US Coast Guard to Increase Limits of Liability for Vessels, Deepwater Ports, and Onshore Facilities Under OPA 90 | The United States Coast Guard is issuing a final rule to increase the limits of liability for vessels, deepwater ports, and onshore facilities, under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, a...

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Starr v. WQIS – May 2019 Legal Update: Decision of Interest | A notice of Appeal was filed by Starr on May 23, 2018. The parties fully briefed the matter. Oral argument was held at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on May 15, 2019. By decision and Summary Order, on May 29, 2019, the appellate...

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Court Acknowledges WQIS’s Experience & Credibility in Decision Interpreting Extent of Defense Costs Amongst Primary and Excess Insurers

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New updates have been posted for procedures to request extensions for Ballast Water Management compliance.

The update, issued by the U.S. Coast Guard in March 2017, deals with 33CFR 151 in particular and responds to widespread confusion over previously issued guidance. The USCG received hundreds...

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On December 22, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a notable opinion in Water Quality Insurance Syndicate v. United States of America. In comprehensive fashion, the Court reversed the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center’s denial of WQIS’ $1.89 million...

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The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has issued draft guidelines on Arctic marine mammal disasters under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. These guidelines will update the Marine Mammal Oil Spill Response Guidelines of 2006. Comments must be submitted on or before March 13, 2017.

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The United States Coast Guard is revamping the Alternative Planning Criteria National Guidelines and has extended the public comment period to April 10, 2017. The draft changes seek to clarify alternative planning criteria (APC) submissions and processes pursuant to 33 CFR 155.1065 and 155.5067, ...

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Owning a yacht may be for the well-to-do, but idle assets are often a loss owners wish to avoid. Owners of luxury boats—just as those of high-value homes—have increasingly been turning to the sharing economy, or peer-to-peer rentals. Online services that cater to high-value boat leases make it ea...

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Today, WQIS is the largest underwriter of vessel pollution liability insurance for vessels in the United States, offering the most comprehensive insurance products in the market. We insure all types of commercial and private marine risks and we will work with our customers to ensure we can provide best-in-class coverage for their specific risk.

We provide water pollution liability insurance from the smallest to the largest fleets for vessel operators worldwide, providing coverage for more than thirty thousand (30,000) vessels, pollution guaranties for over three thousand five hundred (3,500) vessels, and have cleaned up over five thousand (5,000) spills in our history. WQIS offers insurance on behalf of fifteen (15) subscribing insurance companies in the Marine Insurance Market (see Subscribers for details).

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