- Claims from the Costa Concordia disaster are set to break through the $2bn (£1.2bn) barrier next year because of difficulties experts have faced salvaging the 114,500-ton liner, insurance experts warned today. The ship capsized off the Italian island of Giglio while carrying 4,229 passengers in January last year, killing 32. Engineers have started removing the wreck, although it is anticipated to take several more months.
Monday, December 30, 2013 - Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced a grand jury returned five indictments charging seven men with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. The men charged are 46-year-old John J. Kurant, Jr., of St. Augustine, 34-year-old Adam Horvit, of Parkland, and 35-year-old Christopher E. Labaire, 47-year-old Greg Wilson, 36-year-old Jerold Wolfe, 47-year-old John Grant, and 45-year-old Scott Coleman all from Jupiter. They each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison if convicted. The Department of Justice says the indictments of Kurant and Labaire cite that Boat U.S. paid out $853,758.33 in insurance proceeds based upon the sham and fraudulent marine insurance claims.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Insurance Journal - Some Bristol Bay, Alaska fishermen have sued over the sinking last June and subsequent salvage of the Lone Star, which they say leaked fuel into the water and brought salmon fishing to an early halt. The fishermen, in a lawsuit filed in state court in Dillingham, claim future fishing seasons are likely to be hurt as well. They also allege negligence in the salvage of the vessel, which they say resulted in salmon waste being spilled into the water and washed ashore, attracting bears that broke into and damaged cabins owned by the fishermen.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Sky News - A Seattle-to-Canada ferry service has said it has had a "wake-up call" after a sex offender allegedly managed to steal one of its boats. Samuel Kenneth McDonough, a homeless man, was arrested by a SWAT team who boarded the Victoria Clipper on Sunday, seven hours after the ship motored away and drifted in Elliott Bay. McDonough was jailed for investigation of burglary, reckless endangerment, malicious mischief and an outstanding warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.
Friday, December 06, 2013
WKMG - A man and woman were injured Tuesday on a cruise ship docked at Port Canaveral, officials said. A trauma alert was issued for a man who apparently suffered a neck injury aboard the Norwegian Breakaway, and a woman in her 70s suffered some type of fracture, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue. Port authority said the man, who worked on the ship, was in his late-20s and that something fell on his head while at sea, injuring his neck. He was airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center.The woman is in stable condition, according to authorities. Norwegian Cruise line officials say the two injuries were unrelated. Passengers say the boat has some slippery areas but they don’t think that the high surf played a factor in the injuries.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Mirror News - Sea Captains battling pirates off the horn of Africa have an unlikely new secret weapon - Britney Spears. The US star’s hits are being blasted at the approaching Somali raiders - because they can’t stand her music. Chart-toppers Baby One More Time and Oops! I Did It Again are the most effective in the war against the Kalashnikov carrying bandits. Rachel Owens, 34, a merchant navy officer on huge super tankers off the east coast of Africa says the music is a really effective way of deterring the pirates and their high-speed skiffs.
Friday, November 01, 2013
CBS Philly - One year ago today, Hurricane Sandy came barreling onto Long Beach Island, bringing death and destruction to parts of central and northern New Jersey as well as New York City and sections of Connecticut. Construction crews are still busy working on homes where owners were either lucky enough to get an insurance check or rich enough to pay on their own. Others, like George Doucette from Media, who owns a bayside home in Ship Bottom, are still waiting. “It’s at a standstill right now. There’s too many if’s, and’s and but’s from the local people and FEMA.”His next door neighbor, Hank Bechler, is living in a trailer now. His home’s been condemned and he’s getting a runaround from his insurer. And he says no one in government will take on the insurance companies.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Hawaii News Now - Matson Inc. is starting to cut checks to businesses hurt by last month’s molasses spill disaster. About a dozen companies have filed claims against the shipping giant after the spill shutdown Keehi Lagoon and much of Honolulu Harbor for nearly two week. One of those companies, Bonefish Honolulu, confirmed that it has resolved its claims. "We’ve settled with Matson so we have something to fall back on if the bookings don’t come through," said Joaquin DeNolfo. DeNolfo and his father Louie "The Fish" DeNolfo book fly fishing tours in Keehi Lagoon. The company said its bookings plummeted after a faulty Matson pipe dumped more than 230,000 gallons of molasses into Honolulu Harbor, killing more than 20,000 fish and untold sea life in the area. The DeNolfos said the terms of the settlement were confidential. Matson did not return calls. The shipping giant has taken responsibility for the spill and has agreed to pay for the clean up costs. But it won’t say if it will pay for damages and penalties arising from its role in the spill. Legal experts say a quick resolution of the civil claims favors Matson.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Daily Mail - Little did they know when this sheet of paper was signed off that the worst case scenario would come true just 15 days later. The original insurance certificate covering the ‘total loss’ of the Titanic for $5million (£3.1million) was revealed today, showing the cover was taken out two weeks before the ship sank in April 1912. And a handwritten amendment at the foot of the policy suggested the ship’s owners only insured the vessel for her sea trials and delivery journey from Belfast to Southampton as an afterthought. The trials were due to take place in March but were delayed, possibly because she was not insured. The Titanic’s parent company, the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, received the full insurance payout within 30 days of the disaster in the Atlantic Ocean that saw 1,512 lives lost.
Friday, October 04, 2013
Reuters - Tropical Storm Karen formed in the southeast Gulf of Mexico on Thursday and took aim at the U.S. coast between Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle, forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Energy companies began evacuating some workers from oil and natural gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday. Data from an Air Force Reserve "hurricane hunter" plane indicate that a disturbance in the Gulf had organized into a tropical storm with winds up to 60 mph, the forecasters said. "Hurricane and tropical storm watches will be issued for portions of the northern Gulf Coast," they said, adding that a full advisory would be issued soon. The storm was moving north-northwest and forecast models showed it hitting the U.S. coast along Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle during the weekend.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
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