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Safety Program for Commercial Fishing Vessels

The Chesapeake Marine Training Institute (CMTI) offers a maritime safety program specifically for commercial fishing vessels. “Since its inception, hundreds of boats and crew members have completed the program and the demand just keeps increasing,” said John O’Leary, maritime safety instructor for CMTI and the head of the safety and survival program. “In an industry that is already struggling, the program is becoming increasingly requested and thanks to the funding of the insurance companies, we can continue to grow and increase its numbers.” This program is offered by Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Company, Ltd through Brown and Brown Flagship in a joint effort to reduce casualties. Established in 2005, the program is offered to commercial fishing vessels and its owners, on a volunteer basis. In 2008, over 100 vessels and crews completed the program. Initially available in the mid-Atlantic region, it is now available for commercial fishing vessels from North Carolina all the way to Cape May, New Jersey. According to Chris Burns, executive vice-president and general manager of Brown & Brown Flagship, “We are fully invested in this program. A safer crew makes for a safer vessel and it is a win-win situation for everyone. It’s clear that fewer accidents equal less loss of life and property equal lower claims equal lower insurance costs to the vessel, etc… the list goes on


Conference Focuses on Fire

Who is in charge when a land-based fire brigade responds to a blaze at sea? What are the fire risks for ships in port and under construction? How can design and technology enhance marine fire protection? Prevention, detection and control on ships and offshore structures will be examined at a new forum in London in March by key personnel including ship owners and managers, ship and harbour masters, safety officers, marine and fire protection engineers


Shipowners Raise Onboard Security Amidst Mideast Fighting

With the worsening conflagration in Lebanon-Israel and the resulting consequences for maritime traffic, ship operators are bracing themselves for a hike in war risk insurance premiums for vessels that transit the Eastern Mediterranean. The 12-member Europe Mediterranean Trade Agreement that includes A.P. Moller-Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Company and CMA CGM issued a statement: "In the event that extra costs do arise for war risk insurance


Denmark Updates Insurance Claims Requirements

Ships without P&I insurance for maritime claims must inform the Danish Maritime Authority about their insurance Danish ships with a gross tonnage of or above 300 without a Certificate of Entry in a P&I Club from the international group of P&I clubs must inform the Danish Maritime Authority about alternative insurance for maritime claims before March 31, 2014. Danish ships with a gross tonnage of or above 300 must carry a certificate confirming that insurance has been taken


R&B Falcon Drilling Barge Destroyed In Explosion

R&B Falcon Corp. reported one of its inland drilling barges was destroyed in an explosion and fire at a natural gas well in southern Louisiana but nobody was injured. The company believes the loss of the barge, Rig 16, worth about $15 million, will be covered by its insurance and would therefore not have a material financial impact. The explosion occurred on July 1 at a well being drilled for The Meridian Resource Corp. two miles southeast of Amelia, La


LIG Marine Managers 2011 CMIP Seminars

LIG Marine Managers’ sister company, LIG Educational & Consulting Services, in conjunction with the International Institute for Marine Insurance Studies, announced the 2011 CMIP Seminar Schedule for those individuals working towards earning the Certified Marine Insurance Professional (CMIP) Designation.    The designation is designed for agents, brokers, CSRs, Insurance Company Personnel, Underwriters or other insurance industry professionals who wish to expand their


Legal Notes

Repair Duty Repealed President George Bush has signed into law legislation repealing a four year old rule imposing a 50% duty on the cost of routine repairs and maintenance carried out by U.S. merchant mariners while their vessel is at sea. The elimination of the duty, which customs authorities have levied on US-flag carriers since April 2001, represents a victory for the domestic shipowning community. The community has lobbied hard against it since its introduction.


Insurance Industry Instability Triggers Upward Trend

By Trey Bryant Commercial Marine & Insurance Brokers Having been rather "soft," or in layman's terms "very competitive" for the last several years, the marine liability insurance market has begun what appears to be an upward trend in the pricing cycle over the last few months. There are, to be certain, several factors influencing this trend. The collapse of marine insurance giant Reliance Insurance Company and its subsidiaries has caused quite an uproar among various underwriters still


Court Interprets Settlement Agreement

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit interpreted a settlement agreement between an insurance company and a shipowner in order to determine whether the insurance company was entitled to share in the shipowner’s subsequent settlement with a third party in a claim relating to loss of the ship. Home Insurance Company v. Pan American Grain Manufacturing Co., Inc., No. 03-2625 (1st Cir., February 4, 2005)(HK LAW)


Moore Stephens Says Insurance Industry Must Embrace Business Intelligence

Regulatory developments mean that failure to make proper use of business intelligence systems and actuarial consultancy to assess risk could lead not only to significant financial losses but also to disciplinary penalties for insurance underwriters and brokers, according to leading accountant and consultant Moore Stephens. John Harbor, head of the Moore Stephens Insurance Industry Group, says, "Professional risk analysis and modern data management techniques are


Hellfire Missile Firing a First for New Navy Helicopters

Helicopters successfully fired its Hellfire Missile

  The Royal Australian Navy’s newest maritime combat helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’, has successfully fired its first ‘Hellfire’ missile in the United States. The AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missile was fired by Navy’s 725 Squadron from


American P&I Club Rings in Posidonia

Stuart Todd

While Posidonia is well regarded for its exhibition, it is famous for its parties. The American Club held its traditional party on the evening of Thursday, May 29, to mark the start of Posidonia week, with more than 600 guests from the club’s expanding Greek membership


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 29

Crew members fight a series of fires and explosions on the carrier USS Forrestals after flight deck, in the Gulf of Tonkin, 29 July 1967. The conflagration took place as heavily-armed and fueled aircraft were being prepared for combat missions over North Vietnam. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 29 1846 - Sailors and Marines from U.S. sloop Cyane capture San Diego, Calif. 1918 - Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt visits Queenstown, Ireland 1945 - U.S. warships bombard Hamamatsu, Japan.


Worrying Trend of Tanker Hijacks in SE Asian Waters: IMB

  The Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) raises concerns over a worrying trend of small tanker hijacks in its 2014 half yearly report. Globally, 116 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships have been


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


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.


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


Second WTS Firefighting System for Prospector

Prospector 1 arrives by ship in the Cromarty Firth. (Photo courtesy of WTS)

Successful retrofit to first newbuilding sees Aberdeen-based owner specify further Low Expansion Foam system for second China-built jack-up. Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS) has received a repeat order to install its Unitor Low Expansion Foam fire extinguishing system on a second jack-up


Moose Boats to Build Fireboat for Bellingham

Image courtesy of Moose Boats

Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been awarded a contract from Bellingham Fire Department in Washington State for the construction of a M2-38 Catamaran CBRN Emergency Response and Recovery Vessel.


Vigor Fab to Build Fireboat for San Francisco FD

Vigor Fab secured a contract to construct a fireboat for the San Francisco Fire Department (Image courtesy of Vigor Industrial)

Vigor Fab has been awarded a contract to build a fireboat for the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD). Construction of the 88’x’25x’14’ vessel is scheduled to begin this fall in Seattle. Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants, the fireboat will have a top speed of 11


Ocean Safety Sees Big Boost in Gas Business

Gas refilling and service centre at Ocean Safety, Southampton

Ocean Safety said it has been busy since gaining Lloyds Register approval to carry out hydrostatic pressure testing in accordance with TPED (Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive) and things are only set to get busier. During the past year Ocean Safety has noticed a steady increase in business


Slew of New SOLAS Amendments Come into Force

Ships lifeboat: Photo IMO

IMO informs that new requirements under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to require all ships to have plans and procedures to recover persons from the water are among a set of SOLAS amendments that came into force on 1 July 2014


Tugboat Sunk Near St. Louis Riverfront, River Closure

Wreck buoy: File image

The Coast Guard informs it is responding with St. Louis Fire Department to the sinking of a towing vessel on the Mississippi River near the St. Louis Riverfront. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River received a report that the towing vessel Jim Marko owned by Osage Marine sank near the


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


USCG Rescues 5 from Boat Following Engine Fire

USCG rescue five

  The Coast Guard rescued five people from a boat following an engine fire near the Indian River Inlet Bridge Sunday.   A person aboard the 36-foot Sport Fisher, Outcast, used a VHF-FM radio to call watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia at about 5:30 a.m






 
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