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Sunday, December 17, 2017

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AGCS Makes Leadership Changes in North America

Allianz Group’s specialist corporate insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) announced today that effective December 31, Henning Haagen will take over as North American Regional Head of Specialty Lines, and Rich Soja will become the North American Regional Head of Marine. These appointments follow the retirement of John Barnwell after more than 20 years with the company. While taking on these new responsibilities, both Haagen and Soja will continue in their current roles as Northeast Zone Executive in the U.S. and Global Head of Inland Marine, respectively. Since joining Allianz in 2008, Haagen has held a range of global leadership positions within the organization both in Munich and London…

DMA Call for Various Certificates

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

Time has come to apply for renewal of CLC, Bunker, Athens and Wreck Removal Certificates from the Danish Maritime Authority(DMA). The certificates must be renewed once a year when the underlying insurance expires. Ships that are required to hold a certificate must not operate without valid certificates. Many certificates expire on 20 February 2018; these are typically the CLC, Bunker, Athens and Wreck Removal Certificates based on P&I insurance. Some CLC, Bunker, Athens and WRC Certificates expire on dates other than 20 February 2018.

DSG Marine Asks Shipowners to Consider Fixed Premium P&I Cover

Photo courtesy of DSG Marine

DGS Marine, a global P&I management provider and exclusive manager for the British European and Overseas (BE&O) P&I Facility, has advised Indian shipowners to consider the benefits of fixed premium P&I cover. DGS Marine spoke at a P&I Insurance Seminar held in Mumbai, India last week and jointly hosted by DGS Marine Group and the British European and Overseas (BE&O) P&I Facility. Attended by delegates from across India’s shipping community, the seminar examined a range of shipping-related legal and insurance issues…

North P&I, Sunderland Merge to Form North Group

North of England P&I Association (North) and Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Company Limited (SMMI) merged to form the North Group on Friday 28 February 2014 following approval by the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulatory Authority and other U.K. and overseas regulators. The merger between two of the longest-established and most successful international marine insurance businesses - both of which are based in north-east England - has created one of the largest global marine insurance operations, with a premium income of over $500 million, free reserves of $350 million and total assets of $1,500 million. North Group has been over two years in the making, starting with a strategic alliance between North and SMMI in January 2012.

Insights: H. Elder Brown, Jr.

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Fidelis Group Holdings LLC and Continental Underwriters, Ltd. For those in the marine insurance and underwriting communities, H. Elder Brown, Jr. needs no introduction. That’s because over the course of the past 27 years, Brown has taken Continental Underwriters Ltd. (CUL) from a small family business to one of the largest brown water marine underwriters in the United States. More recently, Brown returned CUL to private ownership by purchasing CUL back from Houston Casualty Company in 2009.

Wreck Removal Challenges

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The issue of how to legally remove hazardous wrecks at sea has been in the spotlight at the Salvage & Wreck London 2017 Conference (7 December). International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Jan De Boer took part in a panel discussing the challenges surrounding wreck removal and provided an update on the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention. The Convention provides the legal basis for States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may threaten the safety of lives, goods and property at sea, as well as the marine environment.

IUA supports market reforms

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Cosco Firms Sign Insurance​ Agreement

Pic: Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation Co Ltd

Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation has entered into insurance services framework agreement with Cosco Shipping Insurance​ pursuant to which the latter will provide vessel-related insurance services to the Group. Cosco Shipping  Insurance is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cosco Shipping , the Company’s indirect controlling shareholder. Accordingly, Cosco Shipping Insurance is a connected person of the Company, and the Insurance Services Framework Agreement and the transactions thereunder constitute continuing connected transactions of the Company.

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. Under Michigan law, fire insurance claims must be submitted within one year of the casualty. All other casualty insurance claims are subject to a six-year statute of limitations. [Source: HK Law]

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. The obvious benefits of a ‘soft’ market to the buyer are lower insurance premiums…

U.S. Extends Marine War Risk Insurance

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 cargoes and crew) entering the Middle East region, whenever commercial insurance cannot be obtained on reasonable terms and conditions. It should…

Singapore –Bunker Insurance

Singapore –Bunker Insurance The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular providing the names of additional insurers and underwriters that it has accepted for purposes of issuing Bunker Convention Certificates. The insurers and underwriters include: ·         QBE Insurance (International) Limited ·         British Marine Luxembourg S.A. ·         Navigators Insurance Company ·         Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. ·         Tokio Marine Insurance Singapore Ltd. ·         China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association ·         The Korea Shipowner's Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association (www.mpa.gov.sg)

Former DHS Chief Ridge Introduces Cyber Solutions

Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge

First U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge Partners with Five Lloyd’s Syndicates to Offer ‘Intelligent’ Cyber Insurance. Ridge Insurance Solutions Company to close dangerous cyber insurance gap by providing informed-assessment capabilities and insurance. Companies struggling to protect their assets and brands from the growing scourge of cyber attacks can now access a new product designed specifically for their needs, created by a trusted former national security leader and the world’s premier insurance brand.

Denmark Updates Insurance Claims Requirements

Danish ships with a gross tonnage of or above 300 without a Certificate of Entry in a P&I Club from the international group of P&I clubs must inform the Danish Maritime Authority about alternative insurance for maritime claims before March 31, 2014. Danish ships with a gross tonnage of or above 300 must carry a certificate confirming that insurance has been taken out to cover maritime claims. The certificates are issued by the insurance companies and are subject to the general control of ships and certificates. Most ships have a recognized Certificate of Entry. In case the ship does not have a Certificate of Entry, the Danish Maritime Authority must be informed about the insurance taken out before 31 March 2014. What is a recognized Certificate of Entry?

Brexit Prompts North P&I Club to Set up Dublin Subsidiary

British ship insurer North is setting up a new European Union subsidiary in Dublin in case Britain loses access to the single market after Brexit, becoming the first of these specialised providers to announce such a move. Insurers are making contingency plans after Britain’s vote to leave the EU means they could risk losing “passporting” rights that allow UK financial services firms to trade in Europe without the need for locally regulated entities. Britain dominates the global marine insurance market and losing access to specialist Protection and Indemnity (P&I) clubs like North could weaken other parts of the country’s multi-billion pound shipping services sector.

Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance Broadens In-house Capacity

Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance broadens panel of security, increases marine pollution capacity    Vessel pollution liability insurance company Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance announced it has expanded its carrier partnerships to include Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (BHSI) and Argonaut Insurance Company.   With this expanded panel, Safe Harbor said it has more than tripled its in-house capacity. BHSI, which carries a financial strength rating of A++ from AM Best, and Argonaut, rated A by AM Best, join A rated Starr Indemnity & Liability Company on the Safe Harbor panel.   Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance is a member of the Falvey Insurance Group, a MGA group specializing in cargo, yacht and marine pollution.

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Looks for New Investor as Sanctions Bite

Arctech Helsinki shipyard (Photo: Eric Haun)

Russian state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) is looking for a new owner for its Arctech Helsinki shipyard as sanctions against the holding company hamper business, the head of the shipyard said on Tuesday. The shipyard is the world’s biggest builder of vessels that can navigate ice-covered waters, and it has expected more orders as melting sea ice opens the Arctic to more shipping, mining and oil drilling. However, following the Ukraine crisis and back-to-back East-West sanctions, Russian ownership has complicated the shipyard’s access to finance.

Mitsui Marine, Sumitomo To Merge

Sumitomo Marine & Fire Insurance and Mitsui Marine & Fire Insurance have 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 would outstrip current industry leader Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance, whose assets stand at $48.5 billion. Mitsui Marine is Japan's third largest non-life insurer, and Sumitomo Marine the fourth biggest. Analysts say the merger is set to accelerate consolidation in the sector, where competition is intensifying due mainly to the deregulation of insurance premiums in July 1998. Sumitomo Marine and Mitsui Marine said they will unveil a detailed merger plan in March. Both companies had said two weeks ago that they were in talks on forming an alliance.

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. The companies will unveil a detailed merger plan in March.

Personal jurisdiction, Venue, Insurance, Co-insurance, Salvage, and Subrogation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a long decision regarding a lengthy and complicated litigation involving personal jurisdiction, venue, cargo insurance, co-insurance, salvage, and subrogation. Adams v. Unione Mediterranea di Sicurta, No. 03-30026 (5th Cir., April 14, 2004.) (HK Law) http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/03/03-30026-CV0.wpd.pdf

PVA Advises On Terrorism Insurance

The Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) recently distributed the following to advise its members regarding terrorism insurance. The shocking events that occurred on September 11 took all of us by surprise. Since then, we've all started to ask ourselves some basic questions that will help us to protect our companies, property, and employees from further harmful situations, if they should occur. One of these important protective elements is insurance. Many vessel operators who need more information about how to protect their businesses have approached the people at Aon Risk Services, the PVA Endorsed Insurance Program. There has been some conflicting information was to whether Terrorism/Malicious Acts are insured under the PVA Insurance Program.

DOT Offers Insurance For Commercial Ship Owners

Maritime Administrator William G. Schubert today announced that the Maritime Administration (MARAD) is now accepting applications for war risk insurance to cover commercial ship operations in the Middle East. President Bush authorized the Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide the insurance at the request of Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta. U.S.-flag vessels are eligible, as are ships owned by U.S. companies. Other vessels may be covered if their cargoes are considered to be in the security interests of the United States. The insurance covers cargoes as well as the ships and crews. It is underwritten by DOT in return for a premium from shipowners.

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, embedding the ability to purchase cargo insurance into their shipping workflow – automating and streamlining the insurance buying process and eliminating duplicate, error-prone data entry. Insurance certificates are issued online and serviced by Lloyd’s of London broker FP Marine Risks.

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