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UK P&I Club Announces Positive Renewal

The UK P&I Club, one of the oldest shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurers, announced its renewal for 2014 following the closure of the renewal season on February 20: Another positive result with a net increase of a million gross tons of mutual business Mutual owned tonnage has increased by four per cent over the course of the 2013/14 year Combined mutual owned and chartered tonnage now stands at 215 million gross tons Estimated increase of renewal premium of seven percent. For many UK Club Members, subdued earnings and a lingering shipping recession remain an unwelcome fact of life. However, UK Club premium needs to address underlying claims inflation, as well as a future pick up in claims frequency from what have been record low levels. Hugo Wynn-Williams, Chief Executive of Thomas Miller P&I, the UK P&I Club’s managers, said, “It has been another good and solid renewal for the UK Club marked by continued controlled growth for a third year in succession whilst preserving a disciplined approach to underwriting. Gross tonnage has increased and we are pleased that our financial stability, claims management and service have attracted more tonnage from existing Members and new business to the UK Club.” ukpandi.com  


GUARDIAN Antipiracy Barriers Available to Lease

Photo: GUARDIAN

Guardian Maritime announced that GUARDIAN antipiracy barriers are now available to lease. A passive solution against the threat of piracy, GUARDIAN ship protection system provides worldwide 24/7 protection against stowaways, robbery and piracy for vessels, crew and cargo at sea, anchor or in port, as well as static installations such as oil rigs. Offering an affordable solution, with no initial outlay, the GUARDIAN leasing scheme provides the flexibility of a passive solution


Foster-Miller Awarded $1m Contract for Boat Trap Net

QinetiQ subsidiary Foster-Miller Inc, has been awarded a $1 million contract to further develop its advanced Boat Trap system by the United States Department of Defense Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, working closely with the US Coast Guard. Designed to bolster US harbor security and protect coastal military bases abroad, Boat Trap is a non lethal, ballistic net that is deployed from a helicopter into the path of a threatening speedboat traveling at high speed


Cathelco, UMC Complete 1st Project

Photo courtesy Cathelco Ltd

The first joint venture project between Cathelco and UMC International has been completed at the Yonderberry fuelling jetty at Torpoint in Plymouth. Earlier this year, the two companies created an alliance enabling the specialist diving services of UMC International to be used for the installation and maintenance of corrosion protection systems supplied by Cathelco. The Yonderberry jetty project, commissioned by Babcock


L-3 MAPPS Awarded Contract for Degaussing Systems

L-3 MAPPS won a contract to supply degaussing systems for the Royal Canadian Navy’s 12 KINGSTON-Class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels. These degaussing systems will be delivered and supported locally in collaboration with SAM Electronics, an L-3 company, which produces one of the most effective means of ship protection against modern sea mines. The SAM Electronics solution reduces the magnetic signature of ships to safe levels mitigating the threat from sea mines and has been


UK P&I Club: 7.5% Rate Increase

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.   


Northrop Grumman Awarded SPS Contract

Northrop Grumman Corp., Electronic Systems, Annapolis, Md., is being awarded a $6,026,646 firm-fixed-price/cost type contract for the Shipboard Protection System (SPS). The purpose of the SPS system is to enhance the ability of naval vessels to accomplish self-protection while moored to a pier, at anchor, or during restricted maneuvering. The system shall provide a host ship with a fully integrated and seamless sensor, analysis, and response system that will


MARAD Issues Report on Port and Shipping Safety

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) released its quarterly report on port and shipping safety and environmental protection. This report discusses the latest session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee; the bill to reauthorize the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21); the Coast Guard’s interim maritime security regulations; and the OECD report on Security in Maritime Transportation.


Royal Navy Adm Leads EU Anti-Piracy Ops

According to a report from Defence News, on Dec. 8, the Royal Navy's Rear Admiral Phil Jones took charge of the EU led counter-piracy naval operation, which is to operate off the coast of Somalia. The operation, called Op Atlanta, is the European Union's first naval task force, and it has been assembled to ensure the protection of vessels of the World Food Programme delivering food aid to displaced persons in Somalia as well as protection to other vulnerable shipping off Somalia and to provide


IMO implements new SOLAS fire protection requirements for on-deck cargo areas

Photo courtesy of the International Maritime Organization

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has introduced new requirements for the fire protection of on-deck cargo areas. The new requirements, which will be added to SOLAS regulation II-2/10, apply to all ships designed to carry containers that are constructed on or after January 1, 2016.   The new regulations stipulate that new ships designed to carry containers on or above the weather deck shall be fitted with at least one water mist lance


Shipbreaking Practices in 2015 Reveal Appalling Record -Report

Graphics: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

Ignoring industry leaders and human rights and environmental organizations, ship owners continue to profit from dangerous and dirty shipbreaking practices on South Asian beaches in 2015, according to new data released today by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.


Norbulk Selects Parker Kittiwake’s Cat Fines Test Kit

Parker Kittiwake Cat Fines Test Kit for Norbulk Photo Norbulk

Parker Kittiwake, a leading global supplier of asset control and protection technology, has today announced a significant order of its recently launched Cat Fines Test Kit from leading ship management company, Norbulk Shipping. The contract was awarded to Parker Kittiwake following a competitive


Glencore to Lift Iranian Fuel Oil at Bandar Mahshahr

Anglo-Swiss commodity trader Glencore has chartered a ship to load Iranian fuel oil at the Iranian port of Bandar Mahshahr in a move that signals the return of legitimate Iranian crude and oil products to international markets. The Greek-owned vessel, Green Warrior


EU Pulls Plug on Back-Up Nav System

A British-led initiative to create a back-up to satellite navigation systems for ships has been pulled after failing to garner interest from other European countries, despite its proponents pointing to the growing risk of disasters at sea.


Fast Raiding Craft for Special Forces

Photo courtesy of FRC

Dutch Special Marine Group has designed a small range of Fast Raiding Craft (FRC). A FRC’s combines the speed and manoeuvrability of an interceptor with an increased size and carrying capacity to hold elite troops and their equipment. It is specially designed for border protection


TSG's Maritime Intelligence Solution for Asian Customer

Image: TSG

TSG IT Advanced Systems Ltd., a subsidiary of Ness Group that specializes in defense, cyber security, telecom and HLS solutions, announced it has deployed a real-time maritime intelligence solution to a Southeast Asian customer. The 2C system provides situational awareness of maritime environments


Two Incat Crowther Catamaran Ferries for Auckland

Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther reports that construction has commenced at Q-West in Wanganui, New Zealand, on a pair of additional 34m catamaran passenger ferries for Fullers Group Ltd. The new boats will be sister ships to Te Kotuku which was also built at Q-West and delivered in 2014.  


NAMEPA to Host ‘Pathways to Sustainability’

North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) will hold its Environmental Intelligence in Shipping Conference on “Pathways to Sustainability” on Februar 5, 2016 at SeaRiver Maritime in Spring, Texas. The conference is designed to be a guide for navigating through


USCG Begins Icebreaking in Western Great Lakes

Cutter Mackinaw (USCG file photo)

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie on Wednesday commenced Operation Taconite, an icebreaking mission launched in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior, Green Bay and the lower St. Marys River.   


Confusion Surrounds Wastewater Discharge Rules

Confusion surrounding the entry into force date of MEPC 227(64), the amended regulation governing ship wastewater discharge overboard requirements, could see some shipowners falling foul of the new rules. Mark Beavis, the Managing Director of ACO Marine, a supplier of MEPC


Metcalf to Keynote WISTA USA Luncheon

Kathy Metcalf, President & CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America

Kathy Metcalf, President & CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America was confirmed as the keynote speaker for the Eleventh Annual WISTA USA Luncheon at the CMA Shipping 2016 Conference in Stamford, CT, scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m., Monday, March 21, 2016.   


DEME Orders Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger

Image: DEME

With the order of the Bonny River at Royal IHC, the Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME is investing in a new generation of trailing suction hopper dredgers which will be trendsetting in coastal protection and dredging hard soils


Oakland Port Files for Bankruptcy after Tenant Ends Lease

Oakland's Outer Harbor Terminal filed for Chapter 11 protection on Monday, two weeks after one of its biggest tenants said it was terminating a 50-year lease with the northern California port.   Last month, Ports America, one of the largest marine cargo operators in the country


ABS Publishes CyberSafety Guidance

ABS has published Guidance Notes on the Application of Cybersecurity Principles to Marine and Offshore Operations.   This cybersecurity guidance note is the first volume in the ABS CyberSafety series, and provides best practices for cybersecurity as a foundational element of overall safety


Dry-Bulk Shipping: Hitting the Bottom

Photo: China COSCO Bulk Shipping (Group) Co

 Dry bulk shipping companies being hit the hardest on account of the deteriorating business climate are likely to be swept by a new wave of bankruptcies, reports Nikkei.   The global commodities bust has rocked the dry-bulk shipping industry






 
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