Marine Artisan Insurance is an important niche within the Recreational Marine Insurance market. With few companies offering adequate coverage and claims response for this segment, the ABYC Marine Artisan Program, underwritten by Great American Insurance company and administered by Starkweather & Shepley offers comprehensive coverage tailored specifically for the ABYC Marine Artisan. The program offers the following coverage solutions: Marine General Liability, Marina Operators Legal Liability, Protection & Indemnity, Tools & Equipment, & Owned Watercraft into ONE policy. Workers Compensation, Auto, Property and Pollution may be added to broaden coverages.
The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has been the leader within the marine industry in developing industry-wide certifications for people working in the industry. Currently the certifications ABYC offers are marine electrical, marine corrosion, diesel engines, gasoline engines, standards knowledge, marine systems, AC and refrigeration and composite boat builder. The ABYC is currently developing a new certification that will address issues related to accident investigation, and the development of that certification is being funded by a grant from the US Coast Guard.
The unique thing about the ABYC industry certifications is that they work with a group known as NOCTI (National Occupational Competency Testing Institute) in developing the programs. NOCTI is highly regarded globally and a NOCTI certification is even regarded within the US legal system as a validating credential in matters involving any litigation. Other certifying groups within the marine industry don’t offer that level of credential because they have not bothered to go through the NOCTI rigor in their program development.