london The Isle of Man Maritime Group is hosting an evening reception during London International Shipping Week 2015 at historic Trinity House. LISW is one of the highlights of the maritime calendar with more than 100 industry events taking place in London from September 7-11. It is aimed at the movers and shakers from the international shipping and superyacht community. 

 

As official sponsors of LISW 2015, the Isle of Man Maritime Group’s “Nautical by Nature” event on September 8 will lead guests on a journey through the Island’s rich seafaring heritage to its current position of maritime centre of excellence.  Manx actors and musicians will bring to life the legacy of the Vikings; introduce the ringleaders of the Mutiny on the Bounty; remember the courage of Captain John Quilliam who was First Lieutenant on HMS Victory and set the scene for the inspiration of Sir William Hilary, who founded the RNLI

The music and drama will be showcased in the historic surroundings of Trinity House, the remarkable 18th Century headquarters of the Corporation of Trinity House, which has maintained British lighthouses since the 16th Century. Guests will be met by Isle of Man’s own sea cadets and guided up the grand, sweeping staircase to a reception on the first floor. All the rooms will be open to guests including the Pepys Room, the library and the reading room. 

Isle of Man Maritime Group Chairman, Bruce McGregor said: “LISW is the ideal opportunity for us to promote the wealth of maritime services and experience delivered on the Isle of Man. This event will celebrate our rich seafaring tradition and how we have evolved into a modern, technically astute global centre of excellence.” 

Guests at the reception will be able to meet representatives from the Isle of Man Maritime Group including the IOM Ship Registry; IOM Shipping Association; IOM Superyacht Forum KPMG; Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Isle of Man); Döhle (IOM) Group of Companies; PDMS Maritime; Simcocks Advocates; MHG Insurance Brokers; Affinity Management Services and InterManager. To register for the event please visit the group’s website at www.iom-maritime.com or contact the group at enquiries@iom-maritime.com If you would like speak to someone from the group in more detail please contact Bruce McGregor on +44 (0) 1624 664000. 

LISW 

LISW will be the ‘must attend’ event of 2015, offering over 100 industry functions and unique networking opportunities for leaders across all sectors of the international shipping industry – regulators, charterers, ship owners, ship managers, bunker suppliers, lawyers, ship brokers, bankers, insurers, insurance brokers, commodity traders and brokers, ship suppliers, port operators, shipping service providers and many more. The UK is the leading centre worldwide for the supply of a broad range of professional and business services to the international maritime community, accounting for 21per cent of premiums in international marine insurance, over $64bn in committed ship finance (or 15per cent of the world loan book) and it has the largest concentration of legal service firms specialising in the sector.  London is also the predominant supplier of shipbroking services worldwide and is the major player when it comes to maritime dispute resolution. London is also home to the second biggest port in the UK. For more information, please visit www.londoninternationalshippingweek.com

The Isle of Man is "Nautical by Nature"

Long flights tend to get a bad rep. Use these 10 tips to help you survive your next international flight, but don't leave without getting travel insurance! Contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0)1624 678668 or visit us at mhginsurance.com to find the best plan for you, your family, or group.

 

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Tips to Survive Your Next International Flight

passportAre you tired of having to turn down vacation invitations from friends and family because you don’t have a passport? It’s time to get a valid passport so that you can live your life to the fullest. The world is a big place, and not being able to leave your home country because you don’t have proper documentation should no longer be keeping you from seeing and visiting every location you have dreamed of. Having a passport is becoming a necessity more and more. For one, you used to be able to go on a cruise without a passport as long as you had valid identification, but that is no longer enough in today’s world. So follow these steps to help get you on your way to getting a valid United States passport, and get you one step closer to seeing the world!


1. Gather the proper documentation 

In order to apply for a U.S. passport, you will need to have the proper documentation: proof of citizenship and proof of identity. There are many forms you can use to prove both of these. To prove citizenship, you can use expired passports, a birth certificate for those born in the United States, or a Certificate of Citizenship for those born outside the U.S. To prove your identity, you can use expired passports, driver’s license, military ID, or other identification items that include your photo and signature.

2. Take a passport photo

A passport photo is different than a normal photograph. To make things easy, many drug stores or places that process photos can take them for you for a small fee. And I know what you are thinking, no “selfies” allowed.

3. Fill out appropriate forms

There are forms that you will have to fill out, and for most people that form is a DS-11 form. You can find this form online, print it out, and fill it in. Or you can fill it out in person when you go to the local passport authority.

4. Submit documentation and forms in person

For those that are applying for their first passport, you will have to apply in-person. You can apply at your local passport authority including most city halls, public libraries, and post offices. For those that are renewing their passport, in most cases it can be done through mail.

5. Pay the fee

A first time passport for a U.S. adult is $135. It is less money if you are renewing a passport, $110. A first time passport for a minor (under age 16) is $115. 

Tips

It is important to note that you should apply for a passport well in advance of your travel arrangements. The process can take a couple of months, so plan accordingly. Also, it is a good idea to keep track of your application status online by visiting the official website. The reason being is that you only have 90 days from the application date in order to report that your passport has not arrived. Otherwise you will need to go through the entire application process again. 

Now that you have your passport, it is time to book your next trip! For more help when traveling overseas, read our previous blog, “Tips for Traveling Abroad.” We wish you safe travels along your journey. If you are interested in purchasing travel insurance, or have any questions or concerns, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0)1624 678668 or visit us at mhginsurance.com. Our insurance brokers have the experience to assist you in selecting the right plan for you and/or your family for the best value.  

How to Apply for a U.S. Passport?

Business Brainstorming GroupMany people around the world have dreams about moving to the United States of America and opening up a business, also known as the “American Dream.” Opening up a new business can be a daunting, yet fulfilling task. Even more so when you are opening up that business in a new country. The United States requires businesses to have certain insurance coverage by law. However, there are other insurances you should consider just to protect yourself as a business owner. 

 

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation insurance, also known as workers’ comp, should be a main priority of your business. It will cover employees in the event they are injured at work, and should cover medical treatment, disability, and if necessary, a death benefit. 

Comprehensive General Liability

Comprehensive general liability insurance covers your business from incidents that occur at your warehouse, building, grounds, etc. Anything can happen, and a visiting client can easily slip on something causing them to get injured, and making you liable for a lawsuit. 

Product Liability (if applicable)

Product liability insurance is necessary if your business creates or sells a tangible product. This insurance will cover you from any potential lawsuits from damages or injuries that are caused by one of your products. 

Professional Liability (E&O) 

Professional liability insurance, also known as errors and omissions (E&O), will cover your business if you provide advice, or provide a service. It will protect you against negligent claims and damages that are awarded from a lawsuit.

Property Insurance 

Property insurance is much like your homeowner’s insurance. It covers your equipment, inventory, and other materials in the event of a fire, storm, or theft. It is also needed whether you own the space or lease it. There are limits to the coverage, so in order to attain more coverage, you may need purchase a separate policy, or an umbrella policy. Umbrella policies are also referred to as excess policies. 

Business Interruption Coverage

Natural disasters and catastrophic events can happen unexpectedly, often times shutting down businesses or interrupting operations. Your business can experience a loss of income during this time, which makes it important for you to have a business interruption insurance policy. Business interruption insurance will compensate your business for lost income during these times so that you do not experience major financial losses. 

Disability Insurance

Disability insurance is different from workers’ compensation insurance. Disability insurance covers your workers in the vent they are injured including outside of the work place, or develop a serious illness.  If they are unable to work, this coverage will pay them a percentage of their income for a period of time. 

Automobile Insurance (if applicable) 

If your business has company vehicles, or a fleet of trucks, delivery vans, etc. then you should be thinking about auto insurance. 

Life Insurance

In order to open a business, you will more than likely need a life insurance policy before receiving any money from the bank. This is to protect the bank, and give them the coverage they need if something happens to you and you leave debt behind. It also is common for businesses to offer life insurance policies to “key employees.” In fact, many companies offer their entire workforce life insurance coverage based on their salary.

If you own a business, and are looking for protection and would like more information about business insurance coverage, we would be happy to assist you. Also, if you are looking to purchase various forms of business insurance such as General Liability or Professional Liability, our insurance specialists have the experience to assist your business and offer advice in finding the perfect plan to fit all of its needs. For more information about the importance of umbrella policies, read our previous blog, “Why Business Owners Need an Umbrella Policy.” Contact us today at +1 954-828-1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com.

Opening a New Business in the U.S? Find Out Which Types of Insurance You Need!

10 Safety Tips for Travelers

women travelersDon’t be afraid to travel alone. Traveling can be one of life’s greatest, must fulfilling experiences. However, there are some precautions to consider, and preparation you can do to ensure a safe and successful trip. 

 

1. Research

Researching the area that you will be traveling to. It can assist you in learning the local customs and other ways that can help you blend in. It is also important to research the area in order to get a grasp of how to find your way around, such as learning major roads, landmarks, etc.

2. Don’t Over-Drink

Drinking too much alcohol can slow your reaction time and dull your senses. This can cause you to have a lapse in judgment that can put you in a really compromising situation. 

3. Dress like the Locals 

Depending where you are traveling to, there may be customary wardrobes for women. It’s important to blend in, and not draw too much attention to yourself.

4. Don’t Wear Expensive Jewelry

Wearing a lot of jewelry can make you a target, especially in unfamiliar places. 

5. Register with the U.S. Department of State 

Registering with the U.S. Department of State is one of the easiest and quickest tasks you can complete to help keep you safe when traveling. It only takes minutes to fill out a form, and the department will contact you if there is any news relating to your destination.

6. Make Copies of All Important Documents 

Make copies of all important documents such as passports, tickets, reservations, boarding passes, etc. Keep them in a safe place in case the originals are lost. Also, you can take pictures of them and keep digital copies in your email, or in an online storage like Google Drive. This will allow you access to them as long as you have computer or mobile access. 

7. Consider a Money Belt

Theft can happen anywhere, but the last place you want to be stolen from is when you are away from home. Look into getting a money belt to carry cash in. If someone steals your purse, you won’t be left completely stranded. It’s also important to mention that if your purse is taken from you, let it go and do not put up a fight. 

8. Keep in Touch

Give someone back home a copy of your itinerary. Keep in touch with them by checking in regularly and letting them know you are okay. Also, keep them updated with any changes you are making to your itinerary. 

9. Spend on Safety 

Traveling on a budget is always a good idea, however there should be no budget when it comes to your safety. If you do not feel comfortable walking home at night, call a cab. If you are flying into a rough area, plan your transportation ahead of time from a trustworthy source. 

10. Get Travel Insurance! 

No matter how many precautions you take, accidents happen. There is no better preparation than getting the proper medical coverage no matter where you are in the world.

For more help when traveling overseas, read our previous blog, “Tips for Traveling Abroad.” We wish you safe travels along your journey. If you are interested in purchasing travel insurance, or have any questions or concerns, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0)1624 678668 or visit us at mhginsurance.com. Our insurance brokers have the experience to assist you in selecting the right plan for you and/or your family for the best value.

10 Safety Tips for Travelers

contractorsDo you own a business or run a company? If the answer is yes, you are more than likely liable for something, whether it is your employees, customers, product, etc. Depending on your business, you may need coverage for things that other businesses don’t. Having proper business insurance could be the difference between a good business and a closed business. Do you have enough coverage for your company and employees? It is no secret that insurance coverage can be tricky, especially when you thought you had coverage for things that you actually don’t. Lately, we have been hearing about an issue when it comes to coverage regarding business insurance. Some businesses are finding out the hard way when it comes to certain employees not having the coverage they needed. 

 

The Concern 

As of late, we have been hearing many questions regarding subcontractors, temporary workers, or 1099 employees when it comes to being covered under a general liability or workers compensation policy. There is a lapse of coverage in business insurance policies that could potentially leave your company exposed. 

The Reason 

Typically, 1099 employees are paid under the table, which means their wages do not count toward the taxable wages. This also means that they do not have coverage when it comes to your business insurance, such as your general liability or workers’ compensation coverage. The general liability for your business covers W2 employees of the business. So in order for your employees to be covered, they must be considered part of the business.

The Solution

Each 1099 employee should be required to have their own coverage. It can come from the contracting company they work for if there is one involved, they can have their own policy, or have a filed exemption. It is important for them to have coverage from somewhere else as there is none coming from your business. Also, business owners should make it a priority to request certification to verify that anyone working for them has the proper coverage, before letting them work. A Certificate of Insurance should always be requested and verified. 

Why use Subcontractors? 

After learning how subcontractors and 1099 employees could leave your business liable, it may change your thought process about using them. Yes, there can be red flags when it comes to insurance coverage, but there are a great number of positives and many companies are quite successful using temporary workers or subcontractors. If you have an area of your business where employees experience a lot of risk, it may be more efficient for your company to use subcontractors than to hire full time employees to do the work. Part of the reason is that your business may have to pay a higher premium for employee coverage than a smaller subcontracting company does. 

Don’t let your business go on without the proper insurance coverage it needs. If you have any questions regarding your policy, or are interested in marine general liability insurance or any other type of business insurance, please feel free to contact us at 954-828-1819, or visit MHG Insurance Brokers online at mhginsurance.com. We look forward to being your partner in liability protection. For more information on marine general liability insurance, read our previous blog, “What is the Difference between General Liability and Marine General Liability?

Are 1099 Employees a Potential Liability for your Business?

case studyHave you ever heard the saying, “You can learn the easy way, or the hard way!” Many say the best way to learn is through experiencing something that will have an impact on you, whether you personally experienced it, or someone close to you did. The important part is that whatever the impact was, it will motivate you to make the right decision. It could have been something bad that made you never want to go through that again, or something good that made you want to have the same result. The following is a case study of two different scenarios of clients who are experiencing the same issue. Both scenarios are handled in different ways, resulting in different outcomes.  

 

Scenario A

A client who takes a proactive approach to their health went in for their regularly scheduled ENG. During the screening portion of the physical, the doctor discovered a potentially harmful bacteria. Due to this client’s proactive nature of maintaining their health, the bacteria was caught before it had done any damage and they were able to have successful treatment with antibiotics. 

Scenario B

A client who doesn’t like to go to the doctor decided to skip their regularly scheduled ENG because the yacht they were on did not have it as a requirement. Several weeks later, they began experiencing stomach pains, nausea, and vomiting. They didn’t think much of the symptoms they were experiencing, attributing it to a stomach bug. A couple weeks went by and the symptoms continued to get worse. At this point, the client decided it was time to go to the hospital, where doctors discovered a developing stomach ulcer, caused by Helicobacter pylori. 

The Diagnosis 

Both clients had the same issue, an infection of Helicobacter pylori. Helicobacter pylori is a bacteria that can cause stomach ulcers as well as stomach cancer. Much like Herpes, it is present in many people, 85% of people to be exact, and can go an entire lifetime without causing any issues. Our client from Scenario A was able to notice the infection early enough and have it treated before any symptoms presented themselves. Our client form Scenario B had a different fate that may have been avoided if they had their regular physical exam. 

The Cure 

Going to the doctor can be a hassle, especially for a yacht crew member who may rarely be onshore to do so. However, getting your check-up is important to decide your overall health, as well as to detect any issues early enough so that something can be done proactively. Get a routine physical each year, even if your yacht doesn’t require you to do so. Otherwise it may be too late by the time you find out you are having an issue, even if you don’t have any symptoms. Having good medical insurance is crucial too because if any issues do arise, you may need costly medical treatment. 

For more information on some of the dangers you can experience while docked, read our previous blog, “The Dangers of Being Docked at a Shipyard.” MHG is your specialized broker when it comes to crew insurance. Our insurance specialists have the knowledge and experience to find the policy that works best for you. If you are interested in purchasing, or have any questions about yacht crew insurance or travel insurance, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com.

Yacht Crew Case Study: Regular Screenings and Physicals Can Be Life Saving

leaving shoreCaptain: “Is everyone ready to set sail?” If you are a member of a yacht crew, hopefully you will never have to think twice about whether or not you are ready to leave shore. Don’t find yourself in a situation where you forget something, or aren’t fully prepared to be at sea for an extended period of time. Follow our list to assist you when preparing for the next time you leave shore.


1. Passport

It is important to confirm that your passport is valid before leaving shore. Not only does it have to be valid on the dates for which you are expected to visit another country, but in some cases there are countries that require your passport to be valid long after you are expected to be there. This may be because they want you to be prepared for the unexpected. For example, if you are stranded and must stay longer than originally expected, there will be no worries about whether your passport has expired. 

2. Immunizations & Local Health Hazards 

Make sure all of your immunizations and vaccines are up to date. While you may know where you are headed, it is common for yachts to make unexpected stops. So it is a good idea to be updated with the vaccines of the entire area you are going to. Also, research and prepare for any medical conditions, viruses, etc. that are prevalent in the area. For example, the Chikungunya Virus which is spread by mosquitoes is spreading throughout the Caribbean. If you will be in that area, be sure to heave plenty of mosquito repellent, and wear the necessary protective clothing. 

3. Locations

There is a chance that you will be heading to a place that you have never been to before. Do your research, and try to become familiar with the location. Learn any major roads or landmarks that can help you navigate the area. Know where medical facilities are located. Also, your guests may ask you for some assistance with directions, or advice on any activities and excursions that the location has to offer. 

4. Emergencies 

Familiarizing yourself with the emergency procedures of certain situations is always a good idea before leaving shore. Even more so if this is your first trip, or have recently switched vessels. Different yachts can have different procedures and rules, so prepare yourself for any unexpected issues that may arise. 

5. Insurance 

Even though this is the last thing on our list, it is the most important! Having the right health insurance coverage is critical when abroad. Anything can happen no matter where you are in the world, so having the proper coverage can be the difference between financial peace of mind, and financial disaster. There are many yacht owners who have the entire crew under one plan, however if you are required to find your own insurance, don’t hesitate to give us a call! 

Having proper insurance is important whether you are at sea, or docked at a shipyard. For more information on some of the dangers you can experience while docked, read our previous blog, “The Dangers of Being Docked at a Shipyard.” MHG is your specialized broker when it comes to crew insurance. Our insurance specialists have the knowledge and experience to find the policy that works best for you. If you are interested in purchasing, or have any questions about yacht crew insurance or travel insurance, or would like some advice, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com.  

5 Things for Yacht Crew to Complete Before Leaving Shore

life insurance claimLosing a loved one is a reality that we all dread. No one wants to get that phone call that forces them to begin the grieving process. With so many things crossing your mind, the last thing you may want to be thinking about is what the next step is in order to receive a death benefit from the deceased’s life insurance. Yet, there is a process you must go through to attain the payout which may help you when it comes to funeral costs, paying the bills, or putting money away for the kids. 

 

Where Do I Start?

Locate the policy for specific information about who to contact. It’s a good idea to keep the policies in a place that is easy to find. Once located, contact the insurance company and they should assign an agent to assist you through the steps you need to take in order to submit the claim. If life insurance was provided as a benefit from his or her employer, then contact the employer for the information. The policy will also tell you how much you can expect to be paid.

What Information Will I Need?

You will need to obtain the death certificate as well as any other necessary documents. All documents must be originals or notarized copies. Once all the paperwork is filled out and the documents are sent in, the insurance company will begin to process your claim. 

How Long Can it Take to Process? 

Generally, the processing time is quick. Companies want to help those in need as quickly as they can. However, if any of the forms are not filled out correctly or the documentation is wrong, the claims process can turn into a lengthy one. 

Are There Different Collection Options? 

There are different ways to collect the benefit. You can receive it in a lump sum, receive it in installments, or leave it to collect interest. Keep in mind that all payouts will be tax free. So if you are trying to avoid paying higher taxes by not selecting to receive the payout in a lump sum, it’s not necessary because you will receive the entire amount. 

Can My Claim Be Denied? 

If the insurance company discovers that you were withholding information about a medical condition, there is a good chance your claim will be denied. That’s why it is crucial for you to disclose all information when buying the policy. Also, the insurance company can deny your claim based on the manner of death by the insured. Policies have a list of scenarios that will explain what can get your claim denied, so read the policy and follow directions! If you suspect that the deceased had a life insurance policy, but are unsure, contact the American Council of Life Insurance (ACLI). For a fee, they will investigate and try to locate the policy.

Did you know there is a type of life insurance that allows to borrow money from the policy? For more information, be sure to read our previous blog, “Can I Borrow against My Life Insurance Policy?” If you are interested in purchasing life insurance, or have any questions about your policy, or which policy would be best for you and your family, contact us at 954-828-1819 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. We have the insurance specialists to assist and advise you on the best coverage for you and your loved ones at every stage of life.

How to File a Life Insurance Claim

retireDoesn’t it seem like whenever you visit some beautiful place, you never want to leave. Well, depending on the terms. I’m pretty sure that Tom Hanks couldn’t wait to get off that island in Cast Away. But if you are on holiday somewhere in the Caribbean, it’s not too hard to envision yourself calling that place “home” and truly “living the life.” That may be why it is becoming more and more popular for people to retire, and move to their dream destination to live out their golden years. But before you jump on that plane, there are some things you need to get squared away. 

 

Social Security and Other Retirement Funds 

If you lived and worked in the United States and are looking to retire abroad, your Social Security should follow you wherever you go. Also, your 401k, IRA, or any other retirement savings plan you may have administered during your working career should be available to you. However, you may have to get an account at a bank in your new country, or an international one. 

Government Sponsored Health Care 

Unlike your Social Security, Medicare (or your countries equivalent) will not follow you to your new country. However, the good news is that in many cases, being a resident in your new country can make you eligible for its government sponsored health care plan. Also, most of the developed countries around the world have Universal Health Care systems, which can be better than what is offered in the U.S. The only con is that it can take a long time to get an appointment or see a doctor. 

Insurance Options Local Health Insurance: Domestic health insurance won’t follow you to another country. And if it does, it will only offer a fraction of the coverage that it would have offered back home. So it would only make sense to keep your domestic plan if you planned on traveling back and forth to receive any medical services. In most countries, the local health insurance that is available is much like the one you may have had back home. Including a provider network that lets you know which doctors or hospitals the carrier will provide coverage for. One drawback to having a local plan is that in some cases, they will not write a new policy for you after the age of 63. 

No Health Insurance: You have the option of having no insurance coverage at all. Thus meaning you would have to pay cash for everything. If you live in the Unites States, this may seem like a crazy idea given the fact that health care costs can be more than twice as much as other countries. But, even with costs in other countries being lower, this still may not be the smartest option. 

International Health Insurance: International health insurance, also known as expatriate insurance, is essentially the same as your domestic health insurance, with coverage all around the world. So you would have coverage whether you are in your new home, or visiting your old one. This may be the best option of health insurance for most people that are retiring abroad. Especially for those who are over the age of 63 and cannot purchase a new local health insurance. 

Moving to a new country, no matter what stage in life can be an exhilarating experience. With so many tasks to complete in order to prepare yourself, it can be easy to forget some items. Read our previous blog, “Expat Checklist Before the Big Move,” for help when preparing for re-location. If you are interested in purchasing an international medical insurance plan, also known as expatriate insurance, please contact our insurance specialists at 1 954-828-1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. We have an office full of expats, and others who have re-located, who can assist you and advise you about all the necessary steps to take when selecting the proper insurance for you or your family.

Want to Retire Overseas? What You Need to Know