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New Maritime Cargo Insurance – 'Undercover'

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Willis Group Holdings has launched a new insurance facility, called Undercover, to protect cargo in transit and in store against all types of political violence, terrorism and war risks, informs shipping trade association Maritime London. The global risk adviser, insurance and reinsurance broker says that, in recent years, cargo losses worth more than one hundred million dollars have not been recovered under traditional cargo insurance policies due to critical exposures being excluded. Willis explains that traditional cargo insurance policies typically exclude certain losses, such as those arising from civil war, insurrection, rebellion and terrorism for goods in store. Meanwhile, political violence policies, which typically respond to these types of risk, usually exclude transit exposures and cover fixed assets rather than stock. Willis says its new facility, Undercover, has received support from a panel of leading London insurers and that it wraps up the coverage provided by these different policies under a single facility, eliminating gaps in coverage and reducing premium costs by removing duplication of cover. It is understood that there is currently no other such facility available in the market. Trevor McGarry, executive director of Willis’ marine insurance business, said: “It is apparent that many companies misunderstand their cover. They think they’re protected when in fact they are not


Coming your way, a 3% rise in Operating Costs

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A new survey from Moore Stephens finds that vessel operating costs are expected to rise by more than 3% in both 2013 and 2014. While this news should not be unexpected it is nevertheless bad news for ship owners that continue to struggle with low freight rates and over capacity across several oceangoing sectors. In total the survey examined 10 main cost areas, summarized in charts one and two. Crew expenses, broken in two categories as ‘wages’ and ‘other’ by far


Builders Risk Policy Serves as Inland Marine Insurance

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that, under Michigan law, a builders risk insurance policy is a form of inland marine insurance and is controlled by the statute of limitations applicable thereto. For our purposes, the decision is probably most interesting in its historical analysis of the insurance industry and the division of casualty insurance into two large groups: fire insurance and marine insurance


Must-Haves for Vessel Repair Contracts

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By Fred B. Goldsmith From MarineNews August 2010 My last column addressed critical clauses in vessel charters. Since this issue of MarineNews is focused on vessel construction and repair, this column will focus on some, but due to space limitations, not all, critical clauses in vessel repair contracts. Work to be Performed Vessel repairs are usually an expensive proposition. The vessel must be taken out of service and thus is not generating income while being repaired


Report of First Drop in Ship Operating Costs Since 2002

International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens reports an average fall of 2.0 per cent in total annual operating costs in OpCost 2010, its unique ship operating costs benchmarking tool. This is the first time since 2002 that OpCost has revealed a fall in total operating costs, which compares with the 15.8 per cent average increase recorded in OpCost 2009. All cost categories were down this time, except for crew costs


Understanding the Ups and Downs of Insurance

 Rich DeSimone is President of XL Group’s North America Marine business.  XL Group plc’s (NYSE: XL) insurance companies offer property, casualty, professional and specialty insurance products globally. w: http://www.xlgroup.com

Business is cyclical, and nowhere is there more evidence of its cyclical nature than in the insurance market, characterized by ups and downs in insurance premiums, coverages and profitability. By most accounts, the current insurance market has been one of the most competitive in recent memory.  With intense price-cutting and expanding coverages, these conditions are typical of a “soft” market which is very much a buyers’ market


Mitsui Marine, Sumitomo To Merge By April 2002

Sumitomo Marine & Fire Insurance and Mitsui Marine & Fire Insurance agreed to merge by April 1, 2002, in a move that would create Japan's largest non-life insurer. With combined assets of $51.7 billion, the merged company will outstrip current industry leader Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance, whose assets stand at $48.5 billion. Analysts say the merger will accelerate consolidation in the sector, where competition is intensifying, due mainly to the deregulation of insurance premiums in July 1998


Admiralty Law Firm’s Insurance Rescinded

In an unpublished decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that an insurance company could rescind the professional liability insurance of an admiralty law firm for material misrepresentation in the application. The law firm (noted for filing asbestos claims against ship owners, among other things) indicated in its application that none of its lawyers knew of any circumstances that could result in a professional liability claim


Sumitomo And Mitsui Finalize Merger Conditions

Sumitomo Marine & Fire Insurance Co. and Mitsui Marine & Fire Insurance Co. on Tuesday announced terms under which they will merge next October, creating Japan's largest non-life insurer with assets of 5.7 trillion yen ($51.6 billion). In a joint statement, the companies said 1.09 Mitsui Marine shares will be allocated for one Sumitomo Marine share. The merged entity will be named Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. with Mitsui Marine president Takeo Iguchi and Sumitomo Marine president


INTTRA to Offer Cargo Insurance on e-Commerce Network

Hong Kong headquartered FP Marine Risks provides insurance program to INTTRA network members via INTTRA's e-commerce platform. Leveraging the buying power of the INTTRA network, INTTRA members can elect to purchase cargo insurance at competitive rates during the shipping process through Alto, FP Marine Risks’ online insurance platform. Effective immediately, shippers can click a link to request a quote from FP Marine Risks through the INTTRA platform


Vic-Press Receives Five New Type Approvals

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Approvals from ABS, BV, DNV, Korean Register and Lloyd’s Register add to previous GL approval Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe-joining systems, has received type approvals from American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Bureau Veritas (BV), Det Norske Veritas (DNV)


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


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.


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


UK P&I Club Awards 2014 Scholarship

Jan Kohzer: Photo UK Club

The UK Club informs that Jan Kohzer has been selected as this year’s Robin Travis Scholar. From 1st September 2014, Jan will spend three months based in Thomas Miller’s London office. The Robin Travis scholarship is a flexible programme tailored to provide a breadth of knowledge


UK Defense Club Announces Positive Financial Results

The UK Defence Club, a provider of FD&D (legal costs) insurance to the maritime industry, announces its financial results for the year ended 20 February 2014.   Highlights:  £18.8 million premium income, up 9% compared with 2012/13


Gazprom’s Shares Included In Top Quotation List Of Moscow Exchange

Gazproms shares included in Top Quotation List

  The Moscow Exchange yesterday included Gazprom's shares in the First Level of the List of Securities Admitted to Exchange Trading. The First Level is the top quotation list shaped by the brand new listing rules of the Moscow Exchange


Pirated Tankship Found Off West Africa Coast

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An oil tanker missing for a week off the coast of West Africa was attacked by pirates who stole its cargo, the company that managed the ship said on Thursday after speaking with its captain. The Liberia-flagged MT Fair Artemis had last made contact with its manager, Fairdeal Group SA


Steve Kennedy Re-joins Allianz from Zurich North America

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Allianz Group’s specialist corporate insurer, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), announce the appointment of Steve Kennedy as Head of Corporate Property and Inland Marine Claims, replacing Tony Clark who retired at the end of January 2014


TT Club Calls for Increased Port Safety

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In a speech given to the Trans Middle East Conference in Qatar in May, Andrew Kemp, Regional Director EMEA of the freight transport insurance specialist TT Club, called for operators to do more to minimize the causes of incidents resulting in bodily injury, cargo and property damage.


GE to Power, Propel UK's New Frigates

Type 26 Global Combat Ship (Image: GE)

The U.K. Ministry of Defense has engaged in a major program to update and upgrade its current fleet of frigates. In the next decade, Type 26 Global Combat Ships will become the backbone of the Royal Navy, replacing its existing Type 23 Frigates.


Peak Re Appoints Credit & Surety Underwriter

Kathleen Ko, Sr Vice President of Peak Re

Peak Reinsurance Company Limited (“Peak Re”), the fast growing Hong Kong based reinsurer announced the appointment of Kathleen Koh as Senior Vice President to underwrite credit and surety business.   Ms. Koh will be responsible for developing and growing Peak Re’s credit


Marine Salavage: Responder Immunity Benefits a Responsible Party

The Author, Jon Waldron

Putting to rest the fears and misconceptions about what responder immunity means and what it will eventually do. It’s all good. As many in the response industry, and in many cases the marine industry in general appreciate, there has been an extended effort to enact an enhanced responder


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


FURUNO NavSkills Network Issues ECDIS Certificate 10,000

This June FURUNO’s NavSkills network of training centers issued the ECDIS type specific training certificate No. 10,000. The certificate was issued to a Russian navigator trained at the Odessa Maritime Training Center, which joined the FURUNO NavSkills training partnership in 2013.






 
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