Caribbean News: Pantaenius Offer Yacht Insurance For U.S. Yachts Traveling To Cuba

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Pantaenius Offer Yacht Insurance Coverage for U.S. Yachts Traveling to Cuba

Due to American laws prohibiting American companies from paying U.S. dollars to Cuban government entities or individuals, no U.S. marine insurance companies were authorized to offer coverage.


Pantaenius America Ltd., is now offering coverage for American yacht owners who wish to take their boats to Cuba.

Though a mere 90 miles from the coast of Florida, Cuba has been off limits to most U.S. yacht owners for over fifty years. But last fall, as relations continued to thaw between the U.S. and Cuban governments, American citizens with a legitimate reason to travel to Cuba were granted the right to do so by boat. A major hurdle stood in their way, however. Due to American laws prohibiting American companies from paying U.S. dollars to Cuban government entities or individuals, no U.S. marine insurance companies were authorized to offer coverage.

“Several months ago, our legal team petitioned the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), seeking approval for our company to write insurance for U.S. citizens allowed to travel to Cuba by boat and to pay claims that occurred in Cuban waters,” reports Cary Wiener, president of Pantaenius America Ltd.

“Pantaenius now has the green light and has become the first U.S. yacht insurance provider to offer coverage to  American citizens traveling in Cuban waters.”

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Pantaenius America can now add Cuba to its existing navigation areas for Florida and the Caribbean. “Applicants for coverage to Cuba will be required to affirm that they will abide by U.S. regulations and that they qualify for one of the 12 general licenses that allow U.S. citizens to travel legally to Cuba for up to 14 days,” Wiener says.

Coverage to Cuba will be limited to yachts valued at $200,000 or more. For a quote and more information, visit: www.pantaenius.com/CUBA

Gary Brown
Gary E. Brown is the Editorial Director of All At Sea Caribbean. He is a presenter on Island 92, 91.9 FM, St. Maarten, and the author of the thriller/sailing adventure Caribbean High. For more information, visit: garyebrown.net