The ocean is the birthplace of insurance, and it’s no wonder. There are few places less predictable and full of risk than the open seas, especially in the days of wooden ships and widespread piracy. Though conducting business on the water is much safer now, you still face the risk of accidents, injuries, collisions, and severe weather, all of which can lead to damage or loss of marine vessels, equipment, and cargo — and there’s still the occasional pirate.
If your business is involved with shipping, transportation, manufacturing, distribution, or another maritime industry, it’s important to protect yourself with the right ocean marine insurance plan. Ocean marine insurance is a financial safeguard for operational exposures that may affect your boats, merchandise, cargo, equipment, passengers, employees, and more.
Commonly, ocean marine insurance can be broken down into these key coverage types:
Ocean marine insurance and inland marine offer many similar forms of protection mainly distinguished by the areas in which they apply. Both are sought after for the coverage they provide to cargo, one covering shipments over water and the other over land. But ocean marine insurance plans often include broader types of coverage to businesses operating at sea or shore, as detailed above.
Whereas inland marine is primarily designed to support inland businesses that take temporary possession of property on behalf of customers (e.g. repair shops and dry cleaners), frequently move tools and equipment (e.g. landscapers or contractors), or use trucks or other commercial vehicles to transport goods and merchandise.
When building out the coverages that will make up your ocean marine insurance policy, it’s important to discuss your business needs and budget with an experienced provider that will take the time to build you the right plan. You may need to supplement your coverage with worker’s compensation, warehouse extensions, or other specialized coverages.
Fill out our quote request form today, and we’ll set you up with a free consultation to find your best match in an insurance carrier. Get comprehensive maritime coverage at a price your business can afford, and take to the seas with confidence.
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