Marine Transport Insurance

Seaports have been natural sites for the transshipment of cargo from one mode of transport to another since their evolution. Historically, ports have provided links between maritime and inland transport and acted as an interface between seas and rivers to roads and railways.

Over the past four decades, increases in world trade and globalisation have led to ports being drivers of national and regional economic development. Highly sophisticated ships, B Double Trucks, better quality roads, automated container terminals and computerised storage and distribution facilities mean supply chain management is a lot more complex in today’s market, yet much more effective and efficient.

With complexity comes risk. As such Marine cargo, Transport and Logistics Liability remain a very important yet necessary specialisation within the insurance industry. At McKenzie Ross, we have demonstrated an unmatched commitment to the industry by building a team that holds first-class transport, logistics and marine insurance expertise. We are capable of providing specialist risk assessment and loss mitigation advice, as well as contractual advisory services. With McKenzie Ross, you can be confident you have the coverage you need with our marine insurance and transport insurance programs.

The evolution of the Logistics Industry

Australia is an island continent with a massive and sophisticated inland domestic freight task. McKenzie Ross understands the dramatic change in contractual terms being used in the domestic freight task. Historically the industry prospered off the back of “all care and no responsibility” type standard contracts.

In recent years, however, we have seen a shift in this unfair approach to the custodianship of third party cargo. Today, transport operators deal with sophisticated customers who require them to be responsible for the goods they are carrying or storing.

Logistics operator’s today contract on terms that represent a whole spectrum of liability, from no liability to negligence-based liability to no-fault based contracts. McKenzie Ross understands the developments and differences. As such we can provide seamless protection for our clients for new and onerous contractual liability exposures.

Traditional insurance markets for land-based transport and logistics providers continue to offer very basic and antiquated products. Traditional brokers or risk advisors will no doubt continue to sell these products.

McKenzie Ross provides modern and seamless solutions for transport and logistics service providers including 3PL operators, haulage operators, large and diversified freight forwarders and storage and distribution centres. Our solutions consider your business risk and contractual exposures and provide the necessary protection where it is needed.

It is our ongoing strategy to provide innovative and tailored risk and insurance packages to meet the individual needs of our clients that ensure our success in this industry. You can trust McKenzie Ross to find the best transport and marine insurance for your logistics business.

McKenzie Ross, in partnership with select underwriters, can provide cover against liabilities, including associated legal costs, Contractual Liabilities, Errors & Omissions and Cargo Liability to provide the level of cover that road transport, warehouse and 3rd Party Logistics operators require.

A dedicated McKenzie Ross logistics specialist can discuss:

  • Your risk exposures under Incoterms 2010
  • Cargo accumulation
  • Errors and Omissions exposures for Freight Forwarders
  • Contractual Liability exposures for 3PL providers
  • Journey and Voyage limitations
  • Marine Liability and General Liability
  • Cargo cover for international or domestic goods in transit (including project cargo)
  • Ports & harbours coverage, including inland storage and distribution
  • Freight Forwarders’ Liability
  • Stock throughput and storage risks
  • Inland marine and related property (for moving or moveable assets)
  • Marine hull and machinery (blue-water and brown water/inland)
  • Property and Business Interruption coverages
  • Environmental & Pollution Liabilities
  • Directors & Officers and other Management Liabilities
  • Liabilities cover for crews, freight handlers, port and terminal operators and stevedores.
  • Aviation hull and liability for cargo aircraft and fleets
  • Cyber & Privacy Protection Risks
  • Trade Credit

If your logistics business has evolved with the industry, yet your transport and marine insurance program is the same as it was five years ago, give McKenzie Ross a call and talk to a marine insurance specialist that understands your business and your exposures.

Need guidance on the type of commercial insurance product or service that’s best for you? Talk to our broking teams today – Call us on (03) 9691 2222

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