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Pirate Attack Insurance for Ships: 5 Things to Keep in Mind in 2022

Pirate Attack Insurance for Ships: 5 Things to Keep in Mind

Insurance firms are beginning to consider piracy as a well-organized activity that operates on a business model that involves accurate estimates of the ransom amount payable and professional guarantees of the crew, ship, and cargo's protection while the talks are ongoing. Zurich, the global insurer, asserts that piracy costs the world economy $12 billion annually. Here are 5 things to consider concerning pirate attack insurance, such as the overall process and the various types of insurance.

1. Risks associated with piracy and insurance coverage

Piracy is a so-called "peak" risk, which means that the potential for significant losses outweighs the probability of occurrence. This reality necessitates the use of marine insurance to safeguard maritime businesses' operations and financial sustainability against potential piracy-related losses.

2. Maritime Insurance Process

First, the legal obligation of the go-betweens who handle the products is restricted. Marine insurance effectively shifts responsibility for the products to the insurance company from the parties and intermediaries involved. Rather than bearing entire responsibility for the products, the exporter may purchase an insurance policy and get marine insurance coverage for the exported items against loss or damage.

3. Hull & Machinery (H&M)

H&M insurance protects shipowners against physical loss or damage to the vessel's hull, machinery, and associated equipment. Additionally, the insurance may be extended to benefit the ship's mortgagees, which is often the scenario when a shipowner obtains a bank loan. Piracy is included as a maritime danger by the Institute Time Clauses (Hulls) of 1983 and 1995 and the International Hull Clauses of 2002 and 2003.

4. Protection and Indemnity (P&I)

P&I insurance protects the crew, passengers, and other third parties from responsibility, including death, personal injury/illness, personnel repatriation and replacement, and injury or theft to crew/passenger effects. Liabilities may also include the obligation to cargo for loss or general average contribution in the event of a shipowner's attributable carelessness or fault.

5. Kidnap & Ransom (K&R)

K&R coverage developed in response to the rising expenses of ransoms for abducted crew members and the refusal of P&I Clubs to join in the payout of such large claims. The K&R policy offers insurance coverage for abduction, blackmail, and wrongful loss of liberty and reimburses all associated expenditures within the terms of the applicable insurance contract. Additionally, it may cover some incidental costs spent during the negotiating process, such as the fees of public relations experts, specialized response consultants, translators, and independent negotiators. The insurance also applies to legal liabilities arising out of the pirate incident, i.e. settlements, costs, judgments imposed on the assured as a consequence of an action for damages taken by or on behalf of any insured party arising out of the abduction, such as claims claimed by crew members.

Bottom Line

Due to the sheer increasing number of pirate assaults that are endangering human lives and property, maritime insurance firms have come up with the notion of managing risk from a wide viewpoint tailored to their customer's unique requirements in recent years. Furthermore, insurers will make every effort to retrieve the lost or stolen property and bring the perpetrators to justice to keep the insurance costs as low as possible.

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