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Sunday, December 15, 2019

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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.

Interview: Boriana Farrar, Ship Owners Claims Bureau

, previously serving as a board member and currently serving as Vice Chair of the International Conventions Committee. “As a ‘recovering lawyer,’ being part of this wonderful legal community is important for me,” she said. Finally, she serves on the board of MICA – Marine Insurance and Claims Association, “a really a wonderful organization as to promoting the insurance industry, which is important. Without insurance, we know, many companies can’t function.”SCI Mountain Challenge teammates (L to R): Boriana Farrar, Jeanne Grasso and Blythe Daly from WISTA

New Online Marine License Insurance Program

the new Marine License Insurance Program from 360 Coverage Pros, United States Coast Guard licensed mariners can put affordable, "A+" rated coverage in place in minutes, not days.For more information visit https://www.360coveragepros.com/marine-license-insurance“Before I entered the marine insurance industry, I myself was a licensed mariner and continue to maintain my license today,” says Brian Murphy, Senior Vice President and Head of Marine at Berkley Offshore Underwriting Managers.  “In today’s increasingly litigious society, I see this product as an important

Parker Harrison was named Crowley Maritime's SVP of procurement and risk management. (Photo: Crowley Maritime)

Crowley Promotes Harrison

;s business lines; allocation of insurance cost and administration/management of the claim, insurance and contract review/approval processes while also overseeing all procurement for the corporation.Harrison joined Crowley in 2013 from Shipowners Claims Bureau in New York where she gained relevant marine insurance experience and managed employees across four offices worldwide.

Dorothea Ioannou (Photo: The American Club)

American P&I Club Manager Prepares for Further Growth

both among the Club's membership and within the broader maritime community, Ioannou joined the Managers in 2005 on the opening of the Piraeus office for which she has had chief responsibility for the last decade, part of her twenty-years' experience across a variety of disciplines in the marine insurance sector. A New York-qualified lawyer, Ioannou has been responsible in recent years for the Club's global business development initiatives, and was last year honored with the Lloyd's List Next Generation in Shipping Award.Arpad Kadi assumes the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Siiri Duddington (Photo: Hill Dickinson)

Hill Dickinson Hires Duddington as Partner

advising on a wide range of dry shipping, trade and insurance litigation, acting principally for owners, charterers, P&I clubs, traders and insurers.   Siiri has extensive experience in commercial contracts disputes involving charterparty, bill of lading, MOA, COA, pooling agreements, marine insurance and sale contracts, as well as shipbuilding and rig disputes. She is regularly involved in running large-scale litigation and arbitration, often with multi-jurisdictional issues. Siiri has particular expertise in insurance coverage disputes, largely acting for P&I clubs and insurers.  

Tom Burdass (Photo: Hill Dickinson)

Hill Dickinson Appoints Burdass as Legal Director

experience. Burdass has also acted in a variety of wet shipping matters.   He advises on all aspects of disputes arising from charterparties, bills of lading, pool agreements, MOAs and other commercial shipping contracts. He also has experience advising on towage, general average, salvage and marine insurance issues.   Burdass will work closely with his former colleague and one of CJC’s founding partners, Julian Clark, who was appointed as Hill Dickinson’s global head of shipping earlier this year

Gustaf Kristiansson (Photo: Markel International)

Markel International Appoints Kristiansson in Singapore

Markel International Singapore, the specialist insurer, has appointed Gustaf Kristiansson as marine underwriter based in Singapore.   Kristiansson joins the Singapore office from Markel International’s Sweden office where he held the same position. Prior to that, he was located in Dubai, UAE working for Gulf Agency Co., an international shipping logistics and marine services company. Kristiansson brings with him more than 10 years of shipping and marine insurance experience.    

In August 2015 General Dynamics NASSCO launched Perla del Caribe, the second ship in a series of natural gas powered containerships for TOTE (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

US Shipyards: Building for America, Jobs for Americans

Transportation or the Maritime Administration.     The Author Owen Doherty is the Associate Administrator for Business and Finance Development. Offices under his portfolio manage the Federal Ship Financing program, Capital Construction Fund, Capital Reserve Fund, Small Shipyard grants, Marine Insurance, and Fair and Reasonable Rate determinations.     (As published in the April 2017 edition of Marine News

Graeme Temple  (Photo: BraemarSA)

Traditional Training to Counter the Over-reliance on Technology

Addressing delegates at the 4th Asian Marine Insurance Conference, BraemarSA’s Far-East Regional Director, Graeme Temple spoke of the root causes of machinery damage, citing a lack of focus on traditional training as a major concern. Speaking at the conference, Mr Temple said: “The rising number of crew errors is a concern to me, but I believe this can be addressed with the right training and commitment. Too often, we see the use of technology increasing at a faster rate than the employment of traditional training. This puts human vigilance and interaction in jeopardy.   “We

Thomas Brown (Photo: Seacurus)

Seacurus: Yachting Sector Seafarers Need Attention

Specialist marine insurance intermediary Seacurus has called for more flag states to establish a process of compulsory registration for all providers of Seafarer Recruitment and Placement Service (SPRS) in the yachting sector.   Thomas Brown, managing director of Seacurus, says, “More countries need to follow the initiatives shown by the likes of the UK MCA and France, with the latter making company registration compulsory for SRPSs in the yachting sector. The measures introduced by the French authorities, for example, provide positive clarification for all seafarers placed on board

Nick Sheperd (Photo: Wikborg Rein)

Wikborg Rein Bolsters London Team

(MAngeliki Frangou); Alpha Bulkers / Pantheon Tankers ( Anna Angelicoussi); and Marmaras Navigation / Delta Tankers (Diamantis Diamantides). Shepherd’s practice spans a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work, including charter parties, drilling contracts, logistics, casualties, marine insurance, sale and purchase, shipbuilding and ship arrest. Shepherd regularly acts as lead counsel for groups of owners on key industry issues; most recently he spearheaded the owners’ response to the OW Bunker collapse, taking the industry test case from arbitration through to the U.K. Supreme

Photo courtesy of IRClass

IRClass Academy Focuses on Maritime Professional Development

course featured in-depth interaction with subject matter experts and practising managers from the industry that included the CEO of Indian operations of a global company owning bulk carriers, and the Technical Directors and Heads of Chartering from leading Indian shipping companies, and a well-known Marine Insurance Consultant.   Faculty from IRClass comprised senior surveyors to Chief Surveyors, who shared their knowledge and experience with the trainees and covered a host of field examples relating to critical areas such as advance planning and preparations for various surveys, estimation of steel

XL Catlin Promotes Chief Underwriting Officer, Marine

.    According to Meyrick, “Under Rich’s leadership, we expanded our team in North America and created a comprehensive portfolio of Bluewater and Brownwater Hull, Cargo, Primary and Excess Marine Liability, and Recreational Marine coverages, as well as a full suite of Inland Marine insurance solutions.  During his tenure, he recruited some of our industry’s top marine underwriting talent -- Anne Marie among them. She has been invaluable in driving our strategy for Inland Marine and I know she will exercise that same drive and determination to help profitably grow our

Left to right: senior lecturer Paul Stott, top MSc graduate Cvetan Belchev and professor John Mangan (Photo: North P&I Club)

North P&I Club Awards Marine Technology Students

Offshore Engineering degree course this summer, was awarded a scholarship from North to support his place on the 2015/16 MSc program. Bradley Scott, currently in the final year of the same degree course, also received a scholarship. The scholarships are for students wishing to pursue a career in marine insurance or who have a relevant dissertation topic

Dan March (Photo: WCA)

WCA Announces Leadership Changes

.   James Barnhart, a fully qualified CPA with a successful 40-year history in the logistics business, helped build WCA in his previous role as VP Finance and will now act as Company Treasurer.   Philip Bilney is Group Chief Executive of FP Marine Risks – Asia’s premier marine insurance broker. Bilney began his career in marine insurance at Lloyd’s of London and has worked in Asia since 1990.   Eric Fady, based in London, has fulfilled senior finance executive positions for a range of global insurance, banking and business information companies and was most recently

Parker Harrison (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Promotes VP of Procurement

, Louisiana and New Jersey, with additional support provided by personnel in El Salvador. She will remain based in Jacksonville and report to John Calvin, senior vice president and controller.    Harrison joined Crowley in 2013 from Shipowners Claims Bureau in New York where she gained marine insurance experience and managed employees across four offices worldwide. While at Crowley, Harrison supported the company’s growing ship management business with claims management, and led the risk management and mitigation for the Ebola relief project (Operation United Assistance) as well as the

H. Elder Brown (Photo: FGH)

Fidelis Group Holdings Opens NY Office

Fidelis Group Holdings, LLC (FGH) with its subsidiary company Continental Underwriters, Ltd. (CUL), a National Marine Insurance coverage and service company, opened its new flagship office located in Lower Manhattan, New York.   H. Elder Brown, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of FGH commented, "We have been able to continue our growth pattern during these tough market conditions principally due to our proven business model and discerning hiring practices.  Our expanding platform and group of insurance professionals give us a clear advantage over our competition which is

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