The major types of marine insurance policies are

1. Time policy

A time policy is taken for definite period of time, usually not exceeding 12 months say from January 1, 1981 to December 31, 1981. This policy is most suitable for hull insurance.

2. Voyage policy

Where the subject matter is insured for a specific voyage, say from Karachi to Port Saeed it is named as voyage policy.

3. Mixed policy

This policy is the combination of time and voyage policy. It, therefore, covers the risks for both particular voyage and for a stated period of time.

4. Floating policy

Floating policy is taken for a relatively large sum by the regular suppliers of goods. It covers several shipments which are declared afterwards along with other particulars. This policy is most situated to exporter in order to avoid trouble of taking out a separate policy for every shipment.

5. Valued policy

Under its terms the agreed value of the subject matter of insurance is mentioned in the policy itself. In case of cargo this value means the cost of goods plus freight and shipping charges plus 10% to 15% margin for anticipated profit. The said value may be more than the actual value of goods.

6. Unvalued policy (Open Policy)

Where the value of the subject matter of insurance is not declared but left to be ascertained and proved later it is called unvalued policy.

7. Builder's risk policy

This policy is issued for more than one year. This covers the risk of damage to vessels from the time its construction commences until its trail is completed.

8. Blanket policy

Under the condition of the blanket policy the maximum limit of the required amount of protection is estimated which is purchased in lump sum. The amount of premium is usually paid in advance. This policy describes the nature of goods insured, specific route, ports and places of the voyages and covers all the risk accordingly.

9. Port risk policy

This policy covers all the risk of a vessel while it is standing at a port for particular period of time.

10. Wager policy

Where the assured has no insurable interest in the subject matter of insurance that is know as wager policy. As this policy has no legal effect so it cannot be taken to a court of law. If underwrite refuses to accept the claim the policy holder cannot take any legal action against him. It is, therefore, also called as gambling policy.

11. Special hazards policy

This policy covers special risks incident to piracy and war. It provides protection to insured under agreement against seizure, capture, detention and other war risks.

12. Composite policy

This type of policy is purchased from more than one under writers. If there is no any motive of fraud then insured will be indemnified by each under writer separately in case of loss.

13. Block policy

This policy is particularly purchased to gold diggers. It covers all the risks of damage to gold from the time of its recovery to its distinction. This types of policy has been introduced in Africa and is very popular in the mine fields of gold.

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lyricsingray 7 years ago

Now I may not need a Marine Insurance Policy but I love how you wrote about it in terms that one can understand. Insurance can get so confusing in the details. But not yours, thanks for that, Kimberly

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Thank u for liking it and appertaining my work

milk 7 years ago

hey plzz ryt more abt claims procedure..

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nilum 7 years ago Author

I would surely try my best to write !

vinay 6 years ago

Very good efforts. Please continue

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nilum 6 years ago Author

Thanks vinay

Anisa.Kazi 6 years ago

thanks a lot.. Nilum..

I wanted to know about types of marine insurance policy... N nw I got my answer..thank u

nisha 6 years ago

plz try 2 write abt types of marine insurance

RIYA 5 years ago


Akhilesh 5 years ago

four types are there fire marine moter and misc

Yinka 5 years ago

Kudos to you for the wonderful work,keep it up

rick 5 years ago

hey u not mentond

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vinod 5 years ago

nice answers

Sanjiv 5 years ago

I Have read about Composite POlicy defined by yOu, I M totally confused about same. You said that insured insured will be indemnified by each under writer separately in case of loss.

How it is possible? where is the Contribution cluase gone? Please clarify

Amber 5 years ago

Really helpful for understanding

nice job...

Gloria 4 years ago

Nice work

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nilum 4 years ago Author

Thanks you Dear

Linkon_SBC 4 years ago

Pleased to read.

Ikuomola oluwafemi 4 years ago

Pls i nd ur help, omojuwa marine polices

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viji 4 years ago

nice thank you

srinjay bajpayee 4 years ago

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balakrishnan.k 4 years ago

that matter is very nice but i thingking about higly make asome poind

mage.s 3 years ago

thank you

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Deepa Shree Raju 3 years ago

thanks for the information which was complicated to understand!

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pramodhini A 3 years ago

i has learned new things.thank you,please give detail or more information about all the matters.

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