Rouge


ExxonMobil's Board Elects Two Vice Presidents

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  Exxon Mobil Corporation’s board of directors has elected David S. Rosenthal as vice president and controller and Jeffrey J. Woodbury as vice president of investor relations and secretary, effective Sept. 1. Rosenthal, 58, is currently vice president of investor relations and


BP Names New Group Chief Economist

BP today announced the appointment of Spencer Dale as its new Group Chief Economist with effect from the end of October. Mr Dale joins BP from the Bank of England where he is currently Executive Director for Financial Stability Strategy and Risk


OW Bunker, Petrocosta Collaborate in Latin America

OW Bunker has entered into a partnership with Petrocosta CI SA, a Colombian fuel marketing and transportation company. The agreement will further develop OW Bunker’s physical distribution network of marine fuel in Colombia and support its growth across Latin America.   


Capital Product Taps Christodoulou as CEO, CFO

Capital Product Partners L.P. (CPLP) announced the appointment of Petros Christodoulou as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. His appointment will be effective beginning September 1, 2014. Christodoulou will succeed Ioannis Lazaridis


BOEM to Modernize Financial Assurance and Risk Management

Walter Cruickshank, Ph.D., Acting Director

  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on Risk Management, Financial Assurance, and Loss Prevention to seek public input as it considers modernizing its risk management program and bonding regulations for offshore oil and


DMR Sees US Container Terminal Sector M&A Flurry

Development of US Container Port Volumes, 2000-2013 (million teu)

M&A (Merger & Acquisition) activity in the US container terminal sector is currently at its highest level since the boom time of the mid-2000s. However, whilst the type of buyer is largely similar to what it was, the rationale for pursuing today’s deals is different


Aker Solutions Update on Company Hive-Off

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Aker Solutions informs updated unaudited financial information for the two companies - the new Aker Solutions and Akastor - that will be formed following the split of the business at the end of September. Previous pro forma financial information was disclosed in the information memorandum of


Baker Hughes Names Kimberly Ross as CFO

Kimberly A. Ross

  Baker Hughes Incorporated has today announced appointment of Kimberly A. Ross, as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective October 22, 2014. Ross currently serves as Executive Vice President and CFO of Avon Products, Inc


Commissioner Doyle Addresses NCBFAA

William P. Doyle

Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle spoke today at the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Government Affairs Conference in Washington, DC. There, he addressed OTI regulations, port congestion forums and the upcoming U.S






 
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