Products 09 Dec, 2020

West Diversification Overview

An overview of each of the acquired businesses of West P&I.  


Nordic Marine Insurance was founded in Stockholm in 2012 and is an approved insurance company by the Swedish FCA, as well as being a cover holder at Lloyd’s. Their core business is Fixed Premium Primary Delay Insurance which covers the loss of an agreed daily insured amount for delays following named perils within the traditional 14 day deductible of a Loss of Hire insurance.

Nordic website:

These named perils fall into 3 categories:

  1. P&I Perils
  2. H&M PerilsWhich formed together cover Ship Related Perils and are predominately of interest to shipowners 
  3. Shoreside Perils are normally of interest to the charterers of the vessel or those owners that trade their vessels predominately on the “Spot” market.


A joint venture bringing together the expertise of C Solutions and the global reach of West to create innovative products and services to assist ship operators throughout the voyage cycle. Full information is available at

There are currently 6 products, with more in development.

Qwest website: 

Qwest Legal

This is a legal advice line giving unlimited 24 hour advice on maritime contracts - pre and post fixture - from qualified lawyers and maritime professionals. There is also the ability to purchase legal costs insurance up to $1m.

Qwest Shipmanagers

This is a Qwest Legal product designed specifically for professional ship managers who might have need for advice on contractual disputes not covered by their current insurers.

Qwest Claims

A flexible claims handling service designed to respond to a need for advice and hands on handling of all types of marine claims where the ship operator has no other source of help – i.e. it is not covered by a traditional insurance by reason of scope of cover or deductible. Or out sourcing to a ship operator who does not have the skills or expertise in house.

Qwest Care

When a marine casualty occurs, much of the damage – the loss of life, personal injury, property damage and operational disruption – is apparent in tangible form. Other less tangible forms of damage, such as crew stress and trauma and the effects they can have on a return to normal operations, are less visible.

Qwest Forensics

Three areas of advice are available from a team of experienced law enforcement and intelligence officers. This includes, asset tracing, counterparty due diligence and investigation into specific incidents on board ship and expert evidence.

Qwest Demurrage

A service offering timely and expert Demurrage claim preparation and presentation. And the ability to finance the claims to assist cashflow during the contractual payment period.


West partnered with Astaara, a cyber risk services company dedicated to providing integrated, holistic risk management solutions for the maritime industry.

Astaara website: 

Unlike other providers who only offer services or products to tackle discrete pieces of the complete cyber threat, Astaara - through its flagship offering AstaaraCyber - provides a complete risk management solution for shipowners, the offshore industry and port operators. 

In the traditional marine insurance market, cyber cover - where it is available - has to be purchased separately across different lines. Business Interruption is often not a covered risk and there may be no cover available for shoreside operations. By contrast, with AstaaraCyber:

  • Cover is available for all a client’s business, including shoreside
  • All areas of cyber are insured in one place
  • Defence & Remediation is covered
  • Loss of Revenue/Business Interruption is available
  • Physical loss and Liabilities are also covered