Παρασκευή, 17 Ιουνίου 2016


Dry bulk shipping is hit hard, with negative freight rates, the last seven years - with some corrections, which couldn’t resist the downward market spiral for too long - 

The negative revenues you experience, in dry bulk shipping, necessitate now, more than ever before, the search for solutions in cutting down vessels’ daily running expenses, as it is undisputedly a matter of survival.
Insurance premium, as major cost in vessels’ daily running expenses, can be bettered – by many companies - without risking the security and sentiment of assurance provided to you.

Undoubtedly it is a necessity, for you too, this period of uncertainty to save in costs by reducing:

a. Economic risks, and
b. Insurance premium.

Marasco Marine Ltd, provides specialized marine insurance services, management of risks, and claims management, with resourceful tailor made insurance policies, to the International Shipping community, SINCE 1991.

You, might also wish to cut costs, and you are probably in the look out to achieve savings overall, although, you might also feel, that things will improve, remaining thus undecided on which is the best course of action you should take and, when.

Experience has proven us, throughout the years that the best time is NOW. Why? Procrastination has a cost. It has an impact on your vessels’ and company’s ability to overcome and survive, long term losses, which tend to accumulate, drying up a company’s cash flow ability, (which is fundamental), in a cutting throat market like the one we are experiencing, today.

Please, don’t hesitate to contact us. Call us at +30 210 4180 000 or e mail us at: info@marasco-marine.com and ask our professional input on, how you can save money in your insurance expenses.

Marasco Marine Ltd.
+30 210 4180 000
+30 6945 590 744

Δευτέρα, 4 Μαΐου 2015


                                              Article by Anastasios Maraslis
                                               (Marine Insurance Broker since 1983)

Shipping cargo, port to port via sea routes, is a risky business.

Once your cargo is out of your custody, you are relying on the experience and expertise of the people loading your cargo, transporting it and delivering it.

This is why it is critically important to have proper cargo insurance coverage.

Many businesses have made the mistake of not having enough coverage or overlooking the specifics of their cargo insurance contracts. Either of these can be disastrous to your profitability and long term existence.

Water ingress in cargo holds, loading or discharging operations can cause cargo damage and cargo going overboard are just few risks to mention. There are also risks associated by shipping via air, shipping via rail, or even sending your goods across country on a truck. Goods get lost, stolen and damaged.

As cargo owner/receiver make sure that you have properly covered all potential risks your cargo is exposed to and if it is worthwhile paying a little more for a broader cargo policy.

Recognize that the cheapest cargo insurance policy is not necessarily going to be the best choice.

Ask yourself, “Am I willing to have less coverage and gamble that my valuable cargo will arrive intact and safely? If you are in business to stay in business, you need to select excellent coverage with cost being a secondary factor.

Standard ‘all-risks’ cargo insurance policies may not respond to losses arising from various types of VIOLENT UNREST.

Traditional cargo insurance policies typically exclude certain losses, such as those arising from civil war, insurrection, rebellion and terrorism for goods in store. Meanwhile, political violence policies, which typically respond to these types of risk, usually exclude transit exposures and cover fixed assets rather than stock.

Marasco Marine, since 1991 has the expertise and exact policy wordings to protect cargo in transit and in store against all types of political violence, terrorism and war risks.

The definition of violent acts is open to interpretation. The violence in Syria, for example, has been inconsistently reported as a civil war, a rebellion, and an insurrection. And yet how these events are defined has a critical bearing on whether or not insurance policies will respond.”

Marasco Marine can cover all your cargo exposures, regardless of whether that cargo is on land or at sea, in transit or in store.

Ask for Marasco Marine quotation by sending us your request at:

Piraeus, Greece
+30 210 4180 000  tel. (ext.103)
+30 210 4529505   fax.

Πέμπτη, 6 Νοεμβρίου 2014

RE; 2015/'16 -P&I Renewals Insurance – 10% premium discount.

RE; P&I Renewals Insurance – 10% minimum premium discount.

- How could you improve your operating expenses?

- Is P&I premium contributions a major operating expense which could be   
  significantly decreased and how?

Well, yes, for certain cases/shipowners/ship operators which fall under the here below described ship managers/shipowners category;

The smaller size vessels ship operators/ship owners (typically below 10,000 GT, operating inland, offshore, coastal or limited range trades.)

Many International insurance specialists, like MM (Marasco Marine Ltd), think alike and agree that the bigger size vessels which trade world wide represent an entirely different risk profile when compared with the smaller size tonnage which is operated within limited trading areas and that there are key differences which necessitate different approach and solutions.

The fixed P&I market is viewed as a dynamic marketplace, with aggressive competition, without IGA (International Group Agreement) constraints which unfairly restrict shipowners from looking opportunities for a better P&I deal.

Thus, the Shipowners' interest for fixed premium P&I has broadened in the last five years as there is more A- rated insurers’ capacity and more competition than ever before.

MM (Marasco Marine Ltd) has access to over twenty- five fixed premium P&I insurers for smaller size and vintage tonnage, which operates within limited trading areas.

The total fixed P&I market sector generates an annual premium of USD 350 million approximately.

The fixed P&I rates have continued to fall annually for the last five consecutive years.

MM indicates that diversification will affect P&I Managers profitability but will significantly benefit shipowners premium expenses and will improve their OPEX overall! 

So far MM experience is showing that small medium size shipowners running fleets of 2-4 vessels are the big losers who cannot afford to compete with the larger competitors who operate 30-50 vessels of various sizes and in various trading areas taking advantage the economies of scale due to their volume.

Nowadays eleven of the thirteen IG P&I Clubs (or Club Managers) offer a fixed premium alternative! North Group, is another re-branded player to fixed premium market.

MM anticipates that average market rate per GT will continue to fall in 2015/16 and believes that will be able to secure a 10% discount ratio to its clientele and new acquired business.

P&I is a service which can be structured on a tailor made basis on affordable premium costs especially in difficult times like the one we experience nowadays.

Sincerely yours.

Anastasios Maraslis
+30 6945 590 744


Σάββατο, 28 Ιουνίου 2014


It is a truth universally acknowledged (well-in the business world at least!) that insurance is a necessary instrument for covering physical and financial risks exposure. Providing security for one’s or a company's assets and peace of mind.

Insurance contracts or as broadly known insurance policies are full of technicalities and clauses which only well versed and experienced insurance specialists could understand and construct.

Yacht-Hull & Machinery - private pleasure, bare boat charter or skipper charter- is one of the most highly sophisticated types of insurance sectors ( MARINE RISKS) in terms & conditions, but more importantly in clauses interpretation by different parties and sides, arising often in disputes, in a case of accident/damage and eventually a claim.

In such a case no one wouldn’t be more disturbed than the asset owner who, when was applying for insurance, had an ideal scene-situation in his or her mind.

Usually the asset owners (private or company) are frivolous in choosing their placing broker by checking who’s the cheapest!

We all know that this is the toughest part of an insurance process, that is when one has to make a decision about ‘spending’ money in premium!

This is an ‘out point’ and inclination from a reasonable decision process. Why? PREMIUM paid for an insurance policy IS NOT AN EXPENSE!


By investing so little (sometimes in arrears even) you are benefited with Millions of euros or usd in cover from the day one which are securitised in the form of policy ( a legal document) where funds are activated and paid to the nominated beneficiary in case of loss.

How careful one should be when investing in millions of euros/usd? Very.

How careful one should be in choosing a skilful and experienced professional to analyse the risks, to customise terms and built word by word, clause by clause an enforceable and undisputable policy in case of damage or loss?

This is of a great importance reason why you should MAKE YOUR MOVE TO US, to Marasco Marine which is an international insurance consultant-risk management company providing tailor made and specialised isnurance service to prudent yacht (motor/sailing), cruise ship, commercial vessel, owners.

Marasco Marine has a rich track record of satisfied policy owners and millions of usd and euros in claims paid since MM (Marasco Marine) was established in 1991.

If you are not looking for the cheapest but the most valuable and economical make your move to us, today!

We will welcome you with a surprise present!

Kind regards
Anastasios A. Maraslis

3, Voudouri str.,
Marina Zea, 185 37
Piraeus, Greece
+30 210 4529500 tel. (ext.101)
+30 210 4529505 fax.

Τετάρτη, 2 Απριλίου 2014

'80% of accidents are caused by human error.' - Admiral Sir N. Hunt.

Since the 1970s, maritime casualties have occurred to oil tankers, bulk carriers, general cargo vessels and passenger ships.
These casualties have been met by the International shipping community with great astonishment and they have shown solitude for the establishment and implementation of the International Conventions and regulations.

Since then the International community and the maritime industry have studied the issue and recognised that the great majority of maritime casualties and accidents were due to human error.

However casualties continue to happen very often and raise great concern and doubts in public opinion.

There is a growing realization in the world shipping community that the qualifications of the seafarers manning the world fleet is the single most important issue in achieving higher safety standards on board ships.

Considering a significant number of casualties at sea occurred lately and researches by P & I Clubs, Classification Societies and Hull Underwriters, into the causes of accidents have established that approximately
as much as 80 per cent of all accidents are the result of human error.

Statistics reports from 1999-2009 show that human error was responsible for 50% of pollution, 65% of personal injuries, 80% of property damages, 90% of collisions and 50% of cargo claims (all figures about).
The causes found were: lack of knowledge and experience, overconfidence, recklessness in responding to commercial pressures, fatigue (related mainly to collisions), discomfort, boredom, anger, unhappiness,
illness, confusion and lack of adequate communication.

Therefore a reduction in the human error ratio would result in considerable improvement in the safety of ships, lives at sea and to the economy of the Shipping Industry and specifically to the ship operator.
The need and the importance of loss prevention is undisputed and can be achieved through crew training and careful selection of seamen.

Despite the fact that accidents % can be decreased, but not eliminated, and illnesses will continune to impose to seafarers a threat the financial losses resulted from can be recoverable from the vessel Ship Managers or Crew Managers (depending who hires the crew members).
Marasco Marine Ltd.
Anastasios A. Maraslis
Marine Insurance Broker Since 1983.
3, Voudouri str.,
Marina Zea, 185 37
Piraeus, Greece
+30 210 4529500 tel.
+30 210 4529505 fax.
+30 6945 590744 Mob.

Τρίτη, 18 Μαρτίου 2014


The cyclicality of shipping business is forcing, during its low periods, many unprepared companies to step out of the business game and left others wounded. It’s a challenge!

In every challenge those who are fittest and better armoured have a better chance to survive or win.

In 1991 the BDI and the freight market condition was about at the same levels as it is today.

Shipowners were again challenged by low freight rates, cutting throat competition, oversupply of tonnage and lack of ship finance.

Since 1991, Marasco Marine provides light to carry (reduced cost) but strong (efficient), armours which enable our clients to cope and last longer challenging - battle - periods, at logical, tailor made costs.

Twenty three years is the time we sharpen our skills confronting new challenges, every day, tirelessly, offering well designed Hull & Machinery Policies, Piracy and War risk, P&I, Crew Medical and Health P&I buyback plans, Yacht, Open Cargo Policies, Dangerous cargoes and of course Charterers liabilities, just to mention few of our numerous Marine related risk insurance policies.

Claims for Particular Average, Total loss, General Average etc have been paid diligently with our co coordinated actions and professional advices.

Not all vessels are the same and not all companies have the same needs and risk taking capacity. However sometimes they are treated as such. You see, in our times the tendency is to homogeneous products and homogeneous services.

Consider this. What would better cover your assets from financial losses in case of accident? A usual homogeneous insurance product (policy) or a tailor made Marasco Marine solution? Is your Insurance premium buying the most cover it can buy or buys cover under terms which could be manageable in exchange of a rebate?

The challenge is yours but you don’t have to confront it alone.

Kind regards.

Marasco Marine Ltd.
Anastasios Maraslis
Managing Director.

Tel; +30 210 4180000 (ext.101)
Fax;+30 210 4529505



Κυριακή, 9 Μαρτίου 2014


                         Business Article written by Mr. Anastasios Maraslis
                                         S.T.I.C's CEO/President.
                               MARASCO MARINE's/Managing Director.
Risk Takers. Let’s face it. This is in fact what all investors are.

There is no investment which can bring returns without taking some risk, except one, and that is Knowledge.

This is why Fund Managers, Financial Advisors, Wall Street Gurus are highly remunerated and their annual hefty success bonuses exceed the wildest dreams of most ambitious and well paid executives.

Bonuses flying at the range of few hundred millions us dollars to one or two billion! Investors’ usual critical questions are; Where to invest and When?

Two questions which demand knowledge, expert analysis and wise answers.

Fund Managers and Financial Advisors usually have the knowledge and expertise to know the right answers to these troubleshooting questions.

The last two years they have focused in one of the most profitable but also risky (due to its cyclicality) investment options, which is the Shipping industry!

Shipping has been the talk of the day since 2012 as it is obviously a good investment opportunity, now the freight market and vessels values remain at historical low levels.

This is why Private-equity and hedge funds are accumulating shipping debt at the fastest pace since they began buying the risky loans from banks in 2012.

It can’t be unnoticed that about us$ 5 billion in shipping loans has changed hands in the past year, according to estimates by AMA Capital Partners LLC, a fund manager and adviser in New York.

Investor demand is driving prices as high as 90 cents on the dollar, from 70 to 80 cents a year ago. Funds are betting ship prices that collapsed as much as 80 percent in five years will rebound from historic lows.

Shipping is a tangible and global business.

Investing in Shipping - buying shares in Ship-Owning companies (SVP’s) - is a tax free investment (at fund’s level) and despite the risks involved and asset values depreciation in a bad freight market environment, where the demand for tonnage is low, the vessels always retain part of their value, the scrap value, in case of a distress sale in a catastrophic market or vessel’s age being too old.

Investors in shipping anticipate combining income returns on their investment. One is the income deriving from the trading and vessels management and the other is from the sale and purchase gains, when the assets are liquidated at appreciated prices, in a good freight market, where the demand for tonnage is brisk.

To get a fairly good idea about Shipping investment opportunities we should look at the price of a Capesize - the largest type of dry bulk carrier -which rose 50 percent in the past year to $44.5 million, that is 29 percent of the 2008 peak of $153.8 million.

In view of high profit opportunities new specialized Private-equity firms have been established, like Starfleet Navigation Limited - teamed by highly experienced shipping and investment professionals- which are willing to take ownership of the assets and put it to work while they wait for prices to appreciate.

Having said that it would be an omission not to mention that in view of the optimism prevailing amongst the funds that are buying shipping loans there few that are less familiar with shipping, if not at all, they are newbies and the risks they take might be proven an expensive lesson.