Today, May 15 2018, new requirements regarding mandatory third party liability insurance, strict liability in case of personal injury and loss of pendant as well as wider options for confiscation of vessels have come into force.
In April, the Danish parliament passed a bill intended to increase safety at sea. The new rules require you to have a third party liability insurance in cases of injury, loss of pendant or property damage.
If you are covered by an insurance, you are not allowed to operate a speedboat or personal watercraft. Also, you must have a certificate documenting proper insurance coverage.
The mandatory third party liability insurance is introduced to ensure greater certainty of compensation for the injured party when accidents involving speedboats, personal watercrafts and similar vessels occur.
The regulations do not only cover Danish speedboats and personal watercrafts. Foreign vessels that enter Danish waters must also have insurance. If a vessel does not already have the proper insurance, it is possible to purchase short-term insurance.
Specifically, the rules include the following elements:
- The third party liability insurance must include compensation in accordance with the Danish merchant shipping act for all damages that involve personal watercrafts and speedboats.
- The third party liability insurance must include compensation up to the limit stated in the Danish merchant shipping act (approximately 27 million DKK for personal injury and 13.5 million for property damage).
- Strict liability covers personal injury and loss of pendant. This will give the injured party the best possible terms as compensation is not dependent upon the specific actions of the vessel operator.
- The options for confiscation of a vessel have been improved, among other things due to reckless behaviour at sea. Thus, the consequences for those who put others at risk become more severe.