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When Your USCG License is on the Line, Relationships Matter

Posted to Maritime Reporter (by on May 22, 2023

We all know the saying “relationships matter.” It is applicable to just about all areas of personal and business life. And, it certainly pertains to the insurance company you choose to protect your USCG marine license and professional reputation.

As a U.S. mariner, any incident—from a close call to a major collision—can spark the Coast Guard to initiate a Suspension & Revocation (S&R) proceeding against you, leading to costly legal expenses and jeopardizing your career. MOPS Marine License Insurance provides pre-paid legal defense in such a proceeding.

For the best chance of achieving a favorable outcome in your case, your insurance carrier must have a strong relationship with the attorneys in its network. In fact, the stronger the relationship, the more you benefit since this collaboration produces a collection of knowledge and skill not available through just one party or the other.

At MOPS Marine License Insurance, that relationship starts with a stringent vetting process in which we confirm that each attorney meets a certain set of requirements before he or she may represent you. After all, your mariner’s license and your livelihood are at stake. So, it’s crucial that we only put you in touch with an attorney who understands the intricacies of maritime law and routinely represents mariner’s interests in S&R hearings.

Another connection that matters when it comes to protecting your USCG license is your attorney’s relationship in the local port…which can take time to develop. Admiralty lawyers who specialize in marine license defense have first-hand experience interacting with the USCG and their state pilotage authority, so they will already have a solid understanding of how these government bodies operate. These attorneys will also know the best arguments, as well as the best defense strategy, for handling your particular case.

As a professional mariner, it’s not always smooth sailing. That’s why you need a marine license insurance policy from MOPS. MOPS has spent decades fostering relationships with attorneys who have the right background and knowledge to represent your interests in S&R proceedings. MOPS has over eighty-five years of experience safeguarding professional mariners and a network of more than 100 highly-qualified admiralty law firms with offices in every major U.S. port and satellite locations throughout the country. Because, when it comes to protecting your USCG license, your professional reputation and your career…Relationships Matter.

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