475871202Do you have Life Insurance? It’s a question that many don’t want to think about for obvious reasons. Some believe that Life Insurance isn’t a priority because they procrastinate, or are waiting until a life changing event that will motivate them purchase a policy. It’s a fact, the benefits that a good life insurance policy can supply your family and loved ones are too good to pass up. Many people have life insurance and believe that they have coverage until the day they die. However, in some circumstances that is not the case, and it’s not because your term life policy expired. So maybe a better question would be, do you have International Life Insurance?

Do I have international coverage?

Many people do not know that their life insurance policy will not continue to offer them coverage if they happen to move to a new country. Typically, if you are in a foreign country for 3 or more months, your life insurance will not offer the coverage that you have been paying for. This is part of the “small print” that many may not know about. So if you are a world traveler, or hope to move to a foreign country one day, or are an expat who looks to settle down back home when you are done with your career abroad, it may be smart to look at your policy and see if you are covered.

Does international coverage exist?

There are several life insurance options that offer international coverage, and will pay the death benefit for expats or others who unthinkably pass while not in their home country. I know you’re wondering if having international coverage makes your premiums more expensive, but in many cases the premiums are in the same ball park as life insurance policies that don’t have international coverage, sometimes even less! Usually the only thing that will affect your premium is the policy amount, your age, and any health problems you may have.

Do I need international coverage?

As I stated earlier, having Life Insurance should be a priority for everyone. If being away from your home country or the country where your life insurance policy was purchased for an extended period of time applies to you, then international life insurance should be a priority. Deciding if you need the extra coverage is the easy part, now comes what type of policy is right for you!

There are many things to take into consideration when making the decision of which type of policy is best for you, your family, or loved ones. For help trying to figure out how you can save money on your life insurance policy, read our previous blog, “Life Insurance Money Saving Tips”. Are you interested in purchasing Life Insurance or International Life Insurance? Would you like some more information regarding Life Insurance options that are available to you? Would you like to ask some questions to a Life Insurance expert? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, please contact us 954-828-1819 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com and talk to one of our insurance specialists for help in selecting Life Insurance and other coverage to ensure that you and your loved ones have the protection you need at every stage of life.

Do you have Life Insurance? Maybe a better question would be, do you have International Life Insurance?

538602500Summer is right around the corner! Which means many of you have been hitting the gym and eating healthy to get the perfect summer body. But being healthy and having a summer body are not one in the same. As an insurance broker, we want to promote wellness and wellbeing amongst people. So, what better time to start following some healthy living tips than the summer time. The weather is nice and warm, people are outside and active, so let’s take it to the next step and create some positive lifestyle changes that will only benefit us. After all, the experts say if you do something every day for 30 days it will become a habit.

Eat Right!

The summer time is the best time for fresh produce. While fruits and vegetables all have a season, the summer offers an abundance of choices for you to eat fresh food. Visit your local farmer’s market, or even go pick your own fruit and vegetables if you can. Try to limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.

Be Active!

Eating right and staying active are two of the most important things one can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Try to be active for at least one hour a day. Include activities that raise your breathing and heart rates and that strengthen your muscles and bones. Go outside and go for walks after dinner, take the kids to the park, join a sports league, go to the beach or pool and go for a swim; these are just a few of the many activities you can do to help stay active during the summer. Physical activity helps to maintain your weight, reduces high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and several forms of cancer. Arthritis pain, depression and anxiety symptoms are also reduced by physical activity

Hydrate!

Did you know that you should drink about a gallon of water per day? Drinking enough water will benefit you in more ways than one. While the temperatures are hotter, staying hydrated is important. Drinking your fluids will also help your skin, increase brain activity, and also help you lose weight!

Get Away!

Who doesn’t love to go on a summer vacation? Remember to balance work, home, and play. Everyone needs a break from time to time, and with the kids being out of school, the summer is a perfect time for a family getaway. However, it is important to also disconnect. Just because you go on a trip doesn’t mean it will do you any good if you aren’t properly disconnected.

Protect Yourself!

When out enjoying the summer days, remember to wear sunscreen and insect repellent. Try to stay in the shade if you can. While catching some rays is good for you, only in moderation. Also, protect yourself and your family from injuries with seat belts, helmets, and protective sports equipment when partaking in outdoor activities.

Sleep!

Adults should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night, and children even more. I know we have all heard the saying “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” or “I’ll catch up on sleep on the weekend”, but those couldn’t be further from the truth. You can’t catch up on sleep, and without proper rest, your body will respond accordingly.

Schedule and Appointment!

Stay on top of your health and remember to schedule regular checkups for you and your family with your doctors. Discuss your health problems and risks and devise a plan for improvement. Find out what exams, tests, and shots you need and when to get them. Don’t forget about visiting the dentist too! Keeping your teeth in good shape is another good way to keep certain health problems from arising.

A little prevention goes a long way to help ensure a long and healthy life. Check with your broker to see if your health benefits plan covers for those regular checkups, tests, and shots. It is important that you know your coverage before you need it. Whether you are looking for marine crew insurance, health insurance, life insurance, travel insurance, expatriate insurance or insurance for your business, we have the experience and knowledge to help you find the right policy. Contact us at mhginsurance.com or call us at +1 954 828 1819.

What better time to start following some healthy living tips than the summer time.

483047213Good work is as hard to find as good workers are to keep. Anyone that works in a Human Resources role can attest to the difficulty of attracting workers, keeping workers happy, and making sure employees are motivated. This can be even more true when talking about yacht crew members. Crew members are constantly moving from one ship to another for many different reasons. The following tips can help you formulate a plan to help keep your crew on your vessel. They can also help to motivate crew in general, as workers may work harder knowing that they are being ‘taken care of’ or feeling grateful for the position they are in on board.

Salary

The most obvious thing that can motivate someone to work for you, or to work harder, is money. Are your wages competitive in within the industry? Depending on what someone’s title is, they can make anywhere from $30,000 to almost $500,000. By offering competitive salaries, crew members may be more inclined to come work for you and may think twice before deciding to leave.

People They Work With

One aspect of employment that can be considered priceless is the people that work with you. While this applies to many jobs, it carries even more weight with yacht crew members. One reason is because crew are essentially family. Would you want to live and work closely with someone you didn’t like?

Itinerary

Many crew members decide what yacht they may want to work on by looking at the itinerary. One of the benefits of being part of a crew is getting paid to sail around the world, and visit places you may have otherwise never even considered going. Also, some crew members may only want to stick to certain areas they are familiar with, or places they consider safe.

Vessel Size

The size of the yacht can be a deciding factor in where someone decides to work. After all, the larger the yacht, the better it looks on the resume. Not to mention there are more positions to fill, giving you the opportunity to work with more people. Let’s not forget also, that a larger yacht can also mean a higher salary. Some crew prefer the environment of a smaller yacht, where there are often less personalities to work with and sometimes a less strenuous work environment.

Insurance Benefits

The last tip, and probably most important one, is offering a complete insurance benefit package for you crew. While money is important to sustain your life, without your health you won’t have a life to live. Sailing around to world, going from country to country, leaves those who work on board at risk if something ever happened to them. Where would they go? Who would they talk to if they didn’t speak the language? Not having to worry about paying what could be thousands of dollars for an emergency medical situation can be the ultimate benefit for a yacht crew member. Having other coverage such as benefits for lost wages, routine care, dental and vision are also key components to providing a complete package.

Having proper insurance is important whether you are at sea, or 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. For more information on preparing to work on a yacht, read our previous blog, “Yacht Crew Insurance Terms 101”.

The following tips can help you formulate a plan to help motivate your yacht crew and keep them on your vessel.

175545573Many people in the insurance industry work hard to avoid the bad reputation that insurance typically carries. However, people often jump to negative conclusions about anything involving insurance. Time and time again, we come across people who have the wrong idea of what an insurance broker is and why they are actually advantageous to the consumer. We have heard they are a waste of time, waste of money, and only care about making their commission. Being a dedicated group of insurance brokers, we can tell you that those descriptions are often false! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but when we hear information that is incorrect, it encourages us to step in. Do you know what an insurance broker does?

If you know the answer to, then you are already aware of all the benefits of using an insurance broker. If not, learn why you should be using one. Take the time to find a quality, reputable broker to work with you in fulfilling your insurance needs. Not only will it be time well spent in the beginning, but it will also serve you well for the entire time that you have insurance needs, whether you are working on a yacht or wherever your travels may take you.

Brokers Can Offer More of a Selection

One benefit of an insurance broker is the selection of policies and plans. Typically, brokers can help you select insurance from a variety of different companies. Different insurance companies offer different plans, so having access to plans from multiple companies can afford you the opportunity to find the coverage that fits you best.

Also, depending on the insurance brokerage they may sell different types of insurance, allowing you to have a one stop solution for all your insurance needs.

Brokers Do Much More Than Sell Insurance

While brokers may act as the middle man between you and the insurance company, they can be so much more than that. An insurance broker will conduct research for you, file and assist you with the claims process, and work to get you the best coverage option for your situation. Often times a broker has direct connections with decision makers at the insurance companies so you may not have to sit on a 1-800 line for a long time, only to learn someone doesn’t have the authority to help you. Brokers also know which carriers provide consistent service, allowing you to avoid companies that may not deliver the level of care that you deserve at time of claim.

We Work for You

As brokers, we do not work for any insurance company, we work for you! Our goals are to please you, and make sure all you questions and concerns are handled. If you think about it, with all the benefits of using an insurance broker, it is certainly better than just going out and buying a policy from an insurance agent. Will an agent fight for you and your best interests?

Having proper insurance is important in every aspect of life. Whether you are at sea needing international coverage, looking for proper life insurance coverage, going on a vacation, etc. MHG is your specialized broker. 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 marine crew insurance, travel insurance, U.S. life and health, expatriate insurance, or property and casualty, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. For more information on debunking insurance broker myths, read our previous blog, “Debunking 5 Myths About Insurance Brokers”.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but when we hear information that is incorrect, it encourages us to step in. Do you know what an insurance broker does?

542325850The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the biggest boat show in the world, and attended by everyone who is anyone in the yachting industry. With the Show being just a couple weeks away, people have already begun to arrive in Fort Lauderdale and starting to set up for the event. It’s almost here which means it’s time to start planning what you are going to do for the show.

It’s no secret that one of the highlights of any boat show is getting to see some amazing yachts up close and personal. This is even more so at FLIBS which takes place in the yachting capital of the world! While you may not be able to go on-board these vessels, getting to see them in person can give you a new appreciation of the size of these boats, and offer a new respect for the entire crew that it takes to keep everything running in check. Below is a list of some of the top yachts, and our personal favorites, that are expected to be at the 57th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show which takes place November 3-7, 2016. It should be noted that it is common for yachts to change plans at the last minute, so there is a possibility that some of these vessels may decide not to attend the boat show. Therefore, this list may not be 100% accurate at the time of the show.

“Kisses”

This 175-foot motor yacht was built in 2000 by Feadship. This vessel also went through a refit in 2014, and can accommodate up to 11 guests in 5 cabins. See her at The Sails Marine 206 - Sails #4 where she will be exhibited by Burgess, whose headquarters are in New York.

“Huntress”

“Huntress” was built by Feadship and her exhibitor is Merle Wood & Assoc. who are headquartered in Fort Lauderdale. The location of this 180-foot mega yacht will be HOF FD 32-35, 34A, 32A, 33A.

“Just J’s”

This Hakvoort mega yacht was custom built in 2016, and is the largest Hakvoort yacht built to date. This vessel measures in a 200 feet, has 5 decks, and can accommodate up to 16 people! You can find her at HOF FD 22A, 27.

“Party Girl”

“Party Girl” was built by Icon in 2010 and measures out to be 205 feet long. This super yacht can accommodate 12 guest and 16 crew members. She will be exhibited by Norhtrop & Johnson whose headquarters are in Fort Lauderdale. See her at HOF FD 34-47.

“Apogee”

Last but not least on our must-see list is “Apogee”. The 205 foot “Apogee” was built in 2003 by Codecasa. See her at HOF FD 32-35, 34A, 32A, 33A where she will be exhibited by Merle Wood & Assoc.

Make sure to be on the look-out for the MHG Team as they will be at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show helping anyone who has questions regarding their crew insurance!

If you are in Fort Lauderdale for the Show and are looking for something to do, read out previous blog, “10 Things to do in Fort Lauderdale While in Town for FLIBS”. Our Insurance Specialists have the knowledge and experience to offer advice or help select the best insurance plan for your needs. Whether you are in need of travel insurance, yacht crew insurance, or life insurance, visit mhginsurance.com or call +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 for help in selecting the plan that fits you best. Safe travels!

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is almost here, which means you should be on the lookout for these yachts!

MYSThe Monaco Yacht Show is here and is viewed as one of the year’s most highly anticipated, exclusive trade show events in Yachting. Known for attracting some of the most powerful and wealthy people in the world, along with the top vessels from all over the globe, this year’s show promises to be a showstopper. From the 28th of September to the 1st of October, the Yachting industry will gather at Port Hercules.

It’s no secret that one of the highlights of any boat show is to see some of the mega-yachts up close and personal. While you may not be able to go onboard, you can still appreciate how amazing some of these vessels are in both size and amenities. So if you are attending the show here are the top yachts to see! It should be noted that it is common for yachts to change plans at the last minute, so there is a possibility that some of these vessels may decide not to attend the boat show.

“OKTO”

“Okto” was built by ISA Yachts in 2014 and measures in at over 66m. This mega-yacht can accommodate up to 11 guests and 17 crew members. See her at T CENTRAL T41 where she will be displayed by Moran Yacht & Ship.

“MARTHA ANN”

This vessel measures in just over 70m, and was built by Lurssen in 2008. This yacht offers the amenities of a five-star hotel, including a gm, endless pool, and a movie theater. She offers 7 luxurious staterooms that can accommodate up to 18 guests and a crew of 15 people. See her at QUIA RAINIER IER R03 where she will be displayed by IYC.

“GALACTICA SUPERNOVA”

This vessel was built by Heesen Yachts in 2016 and is the largest Heesen to date measuring at just over 70m. She has an impressive top speed of 30 kt and combines that with low range and low fuel consumption. See her at QUAI RAINIER IER.

“ENIGMA”

“Enigma” measures in at just under 75m. Built by Blohm & Voss in, this mega-yacht can accommodate 15 guest and 21 crew members. See her at QUIA RAINIER III D03 being displayed by Edmiston & Company.

“BOADICEA”

This beautiful 76.6m mega-yacht was built by Amels in 1999, and received touch ups in 2016. The largest yacht on this list, she offers unique features such as a guest elevator, salon, cinema, and new interior. See her at QUAI RAINIER IER R04 being displayed by Fraser Yachts.

“CORAL OCEAN”

“Coral Ocean” was formerly “Coral Island” and is one of the first masterpieces of the late interior designer, Jon Bannenberg. This vessel was built in 1994 by Lurssen and has only been used privately. There are 21 cabins onboard to accommodate 12 guests and 27 crew members. See her at T CENTRAL T05 being displayed by Lurseen.

Make sure to be on the look-out for the MHG Team as they will be at the Monaco Yacht Show, helping anyone who has questions regarding their crew insurance!

If you are in Monaco for the Show and are looking for something to do, read out previous blog, “5 Things You Must Do While in Monaco”. Our Insurance Specialists have the knowledge and experience to offer advice or help select the best insurance plan for your needs. Whether you are in need of travel insurance, yacht crew insurance, or life insurance, visit mhginsurance.com or call +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 for help in selecting the plan that fits you best. Safe travels!

The Monaco Yacht Show is almost here! Be on the lookout for some of these megayachts.

492989930Monaco is a sovereign city-state located on the French Riviera in  Western Europe. It is the second smallest and the most densely populated country in the world! It is also considered to be a very luxurious destination, fit for celebrities and royalty. Which makes it a perfect location for a yacht show!

The Monaco Yacht Show is almost here, just a few weeks away. Will you be going to this year’s show? Whether you are flying in for the show, or you are already there preparing your vessel and have some time to kill over the coming weeks, Monaco is a place most people only dream about visiting, so why not make the most of your trip! Here are some things that you must see/do while you are in Monaco.

1. Larvotto Beach

beachLarvotto Beach is a public beach located near Monte Carlo. Like many other beaches along the French Riviera, Larvotto Beach has pebbles rather than sand, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes or sandals. The water is clear and clam, the beach is clean and well kept, and the hotels and mountains along the shoreline will make you feel like you are in paradise, just be sure to arrive early as spaces are sure to fill up. While this beach is great for visitors of all ages, it should be mentioned that some beachgoers lay out topless.

2. Princess Grace Rose Garden
This Rose Garden was created in 1984 as a memorial to Grace Kelly, who was the wife of Prince Rainier III. The garden includes a statue of Princess Grace and features 4,000 roses. There are also palm trees, olive trees, and other plants. Visitors say the park is a great place to walk and enjoy a peaceful oasis. While at the gardens, you should also tale the time to explore Fontveille Park.

3. Thermes Marins Monte Carlo
Thermes Marins Monte Carlo translates to “The Sea Baths of Monte Carlo”, and is one of Monaco’s most beloved spas. The spa includes gyms, salons, treatment rooms, and restaurants. Treatments that are offered include underwater massages, seaweed body wraps, and anti-aging sessions. Take a dip in the indoor heated pool, or in the Jacuzzi that overlooks the harbor.

4. Palais du Prince
prince palaceThe Palais du Prince (or Prince’s Palace) is home to, well you guessed it, the prince! This lavish royal residence has been home to many royal families over the years such as Prince Rainier III and his wife, Princess Grace. Today, it is the home of Rainier’s son, Prince Albert II. Visitors have said that the palace offers incredible views, and recommend a tour of the state rooms to see what royal living is really like!

5. Museums
476168634There are two museums to visit while you are in Monaco. The first is the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. This museum and aquarium was founded by Prince Albert I, who was a sea captain, in 1910. The museum includes many of the findings from his explorations. While the aquarium is often considered one of the best in all of Europe with more than 90 tanks. The second museum you should visit is the Museum of Antique Automobiles. This museum was gifted by Prince Rainier III with his personal collection of cars. There are about 100 vehicles including racing cars, carriages, even the Rolls Royce that Grace Kelly rode in on her wedding!

Bonus: Monte Carlo Casino
511850234A visit to Monaco really isn’t complete without a trip to its capital city’s casino, Monte Carlo Casino. This casino was the inspiration for the casino in Ian Fleming’s first James Bond book, “Casino Royale”. It was also in the Bond films, “Never Say Never Again” and “Goldeneye”. Many consider it a must visit because of its grand décor and tons of different gaming options. The Casino officially opens for gaming at 2 p.m. and you must be 18 or older to enter with proper attire.

Our Insurance Specialists have the knowledge and experience to offer advice or help select the best insurance plan for your needs. Whether you are in need of travel insurance, yacht crew insurance, or life insurance, visit mhginsurance.com or call +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 for help in selecting the plan that fits you best. Safe travels!

Monaco is a place most people only dream about visiting, so make the most of it while you are there for the show!

cautionAs insurance brokers, our number one priority is to look after you, the client. Our focus is making sure you have the coverage you need, that you are taken care of, and we are ready to fight for you regarding any claims or issues you are experiencing. Since we have your best interests in mind, it is troubling when we come across other insurance brokers and agents claiming to offer MLC compliant health insurance policies, because actually there is no such thing. It is prudent to have health insurance, but there is no rule in MLC requiring you to do so. Let me explain.

What is MLC?

MLC stands for Maritime Labour Convention, and is a code that was started in 2006 that helps protect crew members who work onboard ships and other vessels. Basically it is a book of different items that ship Owners are liable for in the operation of their vessel. It was implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO), and should be followed by all commercial vessels or else face potential fines, detention or even vessel arrest. For more details on MLC, visit ILO.org for more information.

Don’t Believe the Hype

MLC does require ship owners to have some insurance in place (called Financial Security). Insurance like permanent disability, accidental death, and some other non-medical items like repatriation. But, it DOES NOT require ship owners to provide medical insurance! Where things tend to get confusing is that MLC requires ship owners to be liable for medical bills. While we highly recommend you to insure your crew so that you are not liable for the full amount of medical bills, MLC only requires you to cover the bills.

Work with Someone You Can Trust

It’s hard to count on someone that you can’t trust, so why would you leave your medical insurance to someone who does not provide you with accurate information? If a company is advertising MLC compliant insurance, do you think they have the knowledge, experience, and research capabilities to help you? Work with someone you can trust, after all there is a good chance you will be reaching out to this person or company in a time of need or desperation, make sure you can count on them.

What About Private Vessels?

As stated before, MLC is only applicable for commercially operated boats. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be offering insurance to your crew if you’re a private vessel owner. Any owner would like to attract the best crew possible, and having benefits that protect them could help to secure the best workers.

Having proper insurance is important whether you are at sea, or 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. For more information on preparing to work on a yacht, read our previous blog, “Yacht Crew Insurance Terms 101”.

There is no such thing as "MLC compliant" medical insurance, and here's why.

broker brokerIt seems as if every day we hear myths regarding insurance brokers. We often find ourselves debunking false statements and explaining to clients that they received inaccurate information. Sometimes, people or products get a bad reputation that is unwarranted, for whatever reason. So here are five common myths that may have given the term insurance brokers a bad name.

1. “Insurance brokers are more expensive”

Have you ever heard the saying, “brokers make you broker”? That saying could not be further from the truth. In contrast, working with a broker can actually save clients both time and money, in addition to frustration. Insurance brokers receive their compensation from insurers, but that does not (or should not) cloud the judgment of a good broker to recommend whatever policy is most appropriate to the situation as presented by you, the client.

2. “Insurance brokers work for the insurance company”

There are a lot of people who think that insurance brokers work for the insurance company, however again that is not correct. A broker advocates and works on your behalf. Basically, they work for you! Yes, they work with the insurance company in order to deliver proper coverage to people, however their concern should always be their clients.

3. “Insurance brokers are just a middle man”

While brokers may act as the middle man between you and the insurance company, they are so much more than just a middle man. In many cases, an insurance broker will conduct research for you, file and assist you with claims through the entire process, and work to get you the best coverage option for your situation. Often times a broker has direct connections with decision makers at insurance companies so you don’t have to sit on a 1-800 line for 20 minutes to talk to someone that doesn’t have the authority to help you.

4. “Insurance brokers can’t offer the best plans”

Insurance brokers can offer the same plans that an insurance company does, for the same premium as going straight to the insurance company. In fact, going through an insurance broker shouldy give you more value for your dollar simply because of all the added benefits that an insurance broker will perform for you.

5. “Insurance brokers aren’t as knowledgeable”

Insurance brokers are very knowledgeable. They spend all day, every day dealing with insurance. They know the industry, they live and breathe insurance, and they understand all the confusing terminology and phrases, which hopefully they can explain to you in a straightforward, no nonsense way. They also know the insurers, and the people who work there, which is a significant advantage over you calling a toll-free number and hoping for the best.

Having proper insurance is important whether you are at sea, or 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. For more information on preparing to work on a yacht, read our previous blog, “Yacht Crew Insurance Terms 101”.

Sometimes, people or products get a bad reputation that is unwarranted, for whatever reason. Insurance brokers are one of them, read more.

2jpgChoosing insurance for your crew could be a more complicated job than you originally imagined. There is a lot of research to be done, quotes to be reviewed, and conversations to be had when deciding on what the best insurance options are for your crew. After all, crew insurance is not crew insurance, there is not one solution for all. That may not make much sense, but let me explain.

Having your yacht crew covered with proper insurance goes more in depth than having just one kind of insurance, or trying to pick the best option between two policies. There are several different policies that you should consider if you are the decision maker. Whether you are a yacht Owner, yacht Captain, or the person who has been delegated the responsibility of selecting the insurance for everyone on board, we are here to help!

Medical/Health Insurance

Medical insurance can speak for itself. Many of us are familiar with it because of the amount of times that we use it. However, there are many different aspects of a plan to consider. What’s the total deductible? Is there a co-pay? What about co-insurance? Does it include dental and vision? If you feel overwhelmed, please feel free to contact us for assistance and guidance on what plan would fit your yacht crew best.

Life insurance

While having life insurance is a personal option, there are yachts that include life insurance coverage as part of their benefits package. Offering coverage for your crew may give them some assurance that if anything happens to them while they are at sea, their loved ones will be more able to cope financially back home. Typically, the coverage amount is fixed in increments of $10,000, up to $100,000.

Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Accidental death and dismemberment, also known as AD&D, is very similar to life insurance. The difference is that there is only a benefit from an accidental death, or significant dismembering injury. This type of insurance typically provides coverage 24/7, not just while at work.

Personal Accident

Personal accident is a crucial insurance policy for your crew members. Often times referred to as PA cover, personal accident insurance will pay out a sum of money for permanent injury (and sometimes permanent illness). It is often confused with medical insurance, however it doesn’t provide coverage for any medical bills or doctors’ appointments, it simply provides a one-time payment after experiencing a permanent injury.

Disability Insurance

Disability insurance is a great way to offer coverage for your crew in the event they get hurt and can’t work for a short period of time. Having this policy will cover a percentage of the person’s wages if they are unable to perform their occupation and can last for up to two years or more due to an injury or illness. If the disabling event becomes permanent, the personal accident (if purchased as above) may kick-in and pay a lump sum. 

Hospital Indemnity

Hospital indemnity insurance at first glance would make you think that it covers hospital visits, however that is not the case. Think of this type of insurance as a poor man’s disability insurance. Depending on the policy, it provides a benefit each day your crew member is in the hospital. For example, if someone was hurt on the job and had to go to the hospital, the insurance would pay that person $100 per day that they are admitted in the hospital. This doesn’t cover their hospital bills, it just provides the person with an added benefit.

Features That Are Not Features

While the above list is not exhaustive of every option and feature, one thing to note is that some insurance providers tout features that do not hold true. For example, there is no such thing as a Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) compliant yacht crew insurance. It sounds good, but it means nothing. Another thing to be wary of is a plan that says ‘unlimited coverage’. Almost always with international policies, there are restrictions and limitations on the benefits such that the ‘unlimited’ part is actually quite ‘limited’.

Having proper insurance is important whether you are at sea, or 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 atmhginsurance.com. For more information on preparing to work on a yacht, read our previous blog, “Yacht Crew Insurance Terms 101”.

Whether you are a yacht Owner, yacht Captain, or the person who has been delegated the responsibility of selecting the insurance for everyone on board, we are here to help!