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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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Thomas Miller Acquires Brookes Bell

Photo: Thomas Miller

UK-based international provider of insurance services Thomas Miller has acquired international marine consultancy business Brookes Bell for an undisclosed sum. Brookes Bell is a marine technical and surveying consultancy with offices in Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. It has served the marine and energy industries since 1903, providing specialist services in areas including emergency response, casualty investigation, salvage and wreck removal operations, scientific cargo expertise, forensic engineering and expert witness services.

Carter Assumes Role As COO

Mark Carter has returned from the Thomas Miller Hong Kong office to assume his new role as COO in London, at the forefront of the service company behind the hull insurance syndicate launched last July by Thomas Miller, Chartwell and Swiss Re.

News: Admiral Loy, Grace Allen Receive Silver Bell Honors

Some of the industry's biggest players and supporters were present to honor Admiral James Loy and Grace Allen at the 26th Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner on June 17 at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Also recognized, was John J. McMullen, renowned naval architect and marine engineer, and former CEO of United States Lines, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The event, which is one of the industry's top social and philanthropic events of the season, drew a record 954 guests, and raised more than $550,000 for the Seamen's Church Institute of New York & New Jersey. "We are grateful for the support of the maritime industry and our friends," said the Rev. Dr. Jean R. Smith, SCI's Executive Director.

Admiral Loy, Grace Allen Receive Silver Bell Honors

Some of the industry's biggest players and supporters were present to honor Admiral James Loy and Grace Allen at the 26th Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner on June 17 at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Also recognized, was John J. McMullen, renowned naval architect and marine engineer, and former CEO of United States Lines, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The event, which is one of the industry's top social and philanthropic events of the season, drew a record 954 guests, and raised more than $550,000 for the Seamen's Church Institute of New York & New Jersey. "We are grateful for the support of the maritime industry and our friends," said the Rev. Dr. Jean R. Smith, SCI's Executive Director. Richard T.

Date Set for Fifth Iridium NEXT Launch

Iridium Communications Inc. announced that the fifth Iridium NEXT launch has been targeted by SpaceX for March 18, 2018 at 8:19 a.m. PDT from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The first of four launches planned for 2018, Iridium-5 will deliver 10 more Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit, bringing the total number of new satellites deployed to 50. This launch will use the same Falcon 9 first stage as the Iridium-3 launch that took place in October 2017 and begin a rapid-cadence launch schedule targeting completion of the Iridium manifest by mid-2018. "We are entering the home stretch," said Matt Desch, chief executive officer, at Iridium. "This is going to be a monumental year for us as we complete our constellation refresh.

It’s Electric: Charging Asia’s First E-ferry

(Photo: Cavotec)

Innovative charging technologies connect Asia’s first e-ferry to electrical power, eliminating emissions and dramatically reducing operating costs. The retrofitted passenger ferry, which operates between the island of Cijian and the port of Kaohsiung in Taiwan and that entered service last year, is fully electrically powered. This follows the introduction of a hybrid ferry earlier in 2017. The charging solution was supplied by Swiss based engineering firm Cavotec, who said the technology ensures safe, fast and efficient connection of the ferry to electrical power at the Kaohsiung berth.

Miller to Christen New Cutter at Marinette Marine

Marinette Marine Corporation, a division of Manitowoc Marine Group, is scheduled to launch the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock (WLB-214) on Saturday, January 25, at its shipyard located on the Menominee River in Marinette, Wis. Class seagoing buoy tenders being built by Marinette Marine Corporation. navigation. response, and domestic ice-breaking duties. Time. The Honorable Candice Miller, U.S. sophisticated vessel. spectacular side launch of the vessel into the Menominee River. The USCGC Hollyhock is a 225-ft. from Port Huron, Michigan, under the command of Lt. Michael McBrady. Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico. distinguished buoy tender. Guard cutter that served the United States from 1937 through 1982. City, Mich., on March 25, 1937. fleet serving the U.S.

LR Debuts Marine Fire Safety Pocket Checklist

Lloyd’s Register, in conjunction with the P&I Club, has produced the Marine Fire Safety Pocket Checklist to help reduce incidents at sea and the risk of Port State Control (PSC) detentions. Lloyd’s Register and the UK Club have analysed deficiencies found by PSC inspectors in ports worldwide over the three-year period. They have related these to their own experienced observations and developed a reusable checklist to help crew members pre-empt and manage the risk of fire more effectively. The booklet was launched at Thomas Miller P&I’s offices in on May 26.  

Chris Brown to join Miller's

Christopher Brown, formerly Claims Director for Gard, will bring his experience to the UK P&I Club when he joins managers Thomas Miller on August 1. Mr. Brown, 40, trained and qualified as a maritime lawyer in the United States. A Norwegian speaker, he has been with Gard since 1989 and was stationed at its Hong Kong office after 1997. Brown leaves Norway for family reasons and is greatly looking forward to working for the world's largest P&I club. He will spend a year in Miller's London office before transferring to Thomas Miller (Asia Pacific) in Hong Kong as Claims Director for Asia, where he will focus particularly on China.

Crowley Promotes Miller

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that Mark Miller has been promoted to director of corporate communications with responsibility for internal communications, media relations, advertising and marketing communications for the corporation and its subsidiaries and business units operating around the world. Miller joined Crowley in April 1995 as manager of public relations and advertising for the corporation’s Jacksonville-based container shipping subsidiary, Crowley Liner Services. In April 2000, he was promoted to manager of corporate communications with similar job responsibilities but supporting all of Crowley’s business units. As director, miller will remain in Jacksonville and continue to report to Susan Rodgers, Crowley’s vice president of human resources.

China Delegation Visits UK P&I Club

Presentation Ceremony: Photo credit Thomas Miller

A delegation from Xiamen, China accompanied by the CEO of COSCO UK visit the London offices of Thomas Miller. The purpose of the visit by the delegation was to understand more of the shipping/insurance sectors in London and to foster good relations. The six-person Xiamen delegation was headed by its Vice Major, Mr Kang Tao together with Simon Yang (Shicheng), the CEO of COSCO UK. Xiamen is the second largest city in the Fujian province of China with a population of 4 million, and is the eighth largest container port in China and eighteenth in the world.

Former Thomas Miller Partner Passes Away

Frank Ledwith, a former Thomas Miller partner, who was a major international figure in P&I insurance, has died at the age of 94. Ledwith's 48-year career was spent entirely with Millers in the service of the U.K. P&I, U.K. Defence, U.K. War Risks, Hellenic War Risks and Through Transport mutual clubs. Ledwith joined Millers in 1924 as a 17-year-old junior clerk. He quickly established himself as a first rate negotiator and a leading light in U.K. Club as it expanded under Dawson Miller. During WWII, the U.K. War Insurance Scheme necessitated Millers maintaining a presence in the City of London throughout the bombing. Ledwith played a major role in administering the scheme, which dealt with the loss of hundreds of British and British Empire ships.

Swiss Re To Launch Joint Lloyd''s Hull Insurer

Swiss Re, Lloyd's underwriter Chartwell Re and marine mutual insurance manager Thomas Miller are reportedly setting up a new joint venture marine insurance syndicate at Lloyd's.

Thomas Miller Strengthens Asia Pacific Regional Office

Andrew Jones has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Miller (Asia Pacific) Ltd with effect from April 2013. He will be responsible for providing services to all Thomas Miller’s managed Clubs in the region, particularly the UK P&I, the TT, the UK Defence, and ITIC. Andrew brings more than twenty years experience of P&I management and claims experience to the Hong Kong team. A law graduate, he joined Thomas Miller’s London office in 1991 specializing in handling personal injury and other people claims, taking the leadership of the UK P&I Club’s specialist people claims syndicate in 1999. In 2004, Andrew was appointed Operations Director for P&I in Europe and subsequently Chief Operating Officer of Thomas Miller P&I Ltd in 2007.

Miller Expands Metal Cutting Offering

Photo: Miller Electric

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. announced that it has consolidated the Smith Equipment oxy-fuel cutting equipment product line under the Miller brand. The consolidation expands the current Miller metal cutting offering, which includes a variety of portable plasma cutting packages. The oxy-fuel product line will continue to be manufactured in Watertown, S.D., to the same high quality standards. The only difference is that the name on the product will change to Miller, the company said.

Miller Rejoins TITAN as Salvage Master

Capt. Miller is an unlimited master with decades of marine experience, including previous work for TITAN as a salvage master. (Photo courtesy of TITAN Salvage)

Captain Stuart Miller has rejoined Crowley Maritime Corporation’s TITAN Salvage operations team as salvage master, bringing with him over 30 years of worldwide, hands-on maritime and salvage experience. Capt. Miller will be based in the United States, but will deploy worldwide for salvage, wreck removal and other emergency response operations. “TITAN Salvage is pleased to welcome Capt. Stuart Miller back home to our operations team,” said Chris Peterson, vice president. “Capt. Capt.

Devin Names New U.S. Sales Manager

Trey Miller III

Devin International (Devin), a subsidiary of Greene’s Energy Group, has named J.H. (Trey) Miller III, U.S. sales manager, announced General Manager Joe Miller. Based in Houston, Miller will lead and manage a technical sales team covering seven U.S. domestic areas. Focusing on the main disciplines of Devin International, Miller will mentor the sales team in developing customer solutions for well intervention equipment and services and specialty motion compensation packages. Prior to his promotion, Miller worked as a technical sales specialist for three years.

LNG: Gas Demand Drives Investment

A bright future is forecast for the LNG industry, as long-term gas demand drives major investment in global LNG facilities. A new report from energy business advisors, Douglas-Westwood (DW), predicts the Pacific basin will be the main contributor to a ten year global investment high of $26 billion per annum by 2015. The report is being launched this week at the 6th FLNG Asia Pacific Summit, Singapore and the 5th Annual Gas Storage Conference, London, with presentations by Jason Waldie and Joseph Dutton. “Last year saw recovery in LNG demand, led by Asian consumers. China, in particular, has seen its LNG demand grow from 1 bcm in 2006 to around 13 bcm today. LNG imports to Western European and Latin American countries have also increased.

Miller to Spearhead Delta T Complete HVAC

Bob Miller

Delta T Systems announced the appointment of HVAC veteran Bob Miller to its staff. In his role as HVAC specialist of the new Delta T Complete vessel ventilation program, Miller's goal is to set a new benchmark of reliability in marine heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and to spearhead the HVAC portion of the new Delta T Complete program, which the company said was formed to offer boatbuilders a one-stop shop for all of their vessels' ventilation requirements, including engine room ventilation, HVAC, galley and head ventilation and unmanned space ventilation.

Thomas Miller Acquires Marine Law Firm

Peter Jackson, Head of TM Law

Thomas Miller the international insurance, professional and insurance services provider announces the acquisition of the partners and staff of specialist marine law firm, Davies Johnson & Co of Plymouth. The acquisition brings an additional six fee earners to the Thomas Miller Law Ltd (TM Law) team. The firm will operate from Plymouth and London in addition to TM Law’s main office in Newcastle, where it forms part of the Group’s claims handling and risk management consultancy business.

Foster Miller Wins $1m Coast Guard Contract

Boston Business Journal has reported that Foster Miller, based in Waltham, Mass., will work with a Vermont firm on a so-called "boat trap" system. The company said in a release that the boat trap is a ballistic net that can be dropped from a helicopter to ensnare the propeller of the target boat. The system can be used when bullets and shells pose a threat to bystanders and noncombatants in crowded harbors, the company said. Source: Boston Business Journal

Peter Wright Retires from Millers

1997, has retired after 40 years' service with the organization. P&I and U.K. Defense clubs. University and was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) the following year. Son partnership in 1970. Wright ran the U.K. Defense Club management in the early 1980s. invasion of Kuwait and the Gulf War in 1991. Piraeus office. correspondent. activity.

Thomas Miller Awards Robin Travis Scholarship

Tobias Rennekamp

The UK P&I Club one of the leading shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurers,  has awarded Tobias Rennekamp the  Robin Travis Scholar for 2015. Tobias will spend three months in the Thomas Miller London office and the offices of selected lawyers, surveyors, insurance brokers and other shipping, transport and insurance businesses. Tobias is currently an Assistant Operations Officer at Liberty One Shipmanagement GmbH & Co KG in Bremen and is actively involved in all aspects of managing its fleet of handy size bulk carriers.

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