American Club Elects Officers And Admits Central Gulf Lines

A.B. Kurz, chairman of the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, commonly known as the American Club, announced at the recent annual meeting that Central Gulf Lines had joined the organization. The addition of Central Gulf as a member brings an additional 454,000 gross tons under the protection and indemnity (P&I) coverage provided by the group. The total tonnage in the group is 3.5 million gross tons. The American Club is the only nonprofit P&I club in the United States. Day-to-day affairs of the club are handled by the staff of the Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., the oldest P&I adjusting and underwriting organization in the United States.

Mr. Kurz, president of Keystone Shipping Co., was reelected chairman of the organization at the meeting. Others reelected were Norman Scott, president of American President Lines, deputy chairman, and John H. Casedy of the Shipowners Claims Bureau, secretary. Louis J. Gusmano of Kirlin, Campbell & Keating was named counsel.

Other directors elected to serve on the board for the coming year included George C. Halstead, Alcoa Steamship Co.; Herbert A. Crompton, Trinidad Corp.; Thomas J. Smith, Farrell Lines; John J. Ervin, Mathiasen's Tanker Industries, Inc.; Carl Swenson, Farrell Lines; John T. DiPalermo, American President Lines; J. Donald Kenny, American President Lines; Sal P. Tarantino, Pacific Far East Line; John I. Alioto, Pacific Far East Line; Joseph W. Dickover, States Steamship Co.; Edward J. Kettel, Atlantic Richfield Co.; Charles Kurz II, Margate Shipping Co.; Spyros Skouras, Presidential Lines; Anthony R. Maio, Prudential Lines; Edward P. Walsh, Waterman Steamship Corp.; and Erik F. Johnson, Central Gulf Lines.

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