Tankers Insurance

A large haul tanker on a highway
A large haul tanker on a highway

Volatile loads require careful attention and special safeguards. Entrance and exit ramps, bumpy roads, and sudden stops can cause contents to shift and compromise your control of the vehicle. In the worst cases, this can lead to disaster for your driver, your company, and your surroundings.

What kind of coverage do tanker trucks and trailers need?

With a shortage of qualified drivers and the hazards of volatile material, tankers are not only at risk of collision (like other types of trucks) but could also face particularly severe consequences if things go wrong.

We’ve developed a policy tailored to tanker trailer operators.

When can tanker insurance come to your rescue?

Your tanker insurance should be broad enough to respond in a range of situations that could arise between point A and point B, but also deep enough to ease the costly burden of a covered loss. Here are a few scenarios where specific features can come into play.

Hazardous cargo can go up in smoke before you know it

When you haul pressurized cargo – like a liquid propane tanker – you may be more vulnerable to loss. For instance, a puncture or heat source could lead to fire or explosion, endangering your driver and others on the road and potentially leaving you with a total loss of cargo.

A regular business insurance policy could fall short in this case, but cargo insurance would help cover you for the damages or loss. This help from your policy could mean the difference between a financial annoyance and financial disaster.

A collision can be catastrophic for other drivers

A collision involving a tank trailer can have a severe impact on several parties. Imagine this: you’re in charge of a liquid bulk transfer, and the high centre of gravity and sloshing cargo within interferes with your ability to steer. A violent shift in weight causes your tanker to rollover into traffic.

Dealing with the damage to your cargo is one thing; dealing with potentially severe damage to surrounding vehicles can quickly escalate the problem. If your tanker damages other vehicles, you’d look to your commercial automobile coverage to help cover the costly consequences.

Commercial Truck Filings

Proving that you have enough liability insurance to meet all federal requirements isn’t an option – it’s a necessity. That’s why we help complete and expedite federal filings for our customers who do business in the U.S.

Plans change, and last-minute arrangements can be stressful. When you’re short on time, we can get things moving right away, arranging your financial proof of responsibility quickly so you can stay on track without risking a penalty when you cross the border.

Need more? No problem.

We have other handy coverages for tanker operators, like our Select Endorsement: this extends coverage to include your operations as a freight forwarder or load broker.

When you deal with shipping contracts, you’ll welcome the features of this coverage, including Declared Value of Cargo, Brands and Labels, and Control of Salvage. Your broker can walk you through all the advantages of Select Endorsement.

Managing Risk

Insurance plays an important role, but it’s not everything – you can lean on our industry expertise, library of focused resources, and confident guidance to take your protection and loss prevention to the next level.

The Northbridge Risk Services team is the most experienced in the transportation industry. Our goal is to share with you the tools and resources that will help you identify risks along with opportunities that can add greater value and help improve your bottom line.

Each year, our team conducts over 5,000 risk assessments and service calls for Canadian businesses. We’re committed to serving our customers onsite and offsite, applying our expertise wherever – and whenever – it may be needed.

Risk consulting and advisory is at the heart of our service. Ongoing industry-specific consultations, Collision Trend Analysis, and hazard analysis add significant value to the insurance programs tailored to customers in the transportation industry.

Our High-Risk Driver Program delivers tangible benefits like reduced violations, increased intervention options for high-risk driver management, and the ability to recognize opportunities to change unsafe behaviors.

What happens during a risk assessment? Take a look at what you can expect.

Northbridge offers a number of specialized training courses and programs, from customized Safety Manager Workshops to defensive driving and safety seminars, like our FACTS driving programs.

The Northbridge Risk Services training center has something for every fleet. Connect with our Risk Services consultants for more information about our training offerings.

We know hands-on help is important, but we also want to give our customers the tools they need to help themselves from the very start.

Our library of Risk Insights, along with safety management guides and forms, outline industry best practices and provide safety tips to help you better manage and control risk across your operation.

Resources for Transportation & Logistics Services

* Legal Assist not provided for criminal, personal or insurance issues, do not provide representation in legal proceedings or legal fees coverage, and provided by Assistenza International, through lawyers licensed in your jurisdiction. Risk Management Assist provided by our Risk Services specialists and are intended to augment your internal safety, compliance and risk management practices, and are not a substitute for professional or legal advice. Trauma Assist provided by independent third-party professionals, long-term and specialized counseling not included. Cyber Assist provided by CyberScout services are not included in any cyber extension or endorsements. Services are not an insurance policy, not all policies are eligible, contact us for details.

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