Welcome to Vessel Pilots.

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Even after dozens of safe passages, waterways remain unpredictable.

On the sea, you want to spot, measure, and minimize potential risks to vessel, cargo, and crew. Durham & Bates does the same for you before, during, and after every journey.

As a shipping vessel pilot, you face some of the most unique liabilities in any business or enterprise.

Our pilot groups work with bulk carriers, container ships and cruise lines, often with diverse international crews on board. With exposures related to geography, regulatory requirements and sensitive environmental areas, pilot groups can confront risks with every operation.

Our team understands this incredibly specialized area of insurance.

We create comprehensive solutions that align with various state, federal, and international regulations to address pilot operations, including:

  • Legal liabilities
  • License defense insurance
  • Loss of income
  • Fines and penalties
  • Criminal acts (pollution) defense
  • Excess liabilities
  • Pilot vessel insurances

Learn more about our expertise in the area of vessel pilot protection and risk management.

In the U.S., there are 25 Pilotage Acts to be aware of when it comes to piloting responsibilities.

Leading our Vessel Pilots line:

Sean McCarthy

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Stacey Kramer

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Katrina Green

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