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Movie Boat

A comprehensive marine property & liability insurance program providing coverage for boats, barges, platforms, marinas, docks, wharves and piers used in film.


Available coverages include:

Hull & Machinery Damage to vessels.
Protection & Indemnity Protection & Indemnity, Charterer’s Legal Liability, running Down Clause, Pollution, Wharfinger’s Liability, Worldwide coverage.
Excess Liability Total policy limits available up to 10,000,000.
Inland Marine Rented Equipment, Owned Equipment, Negative & Faulty Stock.

Eligible Productions

The following represents a list of eligible production types.

  • "The Making of" Videos
  • Animation
  • Commercial
  • Community TV Interview
  • Corporate Video
  • Demo Reel Shoot
  • Digital Video
  • Direct Sale Videos
  • Director's Reel
  • Documentary
  • Editing
  • Educational & Training Film
  • Experimental Film
  • Feature Film
  • Festival Reel
  • Film Promotion
  • Independent Feature, Low Budget
  • Industrial
  • Infomercial
  • Instructional Video
  • Live Action Shot
  • Miscellaneous Production
  • Motion Picture
  • Music Video
  • Non Airing Pilot
  • Photography Shoot
  • Pick-up Shoot
  • Point of Sale Video
  • Post-production
  • Pre-production
  • Promotional Video
  • Public Access Program
  • Public Service Announcement
  • Reality Based TV Show
  • SAG Experimental
  • SAG Limited Exhibition
  • SAG Modified Low Budget
  • Sales Video
  • Short Film
  • Soap Opera
  • Spec Commercial
  • Spec Production
  • Television Pilot
  • Television Series
  • Television Special
  • Thesis Film
  • Trailer
  • Training Video
  • Video Biography
  • Video Game Shoot
  • Video Location Survey
  • Video Shoot (Miscellaneous)

Coverage Definitions

Hull and Machinery

Hull and Machinery protects the owners and production companies with an insurable interest in the vessels for repairing or replacing damaged, destroyed or lost property.

Protection & Indemnity

Protection & Indemnity is required when the insured is responsible for operating the vessel. It protects the insured against:

  1. liability for specified types of bodily injury or property damage and
  2. certain unexpected vessel related exposures and disbursements.

Principal liabilities include:

  • Loss of life, personal injury and sickness of the vessel crew, production crew and third parties;
  • damage to cargo on board the vessel;
  • damage to piers, docks, jetties, and other fixed objects;
  • damage to other vessels and their cargo caused otherwise than by collision with the other vessel;
  • inadvertently incurred fines and penalties because port rules were violated;
  • expenses incurred when the law requires that a wrecked vessel be removed;

Collision Liability (aka Running Down Clause) is included and covers damage caused by collision with another vessel.

Towers' liability is included and provides coverage for the object being towed and any cargo aboard the tow.

Jones Act coverage is included and extends coverage for causes of action by seamen against their employers measured by the Federal Liability Act. Insurance coverage under these Federal Acts is much broader than traditional workers compensation policies.

Charterer's Liability

Charterer's Liability is required when the insured is not responsible for operating the vessel.

Wharfinger's Liability

Wharfinger's Liability covers the liabilities of parties that operate or control a dock, pier or marina.

Eligible States

The Abacus Movie Boat program is currently available for clients located in the indicated states. Hover over each state for a list of lines of business available.

The content displayed on this website is for informational purposes only and is not an offer for insurance. To apply for insurance, contact your broker.
Coverages referenced on this website may not be available in all territories and may vary depending on the exposure. Minimum premiums may vary by state.

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