Marine Insurance Americas

Marine Insurance Americas

Time: 18.45


Panel Discussion: Smuggling and Fines

Protecting their vessels against drug traffickers can become a full-time job in certain parts of Latin America, as drug smugglers find innovative ways to smuggle their illegal cargoes via commercial shipping. For ship owners, the costs of preventative measures can be enormous, however the cost to both owners and their insurers of carrying an illegal cargo are even higher and can vary from crews being arrested and jailed and ships stuck in port to fines, as well as penalties for the ship owner. This session uses some recent cases as examples of what can go wrong, what can be done correctly and how insurers can support their clients.

Moderator: Jason Waguespack, Managing Director, Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith


  • Guy Blackwood QC, Barrister, Quadrant Chambers
  • Claudia Botero-Gotz, Senior Lawyer, Gard
  • Ruby Hassan, Senior Claims Executive, Skuld
  • David Thompson, Investigator, Signum

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