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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


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


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


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.


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


ENSCO Jackup Rig Damaged in Gas Blowout, Fire

ENSCO International Incorporated and Forest Oil Corporation reported that one of ENSCO’s jackup rigs sustained extensive damage while operating in the Gulf of Mexico. ENSCO 51 was on location in Eugene Island Block 273 drilling a development well over a platform (the “A” platform) for its customer, Forest, the operator of the block. Eugene Island Block 273 is located approximately 75 miles offshore. Shortly after midnight on Thursday, March 1


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)


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


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


ELA Offshore Develops New Type of Container

Photo: ELA Container Offshore

Offshore managed to deliver all required containers from scratch in only 3 months from project kick-off, including design and development up to turnkey delivery on an offshore converter station in the German North Sea.   “To come up with the best suitable container type


Containership Fire Extinguished in South Africa

Photo: Port of Ngqura

The joint effort undertaken by a Disaster Management team at the Port of Ngqura has helped to avert a potential maritime disaster and ultimately saved the container vessel APL Austria, which caught fire last weekend.    Transnet National Ports Authority, Transnet Port Terminals


US Detains 2 Panama-flagged Bulkers

Two Panama-flagged bulk carriers were detained in the U.S. on February 23, 2017, after substandard safety issues discovered during routine exams aboard the vessels along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.   The Atlantic Ruby, a 590-foot bulk carrier was boarded in Portland on February 23


Fire Breaks Out Aboard US Car Carrier

A fire has broken out out aboard the U.S. car carrier Honor in the English Channel while the vessel was en route to Baltimore from Southampton on February 24.   “The 21 crew are still on board the vessel and they are safe and well,” said Andy Jenkins, Commander for the U.K


Fisheries Subsidies in Major Non-EU Fishing Nations

Image: The European Commission

 A new study for the European Commission compiles data and information on fisheries subsidies within six of the world's major fishing countries: Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Russia and the United States.   The study finds that subsidies for catch fisheries play a significant role


Libyans intercept 1,131 migrants off western coast in a week

Libya's coast guard intercepted at least 1,131 migrants near the western city of Sabratha over the course of a week, a spokesman said on Saturday. Ayoub Qassem said 431 migrants had been intercepted on four inflatable boats off Sabratha's coast on Thursday and some 700 had been picked up on Jan


WFSA Ferry Safety & Technology Conference set for May

File Image (CREDIT: WFSA)

Mark your calendars- Ferry Safety & Technology Conference, May 11- May 12, in New York.   The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association is now gearing up for its 2017 Ferry Safety & Technology Conference, which will be held May 11 – 12


Oil Spill in Fore River, Maine

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is responding to an oil spill in the Fore River in Maine along with Maine Department of Environmental Protection and local fire departments.   According to initial reports, the cause of the spill was a car accident involving an overturned tank truck carrying


3 Rescued from Burning vessel near St. Catherines Island, Ga.

Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Luke Clayton U.S. Coast Guard District 7 PADET Jacksonville

The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen Tuesday after the fishing vessel they were on caught fire 1 mile east of St. Catherines Island, Georgia. Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watchstanders received a call from a crew member aboard the fishing vessel Sea Puppy at 3:16 p.m


Fishing Vessel Catches Fire off Georgia

USCG photo by Luke Clayton

Three fishermen were rescued Tuesday after their vessel caught fire 1 mile east of St. Catherines Island, Georgia.   U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center watchstanders received a call from the fishing vessel at 3:16 p.m. stating their vessel was on fire and sinking


Ro-ro Vessel Fires: Risks and Recommendations

Norman Atlantic (Photo: EMSA)

As vessel fires have become more prevalent in the car/ro-ro passenger segment, the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) examines these occurrences as the group voices its concerns and puts forward recommendations to mitigate the risks.  


North P&I Club Guidelines on Minimising Risk from Ro-Ro fires

By Kara  Adobe Stock Photo

North P&I Club has published a new loss prevention briefing on how to prevent, detect and fight fires on roll-on-roll-off (ro-ro) vessels and car carriers. Such vessels are twice as likely to catch fire as other ships and vehicle-deck fires are notoriously difficult to contain and put out.


Metal Shark Launches New Website

Photo: Metal Shark

Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has announced the launch of its new website.   The new metalsharkboats.com features an all new design boasting fresh content, increased functionality, and robust search tools that facilitate navigation within the company’s vast product portfolio


USCG Recognizes Houston Pilots

Photo: Houston Pilots

RADM David Callahan for the US Coast Guard (USCG) 8th District presented Meritorious Public Service Awards to two Houston Pilots - Captains Michael McGee and Michael Phiilips - for their bravery last September aboard the crippled and burning tanker AFRAMAX RIVER.   


Lake Assault to Build Pittsburgh Fireboat

Lake Assault Pittsburgh boat Pic by Lake Assault

Lake Assault Boats, a leading manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific fire and rescue boats, has been chosen to construct a 34-foot fireboat by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire in Pittsburgh, PA.   The fireboat will respond to emergencies and help manage fires on waterways






 
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