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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


Good Profitability Noted in Wärtsilä H1 Interim Report

Wärtsilä 46DF Engine: Image courtesy of the manufacturers

Power solutions providers for the marine and energy markets, Wärtsilä, has released a summary of its Interim Financial Report January-June 2014, excerpted as follows: Highlights of the Review Period January-June 2014 Order intake decreased 5% to EUR 2,305 million (2


ICBC Financial Leasing Purchase 2 CIMC Raffles Drilling Rigs

CIMC Raffles Semisubmersible Drilling Rigs

ICBC Financial Leasing Company Limited signed a leasing project with Schahin of two ultra-deepwater drilling rigs during China-Brazil Business Council-Annual Meeting 2014 on 17th July 2014. The contract values $1.08bn and eventually serves for Petrobras


Iain Conn to Leave BP

Iain Conn, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive, Downstream

  BP today announced that Iain Conn, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive, Downstream, is leaving the company and is to step down from BP’s board by the end of the year. Conn has had a career of 29 years with BP, serving on the board  for the past 10 years and in his


Cat Financial Announces Second-Quarter 2014 Results

CAT Brand

  Cat Financial reported second-quarter 2014 revenues of $728 million, an increase of $34 million, or 5 percent, compared with the second quarter of 2013. Second-quarter 2014 profit after tax was $146 million, a $35 million, or 32 percent, increase from the second quarter of 2013.


‘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


P Elango, CEO of Cairn India steps down

P Elango

Cairn India Ltd. announces that Mr. P Elango, Interim CEO & Whole time Director has decided to step down for personal reasons. The Board has accepted his resignation. Mr. Sudhir Mathur, CFO, has taken over the additional responsibility of leading the organization in the interim


State Won't Pay For Nuclear Decommissioning - Germany

Angela Merkel

Germany's economy minister has joined Angela Merkel in rejecting talk that utilities might hand over responsibility for decommissioning Germany's nuclear power plants to a new public entity, as the projected costs of decommissioning rise.


Credit Demand Leads to Consolidation among Bunker Companies

Lars Møller, CEO, Dynamic Oil Trading

Suppliers without liquidity will lose out to financially robust organizations offering better terms.   Dynamic Oil Trading has highlighted liquidity and credit as the single biggest challenge in the shipping industry when it comes to fuel supply


Caterpillar's Vice President, Randy Krotowski, Quits

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) announced that Randy Krotowski, vice president with responsibility for the Global Information Services (GIS) Division and the company’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), has elected to resign from the company to pursue other opportunities


Zargon Oil & Gas Announces Resignation of CFO

Zargon Oil & Gas Ltd. announces that Mr. Jason Dranchuk has tendered his resignation as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Zargon effective July 14, 2014 to pursue other opportunities. "We sincerely appreciate Jason's professionalism


Cruise Line Adds to Wärtsilä Maintenance Agreement

Cruise ships: Image courtesy of Oceania Cruises

Wärtsilä says that two vessels have been added to the 5-year maintenance agreement between them and US-based Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc. (the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises). The agreement now covers 8 vessels with a total of 35 Wärtsilä


Repeat Order from Prestige Cruise for Wärtsilä

  Two vessels have been added to the five-year maintenance agreement that was signed between Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading solutions and services provider, and US-based Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc. (Prestige)


Varadkar Praises Dublin Port’s Financial Performance

Dublin Port (Credit: Aiden McCabe)

Irish Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar has announced that Dublin Port Company has paid a dividend of €8 million to the State based on its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2013. The payment is in line with the company’s commitment to making a


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


UK Club Rating Upgraded by S&P to A (Stable)

Financial rating image credit UK Club

Leading P&I club, the UK Club informs it has received the full report from Standard and Poor (“S&P”) explaining its reasons for upgrading the Club's financial rating. Extracts follow: The report explains that, in assessing the Club’s business and financial risk profiles






 
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