Learning About Business Insurance in the Marine Industry

Learning about Business Insurance

Business insurance is very important if you have a small business. It will help you lessen financial risks with unforeseen events. There are difference kinds of small business insurance that you can choose from if you’re starting up a business.


Who Uses Business Insurance, Specifically for Marine Trade?

If you are a business owner with the following industries below, you should get business insurance.

  • Marine engineers
  • Naval architects/Marine surveyors
  • Boat builders/boat repairers
  • Yacht builders/marina and boatyard builders/Sail makers
  • Marine Cargo/Marine transit
  • Sailing schools
  • Boat clubs/sailing clubs/rowing clubs
  • Boat valet
  • Vessel sales (Secondhand or brand new) and brokerages
  • Marine trades connected with small commercial vessels or pleasure crafts
  • Fleet operators/Moor operators


Common Features to Look for in a Marine Trade Business Insurance

Material Damage are for any type of vessels operated, owned, under construction, sold or repaired that’s included in the business. This could cover the costs for:

  • Buildings, business equipment, stock and contents.
  • The items near your property may be included such as yard plants, plugs, tools and moulds.
  • Marine installations, gangways, jetties, piers and pontoons.


Financial Loss is any type of loss that money or payment is involved. Examples are:

  • Increased working cost or business interruption. It continues your business operation when there is a business interruption. This will make sure that profits and employers wages would still continue even if something goes wrong.
  • Personal Accident or Money. Protects your money from loss when physically attacked when dealing with payment transactions.
  • Insurance paid when goods or products gets accidentally destroyed while in transit.
  • License loss
  • Defective vessels title


Marine Property has third party liabilities and builders risks linked with it. Properties would include workboats, tugs and vessels. Below is an explanation of builder’s risks and third party liability.

  • Builder’s Risks are costs paid for commercial or residential structures for their renovation or remodeling costs. Losses of building supplies, materials, payment for equipment used, fixtures and machineries can be added to the builder’s risk.
  • Third Party Liability helps cover the costs aside from the insurance company. The third party could be anyone affected by your business insurance contact but is not associated with you in any way.

Liabilities are obligations and should be included in the business balance sheet. They are utilized to finance business operations and helps cover costs for a company’s development.

  • Public Liability. This covers anyone from your business included yourself against damages to a property if you are not within your company’s premises but your client’s premises.
  • Products Liability. This covers any claims for a defective product that is distributed, created or sold. This product can cause harm or injury (in worse cases death) to an individual. Yacht Yard Indemnity can be included as part of products liability.
  • Professional Liability or Errors and Omissions insurance). This covers the costs if your employees are accused and proven guilty of malpractice and negligence.
  • Employers Liability Insurance (also called key person insurance or workman’s compensation insurance). This is a payment made to a person if they become injured, sick or disabled that prevents them from working. This is a legal requirement and covers all workers whether they are full-time or part-time employees, volunteers and even on-the-job trainees.
  • All risks insurance. This is to cover any damages with portable items that you can remove from the business premises.
  • Peril specific properties. This is similar to all risks insurance but it has specific types of losses that it covers.
  • Umbrella liability. This is an optional liability that provides coverage that is outside the limit of your normal policy.


Business insurance companies have their own business insurance quote, depending on the data that they have. They use historical information and your data to determine your coverage and rates. Compare each one of them first before choosing.


If you’re starting a business, it is recommended to have a business liability insurance to protect your business assets and to pay off any obligations like medical costs or property damaged. If you have a prospective business insurance, always confirm their insurance provider the coverage of the policy before signing any contract.


Having a business insurance for your business is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make for your company. It would either make your company successful or you’ll be burdened with financial debt. If you’re not careful in choosing your insurance policy, chances are you’ll regret it in the future.