Waiver of recourse against the construction site: what does the policy say?

With our expert we analyze a technical issue that could cause a “headache” for the shipowner

The Boat Body Policy is sometimes a difficult topic for the uninitiated. With Michele Arrigazzi, owner of the Milan-based brokerage firm David Assicurazioni, we analyze the waiver of recourse clause against the boatyard where the boat does its storage period. What is it all about?

Michele Arrigazzi of David Insurance

The boatyards where boats are stored are bound to want to protect themselves” Arrigazzi explains. “It happens that when we enter into a contract with a construction site it asks us whether our Bodies policy, to distinguish it from the compulsory liability, has a clause waiving recourse against the construction site in the event of a claim“.

Would the shipowner be less protected?The shipowner vis-à-vis claims that may occur in the shipyard is protected by his body policy, since it covers inoperative storage, not just damage in navigation. If a fire breaks out and the boat is damaged we will be covered for the cost of restoration, and at the same time the boatyard will have insurance coverage that will protect it from damage to the structure“.

So why is it useful to have the waiver of recourse as a policy option?It is because boatyards might refuse to accommodate our boat; in the event of a claim, such as an accidental fire triggered by that boat, they would run the risk of having to take out their own, onerous fire policy to cover expenses that they may perhaps be unable to bear. A legal dispute would ensue, between the shipowner and the shipyard, resulting in a passing of the buck“.

With the waiver of recourse included we will have coverage from our policy and no litigation with the construction site, the insurance company will not go to recover from it the amount of the settlement. David Insurance in the marine field offers all risk policies, which also include this guarantee, so to avoid unnecessary ‘headaches’ for shipowners.


To get more information about David Insurance’s Body Policy, simply go to www.davidassicurazioni.it or type in www.assicuralatuabarca.it directly to get an initial quote automatically. Experts will answer your questions directly, and in a short time you can have a customized project. Type, age, use, flag, and value of the indicated boat are the key factors for a tailor-made offer that can be obtained in a short time.




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