The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has urged its shipmanager members to seek legal advice before entering into any contracts with owners relating to the laying-up of vessels. ITIC said there has been a recent sharp increase in the number of lay-up contracts which it has been asked to review. Some of these agreements are based on amended shipmanagement contracts, where the manager acts as agent for and on behalf of the owner. Other agreements involve the manager offering lay-up services to the owner as a principal rather than as agent. ITIC points out, “Where the manager offers these services as an agent of the owner, it will arrange for the appropriate anchorage to be sourced and also arrange for the maintenance and repair of the vessel. If the manager contracts to actually undertake the maintenance and repair of the vessel itself, the contractual relationship between the owner and the manager changes completely. In those circumstances, the manager is taking on the role of a contractor and therefore may require ship repairers’ liability insurance in the event of damage being caused to the ship by anybody who is actively engaged in its maintenance and repair on behalf of the shipmanager. “Such maintenance and repair insurance is available, but it may be substantially more expensive than existing professional indemnity insurance
ITIC says professional indemnity cover essential in litigious shipping industry. International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has warned that, in today’s increasingly litigious business environment, there is a growing need for shipping professionals to have third-party indemnity insurance cover. This can be the case even in those sectors where insurance has not previously been deemed necessary, and in cases where, despite a favourable outcome to legal proceedings
Despite most companies in the transport and shipping industries having their own trading terms and conditions, very few surveyors and consultants follow suit. In a bid to encourage them to adopt their own conditions, the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has launched its Standard Terms for Surveyors and Consultants. Available to all ITIC members free of charge, and downloadable from www.itic-insure.com, ITIC's standard terms offer surveyors and consultants a
Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta has approved an extension of the authority to provide war risk insurance under Section 1202 of the 1936 Merchant Marine Act (Act). Unlike Section 1205 insurance, which is provided to the Department of Defense (DOD) on vessels chartered to them at no premium and with a full DOD indemnity, Section 1202 insurance is underwritten by DOT in return for a premium from shipowners. This insurance or reinsurance of vessels is available for vessels (including
Operators of vessels off the East coast of Africa are being warned by a leading insurance expert to prepare for an increase in pirate attacks after the southwestern monsoon ends in coming weeks. “There is a temporary lull in pirate activity at the moment off the East coast of Africa…but we expect this to be just that - a temporary lull,” said William Tobin, of the not-for-profit mutual organization Shipowners’ Protection Ltd
At its annual board meeting on 29 October 2012, the board of the UK P&I Club (the Club), one of the oldest shipping protection and indemnity insurance mutuals, agreed that the general increase for 2013 renewal will be 7.5 percent. The premium rating increase is in addition to any increase in the cost of the International Group reinsurance premium for 2013 for the mutual members, which will be determined in the New Year.
AP reported that K-Sea Transportation Partners LP on Friday said one of its tank barges struck an underwater object in the middle of the night, taking in water and leaking unspecified amounts of fuel into the Gulf of Mexico. The company, which runs a fleet of about 100 oil tank barges and tug boats, said the tug boat master reported that the barge rammed an unidentified object in gulf waters. The company noted that it carries both protection and indemnity liability insurance
Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, has received the 2009 – 2010 Industry Leader Safety Award from the Signal Mutual Indemnity Association. This is the second time in recent years that the Great Lakes Shipyard was chosen to receive this award because of their outstanding safety performance with no “lost time” accidents. The shipyard’s commitment to safety is not new. The previous outstanding safety award was presented in 2004 - 2005
Falvey Insurance Group has formed a new division, Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance. Offering some of the broadest terms available in the commercial market, Safe Harbor's Global Vessel Pollution Policy provides comprehensive protection for any vessel, owner or operator. Veteran insurance professionals Russ Brown, Tony Gerone and Sean Quinn bring over 35 years of experience in underwriting marine pollution coverage to the new Long Island-based company.
The Harbour Master at Panjang has advised that ship owners must have marine insurance for shipwreck removal and/or protection indemnity. For all vessels of GT35 or more, the owner must have the vessel covered with Ship Body Removal insurance and or Lost Coverage. With effect from 1 March 2015, there will be regular checkings on the above obligation by proofing the Polis Resume/Certificate of Entry which will be validated in the website/online.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that BP Plc cannot claim about $700 million in insurance that was carried by offshore driller Transocean Ltd to cover the blowout of BP's Macondo well in 2010, the biggest offshore spill in U.S. history.
Shanghai’s Pudong New Area has made progress in building an international shipping center last year and the opening-up reforms in the city’s free trade zone (FTZ) have lured another six global ship management firms to dock there, reports Shanghai Daily.
When a land-based contractor decides to work on water, risk can arise from unexpected places. It doesn’t have to be that way. In the past, companies involved in the marine industry, whether they were vessel operators, riggers, longshoremen, ship builders, repairers
The TT Club has alerted the supply chain industry to a persistence of claims in a handful of loss types. The international transport, freight and logistics insurance provider said it has found that 66% of its claims by number and 62% by value over a five year period can be categorized into just
A Founding Father of Signal Passes Away (December 12, 1940 – January 1, 2015). It is with great sadness that the Managers of Signal Mutual Indemnity Association Ltd. must report the unexpected passing of John Chamberlain at the age of 74
The World Ocean Council (WOC) has announced its 3rd Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) to be held on 9-11 November, 2015 in Singapore. The SOS is the only international, multi-sector, business event dedicated to “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”
The updated and revised “Rescue at Sea: A guide to principles and practice as applied to refugees and migrants” is now available for download. The guidelines, jointly prepared by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
Hinode Maritime Conferences have announced their "2nd Annual Conference on the Outlook for India's Seaborne Dry Bulk Trade". Considered the largest conference in India on Dry Bulk Trade to be held on January 22, 2015 at Hotel Vivanta by Taj-President Mumbai
BHM Penlaw and Tactique Ltd have now joined forces to support their clients in exploiting an alternative sea route which reduces sailing distance by 4,300 nm and 10 days on transits between Europe and Asia. The Northern Sea Route, also known as the NSR, or Northeast Passage
The Ghana Navy has foiled a pirate attack on a Nigerian cargo vessel, MT Mariam and captured all eight bandits. The pirates were armed, but no one, including a nine-member crew aboard MT Mariam, was injured when the Ghana Navy crew aboard GNS BLIKA effected the arrest.
Crew members killed in tanker attack this month; West fears worsening violence could lead to civil war. Oil shippers face higher costs and the possible loss of insurance cover on Libyan voyages, caught in a struggle between the rival governments there and threatened by air attacks.
The insurance and certification requirements of the Convention on the Removal of Wrecks become effective this April. In this connection, the Danish Maritime Authority has a request for Danish companies and shipowners. Therefore new regulations will be implemented
Specialist marine insurance intermediary Seacurus has launched a petro-piracy endorsement for ships operating in the South China Sea, Malacca Straits, Indonesian Archipelago and Gulf of Guinea. South-East Asia accounted for three-quarters of global maritime piracy last year
The mega container ships raising concerns among vessel operators, insurers and regulators about the potential for catastrophic accidents. Shipping lines have sought to stay competitive by running larger, more fuel-efficient container ships in major shipping lanes
Dutch bank ABN Amro and China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop business in the ship building sector. ABN Amro will provide local and sector knowledge in shipping and offshore transactions