SiriusPoint adds Maddie Morris to Marine & Energy London team

Bermuda-headquartered, New York-listed global specialty re/insurer SiriusPoint, which operates Lloyd’s Syndicate 1945, has appointed Maddie Morris as Underwriter, Energy & Marine Liability, effective February 1st 2023. Ms Morris will be based in London, UK. SiriusPoint noted that Morris was joining from Munich Re Syndicate and brought with her almost a decade of experience in Marine…

Disabled container ship to be towed across Pacific for repairs

Container ship GSL Eleni (IMO 9285677), which suffered a rudder jam on December 29th, was moved to Seattle, Washington State, on January 18th in order to offload containers on board. It was reportedly being planned to tow the ship to China for repairs. Meanwhile the rudder was locked in position. The vessel had left Vancouver,…

Poseidon Principles issues first annual report

The Poseidon Principles for Marine Insurance (PPMI) has issued its first annual report, disclosing the climate alignment of leading marine insurers’ hull and machinery portfolios. In the report, PPMI signatories publish data gathered from their clients to track the climate impact of their hull and machinery insurance portfolios. The goal is to enhance transparency and…

New app for evidence gathering from North

North P&I Club has launched a mobile app which it said would make easier the gathering of evidence. It said that the app would make the collecting of evidence on incidents faster, easier and more accurate, while enhancing reporting consistency in future claims. “The MRCE Handbook” app from North (compatible with Android, iPhones and Windows…

Silver nitrate testing of cargo holds for carriage of steel cargoes

American Club has noted that silver nitrate testing for the presence of sodium chloride (salt) in cargo holds prior to loading was an important practice to prevent claims for damage to steel cargoes. The Club emphasized that, as part of the standard pre-load survey for transporting steel cargoes, “vessel cargo hold tank tops, adjacent sides,…

New probe into 1994 sinking of the Estonia reveals construction flaws

Officials have said that a new investigation into the sinking of the ferry Estonia in the Baltic Sea in 1994, which claimed 852 lives, had revealed flaws in its bow visor construction that had been missed during its certification. They said that if the examination had been carried out the Estonia-registered ship would not have…

Freeport LNG says Texas plant repairs completed

Houston-based Freeport LNG has said that its plant repairs have been completed, seven months after an explosion took the facility out of production. It is now seeking regulatory approval to take the first steps in restarting operations. With such approval, the facility said that it would be able to resume shipping LNG by early February,…

Closing of Strait of Hormuz on Iranian parliament’s agenda

After the European Parliament on Wednesday January 18th adopted an amendment calling on the EU and its member states to include Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on their terror list, Mohammad Hassan Asfari, Vice Chairman of the Internal Affairs and Councils Commission in the Iranian Parliament, said on Monday January 23rd that such actions…

Movement of Ukrainian seaborne grain recovers

Seaborne Ukrainian grain flows via the Black Sea increased during the week January 16th to 22nd, with volumes up 82% week-on-week to 893,874 tonnes. Also increasing was the average cargo size, which was now trending at the highest levels since the start of the safe passage agreement in July 2022, according to an analysis of…