Forty years is a considerable amount of time in any case, but for the marine pollution liability industry, it’s an entire lifetime. WQIS, which essentially founded the industry in 1971, is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2011 with signature moments taking place throughout the year.
The anchor event was a cocktail party at The Public House in New York’s midtown. Attended by close to 300 industry professionals, it was a veritable who’s-who of the marine industry. “We wanted an event that was simple and elegant, but that really said ‘thank you’ to all of those in attendance, as they’re the ones who have helped us reach this milestone,” said Richard Hobbie, President of WQIS.
“This is a big deal for us,” said Russ Brown, Executive Vice President of WQIS. “As a company, we’ve been part of the industry since day-one, and to this day, our leadership role is something we take very seriously. This forty-year history is something we take great pride in.”
Another key event of this anniversary year for WQIS has been the release of the company's new policy form for 2011. The purpose of this update, which has been in progress for nearly two years, is to enhance coverage where gaps existed, improve organization, provide simplification, enhance competitive position and adjust to recent legal decisions. The WQIS Worldwide Vessel Pollution Policy Form 2011 was first issued on June 1, 2011. Visit www.wqis.com for details on the new policy form.