Offshore & Renewable Energy

West recognises the unique nature of risks that Members operating in the offshore and renewable energy sectors face.

These exposures are particularly pertinent to vessels involved in work of a specialist nature, including offshore construction, installation and maintenance, dredging, well- intervention, and cable or pipe laying.

For example, offshore contracts regularly require owners to assume additional liabilities over and above what they would be expected to assume under common law. These additional liabilities are not covered by standard P&I insurance, and Members require additional products to manage risks they pose.

This is why we offer a tailor-made insurance solution to cover the additional risks which sits alongside and augments standard P&I Rules cover.


Who can be insured?

We cover all vessel types used in the offshore and renewable energy industries including:

· Wind Turbine Installation Vessels

· Offshore Construction Vessels

· Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs)

· AHTS Vessels

· Offshore Support Vessels (OSVs)

· Crew Transfer Vessels (CTV)

· Dredgers

· Accommodation Units

· Well Intervention Vessels

· Cable Laying Vessels

· Dive Support Vessels

· Pipelay Barges

The Club provides a bespoke contract review service to identify where and to what extent additional cover may be required.

Additional covers available:

Extended Contractual Liability Risks:

Typical exposures encountered include:

Waiver of right to limit liability

Contractual wreck removal

Loss of or damage to Contract Works

Extended Pollution cover

Extended Towage


Naming of parties as Co-assured and Waiving Rights of Subrogation


Specialist Operations

Cover for claims arising from specialist operations which would otherwise be excluded by standard Club Rules insurance. Such operations include dredging, blasting, pile-driving, well-intervention, cable or pipe laying, construction, installation and maintenance work, core sampling, depositing of spoil, and decommissioning.

Damage to Contract Works, CAR Deductible Buy-back

Offshore and Renewable energy contracts can require the member to assume liability for loss of or damage to the property being worked upon. This generally will relate to the deductible under a head contractors CAR policy. This is often referred to as a Deductible Buy-back. The Club can provide cover for claims arising from the negligence of the member and assumed under such contracts.

Diving risks

Cover for liabilities, costs and expenses arising from the operations of professional divers when you are responsible for their activities.

Mini-submarines, Diving Bells, Saturation Diving Habitats and ROVs

Cover for liabilities arising from the operation of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), mini-submarines, diving bells and other unmanned underwater vehicles.

War Risks 

Normal P&I Rules cover provides P&I war risk cover excess of the hull value, with the primary P&I war risk up to hull value being usually covered by the Hull P&I war underwriters.

Download the brochure here

Contract Review Guide

Contact our team via offshore@westpandi.com

Your Offshore specialists

Nigel Burridge
Nigel Burridge
Senior Underwriter & Joint Head of the Middle East Team
T. +44 20 7716 6054
M. +44 7818 433431
E. Nigel.Burridge@Westpandi.com
Simon Hodgkinson
Simon Hodgkinson
Global Head of Loss Prevention
T. +44 20 7716 6058
M. +44 7985 632275
E. Simon.Hodgkinson@westpandi.com
Enam Hussain
Enam Hussain
Head of Claims (Eastern team) & Deputy Head of Product Development
T. +44 20 7716 6013
M. +44 7989 175027
E. Enam.Hussain@Westpandi.com