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Great Lakes Shipyard Receives Safety Award

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. The company attributes its successful performance over the years to its extensive internal safety policies and training programs. Signal is the largest provider of Longshore and Harbor workers compensation insurance benefits in the United States. Longshore and Harbor workers compensation insurance is applicable to workers employed in shipyards and engaged in vessel construction and ship repair, as well as in other marine related occupations who are not eligible for state workers compensation insurance or Jone’s Act coverage, the later reserved for seafarers on board vessels as crewmen. Great Lakes Shipyard, a division of The Great Lakes Towing Company, operates a full-service shipyard and drydock in Cleveland, Ohio, specializes in all types of marine construction and vessel repairs including tugs, supply boats, ferries, barges, excursion vessels, dinner boats, research vessels, large yachts, and off-site topside work of every kind


How to Indentify a Jones Act Seaman

By Jeffrey S. Moller The maritime law community is awaiting the next pronouncement by the U.S. Supreme Court pertaining to the definition of a Jones Act seaman. In February, the high court announced that it would review the decision of the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Stewart v. Dutra Construction Co., Inc. The definition of seaman has proven to be a nagging problem; this will be the fifth time since 1991 that the Justices have tackled some aspect of the question.


China’s Oil Pollution Laws Worth Watching

The UK P&I Club offered the following briefing on Chinese marine pollution law. Ship owners and operators trading in Chinese waters face an extensive set of new legal and regulatory requirements governing their roles and responsibilities in oil pollution incidents. China’s Prevention and Control of Marine Pollution from Ships Regulation was implemented on 1st March 2010. It dovetails with the Marine Environment Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China


Braving the Human Element in Safety

The maritime industry is notorious for braving the elements.   One element however — the human one — poses greater safety risk than rough seas or gale-force winds and is requiring more companies to take an aggressive approach in emphasizing every employee’s role in their risk management efforts.   While maritime companies have developed technologically sophisticated hull designs, stability systems, propulsion systems, and navigational equipment


Insurance Advice for Marinas & Shipyards

McDermott Costa Insurance Brokers offers risk-reducing advice to marinas & shipyards regarding third party vendors   Third party service providers can pose serious risk and liabilities for marina and shipyard owners. Without the proper due diligence these marine companies could find themselves footing large bills should a dispute occur.   As a California insurance agency that specializes in ocean marine insurance for boat yards, marinas, yacht clubs


BP Denied $700M in Insurance from Gulf Spill

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. The state's highest court, upholding the views of lower courts, ruled BP was covered by Transocean's insurance for pollution on the water's surface, but not under it. BP operated the well


Committee Cuts $250M from Navy’s Hurricane Aid Request

The House appropriators’ decision to slash $250 million from the Navy’s funding request to aid Gulf Coast shipyards ravaged by Hurricane Katrina is worrying Navy officials who fear the move can result in shipbuilding delays and cost increases, The Hill reported. But House appropriators will likely have to debate with their Senate counterparts during conference negotiations over supplemental spending bills for the war on terrorism and disaster assistance


New Rules for Oil Spill Compensation Enter Force

Increased levels of compensation will be available for victims of oil pollution from oil tanker accidents on 3 March 2005 with the entry into force of the 2003 Protocol establishing an International Oil Pollution Compensation Supplementary Fund. The Fund will supplement the compensation available under the 1992 Civil Liability Convention (CLC) and the International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage (FUND), with an additional


European Ship Passengers Have Rights Too

Europeans better protected legally when travelling by water from now onwards. As from 31 December 2012, passengers travelling by sea will have the right to claim compensation for loss or damage in the event of accidents. Passengers travelling by sea and inland waterways in the EU, and in particular disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility, will benefit from similar rights to those passengers travelling by air or by train. These new rights include:  


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


Calais DFDS Ferries to Restart Tuesday; Talks to Reconvene

Photo: DFDS Seaways

DFDS Seaways Calais-Dover ferry service, suspended by a workers' blockade of Calais port during the weekend, will resume on Tuesday morning, Transport Minister Alain Vidalies said after talks with the parties involved.   Ferry workers, industry executives


SBM Offshore Completes $1.55 bln FPSO Financing

SBM Offshore announced it has today completed the project financing of FPSO Cidade de Saquarema for a total of $1.55 billion, marking the largest project financing in the company's history.    Project financing was secured by a consortium of 16 international banks with insurance cover


AEU Presents Safety Awards

Left to right: Jimmy Burgin, AEU; Pat O’Driscoll, Levin Enterprises, Inc.; Randy Rader, RBT Welders, LLC; Nichole DeGidio, 1st Flagship, Inc.; Simon Lee, Keppel AmFELS LLC; Gus Cagigas, Diversified Port Holdings, LLC; Steve White, McGriff Seibels & Williams, broker for Linea Peninsular, Inc.; and Mike Lapeyrouse, AEU

The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. (AEU) presented its 2014 Safety Awards at the annual American Longshore Mutual Association, Ltd. (ALMA) Conference on July 19, 2015, in Key Biscayne, Fla.   AEU, which provides solutions for workers’ compensation coverage under the Longshore and


Calais Port Blocked Again by Protesters

Protesting ferry-workers blocked road access to the northern French port of Calais with burning tyres on Friday, police said. The workers have in recent weeks intermittently blocked the port and sometimes the Channel Tunnel in a protest over job cuts after tunnel operator Eurotunnel agreed to


Mombasa Port Workers End Strike

MSC Aurelie alongside berth No.16 in Mombasa. Photo: Kenya Ports Authority

 Mombasa, Kenya port workers end strike and returned to work on Friday after being warned they could lose their jobs, reports Reuters.   However the members of the Trade Union Congress (TUC-K) said protests over changes to their health care costs could resume next week and aims to push


Caltex Replaces Australian Crew

Alexander Spirit. Photo credit: The Advocate - Burnie

 The 36 Australian crew members of an Caltex tanker refusing to set sail after they were told their jobs would be gone after the next run. MR tanker Alexander Spirit (40,100 dwt, built 2007) is docked in Devonport, in Tasmania's north-west, now.  


Release After Seizure - Fincantieri Shipyard

FINCANTIERI MONFALCONE SHIPYARD

  Fincantieri announced today that the Prosecutor's Office of Gorizia has ordered the release of the areas in Monfalcone shipyard subject to seizure on 29 June. The working activities for all the workers involved in the production cycle of the Monfalcone shipyard will resume as of tomorrow


Two Dead in Petrobras Offshore Accident

Two workers died at a construction project at a Brazilian oil terminal operated by state-run Petrobras on Tuesday, adding to a string of fatal and life-threatening accidents, a union representing oil workers said in a statement. The workers drowned after scaffolding they were erecting collapsed


Diana Extends Containership Time Charter

Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has agreed to extend the present time charter contract for one of its Post-Panamax container vessels, the m/v Pucon


Venezuela Bid to Review $46mln Tidewater Award Rejected

Photo: Tidewater

Venezuela's request to review a $46 million compensation claim it has been ordered to pay to oil service company Tidewater was rejected and the stay on the award's execution lifted, a World Bank tribunal said in a decision posted on its website on Wednesday.  


Port of Oakland Adds 400 Dockworkers

Photo: Port of Oakland

An added 400 dockworkers to handle Port of Oakland cargo; first new hires arrive this week to help clear vessel buildup   The first of 400 new dockworkers arrive this week to meet the Port of Oakland’s need for more labor, the port announced today


Signal International Files for Bankruptcy

Photo: Signal International

Facing a wave of lawsuits filed by workers recruited from India to work on the U.S. Gulf Coast, marine services company Signal International has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to help save its business and resolve litigation, the Wall Street Journal reported.


More than 100 Shipbuilders Lose Jobs at ASC

Warehouse facilities and workers at ASCs submarine construction and maintenance facility at Osborne, South Australia. Photo: ASC Pty Ltd.

 South Australian defence shipbuilding company ASC has axed 101 blue collar jobs from its facility at Osborne near Port Adelaide.    The submarine and shipbuilder ASC has let go 101 contractors from its facility in Adelaide in a move it says will increase productivity on its air


France: Job-Saving Offer in Bid to End Port Crisis

The French government unveiled proposals on Thursday to save local ferry jobs and end a stand-off in the port of Calais in northern France that has repeatedly disrupted traffic in the Channel Tunnel. Some 500 workers at ferry service MyFerryLink have blocked traffic around the port in a protest


South Australia Seeks Shipbuilding Job Guarantees

Image - Commonwealth of Australia: Navy Imagery Unit

 The South Australian Government has outlined three key points on shipbuilding it wants addressed by the Commonwealth's Defence White Paper next month.   It wants (1) a minimum 70 per cent Australian worker participation in the building, similar to the Collins Class submarines






 
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