Marine Open Cover

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Marine Open Cover

Marine Open Cover is a specialized insurance policy designed to provide continuous and comprehensive coverage for shipments of goods by sea, air, or land. It offers protection for cargo against various risks and perils encountered during transit, ensuring peace of mind for importers, exporters, and logistics providers.

Key Features:

1. Continuous Coverage: Marine Open Cover provides ongoing insurance protection for multiple shipments over a specified period, eliminating the need to arrange separate insurance for each shipment.

2. Flexibility: The policy offers flexibility in coverage terms, allowing insured parties to tailor the policy to meet their specific cargo insurance requirements, including coverage limits, deductibles, and risk types.

3. Automatic Renewal: Some policies feature automatic renewal provisions, ensuring uninterrupted coverage for insured shipments without the need for frequent policy renewals or reapplications.

4. Streamlined Claims Process: In the event of a covered loss or damage, the claims process is typically streamlined, facilitating quick and efficient claim settlements to minimize disruptions to business operations.


1. Convenience: Marine Open Cover simplifies the insurance process for importers, exporters, and logistics providers by providing a single, comprehensive policy to cover multiple shipments, reducing administrative burden and paperwork.

2. Cost-Effective: By consolidating insurance coverage under a single policy, Marine Open Cover can result in cost savings for insured parties compared to arranging individual insurance for each shipment.

3. Risk Management: The policy helps mitigate financial risks associated with cargo transportation by providing protection against various perils, including loss, damage, theft, and natural disasters.

4. Business Continuity: With continuous insurance coverage in place, insured parties can maintain business continuity and customer satisfaction by ensuring timely delivery of goods and minimizing financial losses due to unforeseen events during transit.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Shippers and Exporters: Marine Open Cover is available to shippers, exporters, freight forwarders, and other parties involved in the international or domestic transportation of goods.

2. Regular Shipment Activity: Insured parties must demonstrate a consistent volume of shipments to qualify for Marine Open Cover, ensuring that the policy remains cost-effective and practical for ongoing cargo transportation needs.

3. Compliance: Insured parties must comply with relevant regulations and requirements governing cargo transportation and insurance, including customs regulations, shipping terms (Incoterms), and insurance documentation.


1. All-Risk Coverage: Protection against all risks of physical loss or damage to cargo during transit, subject to certain exclusions and limitations specified in the policy.

2. War and Strikes Risks: Optional coverage extensions for risks such as war, strikes, riots, civil commotions, and terrorism, which may not be included in standard all-risk cargo insurance policies.

3. Customs Duty Insurance: RCoverage for customs duties and taxes incurred in the event of loss or damage to insured cargo during transit, providing additional financial protection to insured parties.


1. Storage Extension: Additional coverage for cyber risks and data breaches, including protection against financial losses, data recovery expenses, and legal liabilities resulting from cyberattacks or data breaches.

2. Consequential Loss Insurance: Additional coverage for financial losses resulting from delays in transit or non-delivery of cargo due to covered perils, ensuring comprehensive protection against loss of income and additional expenses.

3. Additional Insureds: Option to include additional insured parties, such as consignees, lenders, or third-party logistics providers, under the Marine Open Cover policy, providing broader insurance coverage for all stakeholders involved in the transportation chain.


1. Uninsurable Risks: Certain risks may be excluded from coverage under Marine Open Cover, such as inherent vice or nature of the cargo, improper packing, inadequate stowage, and inherent defects in the goods.

2. Fraudulent Acts: Losses resulting from fraudulent acts, intentional misconduct, or criminal activities by the insured or related parties are typically excluded from coverage.

3. Policy Violations: Coverage may be voided or excluded for insured parties that fail to comply with policy terms, conditions, or warranties, including misrepresentations, non-disclosures, or breaches of contract.

Claim Process:

1. Notification: The insured party must notify the insurance provider promptly of any loss or damage to insured cargo during transit, providing details of the incident and supporting documentation.

2. Documentation: The insured submits a formal claim to the insurer, including a completed claim form, copies of relevant shipping documents (e.g., bill of lading, packing list), evidence of loss or damage (e.g., photographs, survey reports), and any other required documentation.

3. Assessment: The insurer conducts a thorough assessment of the claim, verifying the extent of the loss or damage, determining coverage eligibility, and evaluating compliance with policy terms and conditions.

4. Settlement: Upon approval, the insurer settles the claim by providing reimbursement or direct payment to the insured party for the covered loss or damage, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Marine Open Cover policy.

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Questions You Might Have

What are Common Warranties, Conditions and Exclusions?

Below are some general conditions or warranties attached to a marine insurance policy:
  • Rusting, oxidation, discoloration and corrosion are excluded unless caused by ICC(B) perils
  • Institute Replacement clause
  • Pair and set clause
  • Second hand Replacement clause
  • Excluding Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic derangement unless caused by ICC (B)/ITC (B) perils.
  • Over Dimensional Cargo Survey Warranty.
  • Warranted that losses due to adulteration, contamination and deterioration of quality is excluded.
  • Warranted that goods are transported in closed wagons and/or trucks to be covered with tarpaulin or any other water proof material to avoid ingress of water.
  • What is per sending Limit?

    Per Sending limit represents the maximum sum insured amount that in the event of a claim of any one consignment or shipment whilst the goods are in ordinary course of transit.

    What is sum insured?

    Sum insured is the total value of the goods in transit including freight, taxes and any other port handling charges. This is the maximum amount which is payable in the event of a total loss of the insured cargo.
    The sum insured will comprise of the following:
  • Cost of the goods either on (CIF)/FOB/C & F (Depending on the INCO term)
  • Clearing charges and internal freight
  • Customs Duty
  • What are the types of Marine claims?

    Partial Loss (Particular Average) : Particular Average means partial loss of the subject matter insured although not appearing in the Clauses directly, all three sets of ICC covers particular average in full.
    Total Loss : The goods are completely destroyed. The assured is irretrievably deprived of the goods. The goods are no longer the thing insured (loss of specie). The goods are on a ship that has been posted as missing. Total loss can be an Actual Total Loss or Constructive Total Loss.
    General Average (GA) : This occurs when the insured goods are partly or totally sacrificed in a general Average act. Provided the GA does not arise from any of the exclusions expressed in the Clauses, the underwriter is liable for the sum insured if the sacrifice results in a total loss of the goods or the proportion of the sum insured produced by applying the percentage of depreciation caused by the sacrifice to the SI, if only part of the goods is sacrificed.

    What is General Average?

    GA is a sacrifice or expenditure made or incurred by one of the parties to the maritime adventure for the purpose of saving all of the property insured in such maritime adventure”. All loss which arises in consequence of extraordinary sacrifice made or expenses incurred for the preservation of the ship and cargo comes within general average and must be borne proportionately by all who are interested)