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UK Club Rating Upgraded by S&P to A (Stable)

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Leading P&I club, the UK Club informs it has received the full report from Standard and Poor (“S&P”) explaining its reasons for upgrading the Club's financial rating. Extracts follow: The report explains that, in assessing the Club’s business and financial risk profiles across a set of criteria, S&P have determined an anchor rating of “A”.  This is based upon the “extremely strong capital adequacy” and “improved operating performance” of the Club.  This anchor rating translates, without adjustment, to an overall financial strength rating of A (stable). The restored rating is recognition of the financial progress made by the Club both in strengthening its capital and also in operating consistently at technical breakeven over a period.  The report also notes that the “club has strong relationships with its members” and anticipates that the “club will retain a leading position among the IG clubs” The report makes reference to one technical issue relating to “financial flexibility” which, while the Club’s position is described as “strong”, is still rated as “less than adequate”.  S&P’s criteria assume that an entity’s financial flexibility is dependent upon making sufficient profits to cover annual interest payments on capital instruments (such as the Club’s Hybrid Capital) by at least 400%


ConocoPhillips Announces Senior Management Changes

ConocoPhillips announced the following actions concerning the company's senior management: John Carrig, currently executive vice president, Finance, and chief financial officer, will become president and chief operating officer.  He will continue to report to Jim Mulva, chairman and chief executive officer. Jim Gallogly, currently executive vice president, Refining, Marketing & Transportation, will become executive vice president, Exploration & Production.


Propeller Club Holds Annual Convention

Over 400 participants converged on Biloxi, Miss., to attend the annual Propeller Club Convention. Maritime industry leaders, Propeller Club Members from around the world, Propeller Club Student Port Members and spouses enjoyed informative panel discussions that addressed issues such as Shipbuilding, Terminal Operations, Offshore Drilling Construction, Short Sea Shipping in Europe and the U.S., Inland Waterway Issues, Homeland and Port Security, Ballast Water Issues and others


UK P&I Club Capital Reaches Record High

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Latest Review of the Year shows enhanced financial strength of UK Club In its Review of the Year 2011, published this week, the UK Club posted total assets of $1.6 billion.    Dino Caroussis, Chairman of the UK P&I Club, commented: “We have achieved our goal of balanced underwriting so that all the $69 million investment return of the year is transferred to the reserves.  The Club’s $478 million free reserves and capital are the highest they have


Crew Medical Initiative Debuted in Ukraine

The American Club is the first P&I insurer to set up a program for pre-employment medical examinations (PEME) in the Ukraine. Claims resulting from pre-existing illnesses have been a big problem for shipowners and P&I clubs alike. However, certain illnesses and medical conditions can be identified during a PEME, and the American Club plans to establish an ‘approved’ list of quality clinics in labour-supplying countries where club members employ seafarers.


Disciplined Underwriting Increases UK P&I Club Free Reserves

The UK P&I Club, one of the largest and oldest providers of mutual liability insurance to ship owners, announced its financial results for the year ended February 20, 2013. Highlights •    Surplus of $9.5 million increases free reserves and hybrid capital to new high of $494 million •    S&P rating upgraded to: A- (Positive outlook) •    $4.11 free reserves per gross ton


‘Excellent’ rating for UK War Risks

Excellent Rating for UK War Risks

  The UK War Risks Club announced the affirmation of its A- ‘Excellent’ financial strength rating with a ‘Stable’ outlook from the insurance rating agency AM Best. AM Best’s rating reflects the Club’s “excellent risk-adjusted capitalisation, track record of good operating performance and its established business profile as a specialist underwriter of war risk insurance for ships.”


UK P&I Club Restructures

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Move intended to increase efficiency under Solvency 2.   The UK P&I Club has announced that it is reorganising its structure to establish UK Europe as the sole provider of direct insurance to UK Club members. By reducing the number of separately regulated insurers from two to one, the UK Club aims to streamline governance, reduce compliance costs and manage more efficiently the Club’s solvency capital requirements whilst meeting the impending Solvency 2 regulations for


The American Club Reports Solid Progress in 2015

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The American Club reported solid progress during 2015 at the annual meeting of its members held in New York yesterday. Despite a challenging economic climate, the Club’s business developed respectably, and 2016 had started on a positive note.   The Club’s tonnage and revenue experienced some attenuation in 2015 as global trade slowed and freight markets continued to struggle. Following the 2016 renewal


Bulk/Refrigeration Cargo Ship at Auction

International Boat & Marine Auction Services, in cooperation with Marine Business Exchange, Inc. (marinebusinessexchange.com) announced the auction of the 1982 Bulk/Refrig. Cargo Hauling Vessel, M/V June B, to be sold to the highest bidder, no minimum reserve. The auction will take place Wednesday, March 25, 2:00 p.m., at the Freeport Harbor, Bahamas - Mail Dock. M/V June B features: Engine Model # 6LU35 HP 1800 PS Speed 320 RPM 6 Cylinders 4 Strokes Cylinders Bore


AHHI Insures 1,900 Vessels in First Year

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 Cyprus-based American Hellenic Hull Insurance (AHHI) surpassed key targets during its first year of operation: 1,900 insured vessels, written premium income exceeded $10 million and covered 35 million GT on 100% basis, said a press statement.  


Royal Caribbean to Install NavBox Across Entire Fleet

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCC) has signed a deal with NAVTOR to install the NavBox navigation solution across its entire corporate fleet of 49 vessels, in a deal which spans RCC's six different operating companies. E-navigation specialist NAVTOR launched NavBox in 2013


IMT Rolls Out 'Full Ride' Scholarship Program

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The Institute of Marine Technology located at Warner University in Lake Wales, Fla. has recently established and is now officially launching a robust “full ride” scholarship program available by application for students participating in its innovative marine technical training program


Inspection of Ships of 18 Years or Older in Brazil

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 The Standard Club has been informed by its local correspondent in Brazil that following recent casualties involving bulk carriers, a series of new inspection requirements have been imposed in Brazilian ports for certain ships that are 18 years or older.  


Interior Refit for Cunard's Queen Victoria

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McCue Crafted Fit secured a repeat order from Cunard to refit the shops and art gallery on board its luxury liner, Queen Victoria. This follows the remastering of aspects of the Queen Mary 2 (QM2) in Hamburg, Germany in 2016. The £34 million ($43 million) refit comprises of an upgraded and


Crew Health: Addressing Seafarer Obesity

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Sophia Bullard, Crew Health Program Director at UK P&I Club, comments on the fact many crewmembers fail pre-sea medical examinations due to a combination of serious illnesses linked to obesity.    It could be argued that obesity alone is a precursor to other more serious conditions


UK P&I Club Advises on Charterparties in Bills of Lading

Amanda Hastings, Claims Executive at UK P&I Club, comments on incorporation of charterparties into bills of lading. The issue of incorporation of charterparties into bills of lading is debated by the English courts on a fairly frequent basis; most recently in the Anna Bo (2015) and the


S & P Credit Rating for Shipowners’ Club

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 Following a request by The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg), as from 19 May 2017 AM Best will  no longer provide a rating of the Club.   This decision was taken by the Club in December 2016 following a review of the costs and benefits of


SUNY Maritime Cadets Receive Crowley Scholarships

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Four cadets at State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College have been awarded Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships to help further their educational opportunities, Crowley Maritime Corp. announced.   Recipients Jacob Ennerfelt, John Szczecinski


India, Indonesia Commence Co-ordinated Patrol

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 The 29th series of India–Indonesia CORPAT is scheduled from 09 – 25 May 2017 with the opening ceremony being conducted from 09 -12 May 2017 at Port Blair under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar Command.    The Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Sutedi Senoputra has arrived at


The Shipowners' Club Bounce Back to Black

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 The Shipowners’ Club, the leading mutual P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector, has reported resilient results for the year ending 31 December 2016.   The Club has reported a combined ratio of 98.6%, an increase in gross tonnage of 0.8m to 25


London P&I Club Reports Increased Free Reserves for 2016/2017

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The London P&I Club has issued an advance summary of its result for the 2016/2017 financial year, ahead of the publication of its annual report. The Club recorded an overall surplus of $27.3 million, increasing the free reserve to $188 million.


Indian Navy Fires Brahmos Land Attack Supersonic Cruise Missile

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 Indian Navy successfully undertook the firing of BrahMos Land Attack Supersonic Cruise Missile from a ship on 21 April 2017.    This variant of Long Range BrahMos Missile was fired from Indian Naval Ship Teg, a Guided Missile Frigate, on a target on land.   


Clearance for IOC's Kochi LPG Terminal

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 The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has given a ‘go ahead’ to Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)’s stalled LPG import terminal project at Puthuvypeen near Kochi in South India.   A statement from IOC said that  NGT reaffirmed its previous order dated August 2, 2016


Shipowners’ Club Pact with Yachtpod Risk Partners

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 Yachtowners, the specialist yacht syndicate of The Shipowners’ P&I Club, today announces that it has entered into a partnership with newly established super yacht specialists Yachtpod Risk Partners (Yachtpod). Yachtowners, the specialist yacht syndicate of The Shipowners’






 
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