Joe Hughes News

21 Nov 2019

Interview: Boriana Farrar, Ship Owners Claims Bureau

Boriana Farrar is a familiar face in maritime circles, the Vice President and Counsel and a Senior Claims Executive and Business Development Director for the Americas at the Ship Owners Claims Bureau, Inc. managers of the American P&I Club.

Boriana Farrar is a familiar face in maritime circles, the Vice President and Counsel and a Senior Claims Executive and Business Development Director for the Americas at the Ship Owners Claims Bureau, Inc. managers of the American P&I Club. We met with her in her NYC office to discuss her path from her native Bulgaria to a top maritime professional position.When Boriana Farrar moved from her native Bulgaria to the United States in 2001, she did so to be close to family, her mother and her sister who had already established a life in the U.S., some 5,000 miles from her homeland.

14 May 2019

Risk Management on the Inland Waterways Evolves

Joe Hughes, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of The American Club

The subchapter M towboat rules, safety management systems, and an emerging culture shift on the inland waterways brings with it a fresh look at how to manage risk. Is it time for P&I clubs to return to brown water? And should inland operators welcome them home?A mass exodus from the inland marine sector by P&I clubs in the mid-1990’s was precipitated by many things. Today, these very same vessels have been put under the subchapter M regime, and most are adapting SMS as a culture in the process.

21 Aug 2017

NAMEPA to Honor Founding Chairman Maitland

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) announced that Clay Maitland will receive the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award at an awards dinner in New York on October 26. Maitland, who is a Managing Partner of International Registries, Inc (Marshall Islands Ship Registry), is being recognized for his many industry accomplishments including being a NAMEPA co-founder. “Clay is one of the finest examples in our industry of a successful businessman who expends nearly as much energy on philanthropy,” said NAMEPA Chairman Joe Hughes. Maitland has worked in the shipping industry since graduation from law school in 1968. He was employed by International Registries, Inc.

03 Jan 2017

The American Club Celebrates Its Centenary

	Joe Hughes, Chairman and CEO of the American Club’s managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. (Photo:  American Club)

The American P&I Club was founded in New York nearly a century ago. To celebrate its first 100 years, a book entitled The American Club: A Centennial History has just been published. The book tells the story of the Club across ten decades of maritime and marine insurance history both within the United States and across the world. Its author is Richard Blodgett, a former Wall Street Journal reporter whose previous credits include histories of the New York Stock Exchange, Kohler and Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. The American Club was founded in February, 1917.

24 Jun 2016

The American Club Reports Solid Progress in 2015

Arnold Witte (Photo: Donjon Marine)

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, year-on-year tonnage entered for P&I and FD&D risks was stable at about 14 million GT for the former and 9 million GT for the latter class of business…

12 May 2016

Maritime Hall of Fame Honors Marine Visionaries

C Duff Hughes (Photo:Maritime Association of the Port of New York & New Jersey)

The 23rd Annual International Maritime Hall of Fame reception and awards dinner took place yesterday evening in New York where five individuals were honored in front of more than 350 of their colleagues from the international maritime transportation industry. The Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey founded the Annual International Maritime Hall of Fame in 1993 to recognize maritime visionaries who, through excellence in their company, organization or services, best exemplify the qualities of futuristic thinking that guides the maritime industry.

25 Feb 2016

Arctic Thaw Presents Shipping Risks to Environment

The U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Star (credit: USCG)

Rising average temperatures are melting ice; the call goes out for heavy fuel oil to be regulated in Arctic. The Arctic is thawing even faster than lawmakers can formulate new rules to prevent the environmental threat of heavy fuel oil pollution from ships plying an increasingly popular trade route. Average Arctic temperatures are rising twice as fast as elsewhere in the world and the polar ice cap's permanent cover is shrinking at a rate of around 10 percent per decade. By the end of this century, summers in the Arctic could be free of ice.

23 Nov 2015

American Club Announces 2.5% Increase

Joe Hughes (Photo: American Club)

At its meeting in New York on November 20, the American Club’s board resolved to levy a general premium increase of 2.5 percent for P&I cover, but no increase in the cost of FD and D for the 2016 policy year. The club’s board also reviewed release call requirements for open policy years, reducing the margins for 2013 and 2014, and undertaking to revisit the 2015 figure in the first half of 2016. In reaching these decisions, the board took account of the club’s recent performance against a background of the overall economic climate…

20 Jul 2015

Eagle Ocean Marine Grows Market Share

Joe Hughes, Chairman and CEO of Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc. (Photo: EOM)

Eagle Ocean Marine (EOM), the specialist fixed premium P&I and FD&D (Freight, Demurrage and Defense) facility underwritten by the American Club, has reported a solid fourth year of operations, and a strong start to its fifth year of activity, following the successful renewal of its quota-share and excess of loss reinsurances with Lloyd’s underwriters as of July 1, 2015. Over the past year, tonnage insured by Eagle Ocean Marine grew by nearly 20 percent over the figure for the previous twelve months, on a premium income of over $6 million.

18 Jun 2015

American Club: Solid Progress despite Challenging Market

Joe Hughes (Photo: American Club)

The American Club reported solid progress during 2014 at the annual meeting of its members held in New York today. Despite a challenging economic climate, the club’s business had developed favorably, and 2015 had started on a positive note. Tonnage and revenue grew strongly at the outset of 2014, but faded slightly later in the year as freight markets struggled. However, premium pricing remained firm, despite the enduring effect of “churn” as older, higher-rated vessels continued to be replaced by younger, lower-rated ships.

06 Dec 2014

American Club Strengthens Asia Presence

Katherine Wang, who is well known in Asian P&I circles, has joined the American Club as assistant vice president and marketing manager for Greater China and Northern Asia. In the first instance she will be stationed in the Hong Kong office of the club's managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau, and thereafter will be deployed to Dalian in Northern China - where in fact she graduated from Dalian Maritime University, obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in International Shipping Transportation. Ms Wang joins SCB from another international group P&I club, where she was employed as an underwriter. Prior to that, she worked at China Shipping (Hong Kong) Marine Co. Ltd. in its chartering department, specialising in the dry bulk sector.

29 Jul 2014

American P&I Club Rings in Posidonia

Stuart Todd

While Posidonia is well regarded for its exhibition, it is famous for its parties. The American Club held its traditional party on the evening of Thursday, May 29, to mark the start of Posidonia week, with more than 600 guests from the club’s expanding Greek membership, as well as club directors and representatives from the Greek maritime industry, attended a buffet reception on the rooftop of the Royal Olympic Hotel in central Athens. The occasion proved to be an ideal opportunity for the club’s leading underwriter…

09 Jun 2014

American Club Rings in Posidonia 2014

Stuart Todd

The American Club held its traditional party on the evening of Thursday, May 29 to mark the start of Posidonia week. More than 600 guests from the club’s expanding Greek membership, as well as club directors and representatives from the Greek maritime industry, attended a buffet reception on the rooftop of the Royal Olympic Hotel in central Athens. The event was also attended by Miltiades Varvitsiotis, the Greek Minister of Shipping and the Aegean, together with senior diplomats from the U.S. Embassy to Greece.

26 Feb 2014

American Club Reports Strong Renewal

The American Club, the only mutual protection and indemnity insurer domiciled in the Americas, has  revealed very positive overall results for the February 20 renewal season. Tonnage entered for owners’ P&I risks increased by over 11% year-on-year as at February 20, while that entered for defence risks grew by over 30%. There was an overall premium increase of slightly under 8% for P&I on renewing tonnage, and nearly 6% for the club’s defence class. However, when the monetary value of deductible increases and other adjustments to insurance conditions are taken into account, the target of a 10% increase in premium set by the club’s board for 2014 was very broadly achieved, notwithstanding a continuation of the difficult commercial environment.

06 Dec 2013

American Club Strengthens Management

Michael Hansen

The American P&I Club is reorganizing its underwriting and business development functions into a regionalized structure comprising the Americas, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), South and Southeast Asia, and Greater China and North Asia. “The more focused application of resources created by this new structure is intended further to improve service delivery to members, brokers and the club’s other business associates,” Joe Hughes, chairman and ceo of managers Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc.…

22 Jul 2013

American Club Gets S&P Rating Boost

American Club logo

Under Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services’ latest review, the American P&I Club’s financial strength rating has been raised a full notch from BB+ to BBB-, an investment grade, with a stable outlook. This action follows a comprehensive review of the club’s current and prospective circumstances by reference to S&P’s new criteria for the rating of insurance companies which it has now extended to 14 marine mutual insurers. In their rationale for increasing the club’s rating to an investment grade…

03 Jul 2013

American Club Elects First China Director

Members of the American P&I Club have elected the first director to come from The People’s Republic of China (PRC). At the annual meeting in New York, Lianyu Zhu of CCCC International Shipping Corporation, Tianjin, was elected to the board for the forthcoming year. Mr. Zhu’s company is a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company, a major state-owned enterprise (SOE) which is, among other things, the largest port construction and design company in the PRC. The election highlights the American Club’s continuing growth in China in particular and Asia in general, supported by its Shanghai office which it opened in 2007. Servet Yardimci of the Yardimci Group, Istanbul, retired from the board, having been first elected a director in 2000. At the following board meeting, J.

21 Jun 2013

American Club Reports Progress in 2012

The American Club reported solid progress on several fronts at the annual meeting of its members held in New York. Despite many challenges, including those intrinsic in a struggling maritime sector hampered by anemic growth in global trade, the club made progress in many areas during 2012 and has started 2013 on a positive note. Income came under pressure during the first half of 2012 as the retirement of older, higher-rated vessels and their replacement by newer, lower-rated ships, caused a reduction both in rates per ton and overall revenue by comparison with the position 12 months earlier. While retained claims developed within expectations…

18 Feb 2013

American P&I Club Recruits Two Key Managers

Colin Snell: Photo credit SCB

Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc., American P&I Club managers, make appointments in underwriting and survey, & technical departments. Colin Snell has been recruited to SCB’s underwriting department to support the club’s European and North American business. An English lawyer by training, Colin has extensive experience in P&I, having earlier occupied senior positions with other major International Group P&I Clubs in London and New York. As vice president, working closely with Stuart Todd and his colleagues…

27 Jan 2012

American Club has New Principal Surveyor

John Poulson, vice president, principal surveyor

John Poulson Rejoins Management Team. Well-known surveyor John Poulson, a highly-experienced former mariner, is rejoining the American P&I Club’s management team on February 1 as vice president, principal surveyor and head of the survey and technical department. He worked with the club’s managers for several years in the middle of the last decade before moving to GL Noble Denton (as it is now), New York, where he had oversight and responsibility for that company’s operations throughout the Americas.

23 Nov 2011

American Club Seeks Premium Hike

The American Club is seeking a 5% increase in all classes of premium (mutual and fixed-premium) for both P&I and FD&D for the 2012 policy year that starts on February 20 next. This was decided by the directors when they met in New York. There is no expectation of any unbudgeted supplementary calls for any open year. However, the directors ordered the levying of the 25% supplementary call, as originally forecast, for 2011, for both mutual P&I (Class I) and FD&D (Class II) entries. The release call for the year will remain at 25% over and above the supplementary call. Last week, it was announced that S&P had raised its counterparty credit and financial strength rating on the American Club a full notch to BB+, with a stable outlook, from BB.

01 Sep 2011

American Club Strengthens NY-Based Underwriting Team

Chris Hall

Recruitment of Asian Specialist. In a move to add extra underwriting expertise to its New York team and further enhance its growing presence in Asia, the American P&I Club’s managers have recruited a well-known Asian specialist. Chris Hall joins Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., New York, on September 1. He will be vice president – underwriting, reporting to Stuart Todd as head of underwriting in this capacity. Hall has worked in Singapore and Hong Kong with the Skuld Club since 1999 when he joined its Hong Kong office. Latterly, in Hong Kong, he was vice president, marketing, and senior lawyer.

20 Nov 2003

American Club Sets 17.5 Percent General Increase in P&I Rates

The American P&I Club has announced a general increase of 17.5% in total premium for its P&I business for the 2004/2005 policy year following a meeting of the directors in Copenhagen. Any increase in the cost of the International Group’s reinsurance programme, which has not yet been determined, will also apply. As usual, and in line with other mutual clubs, individual members’ premium ratings will be adjusted in accordance with their loss records. Another decision by the directors means that the advance call will equate to 100% of estimated total premium. This compares with a 2003 policy year advance call of 83% of estimated total premium. The club’s general increase for its freight, demurrage and defence (FD&D) business is 10% for 2004.

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