You’re working Aboard Your Vessel And you’re involved in a marine casualty.

What you do next can mean the difference between keeping and losing your Coast Guard license, your good reputation and your career. 

When you are a MOPS policyholder, one call puts you in immediate contact with an experienced maritime attorney who will advise you what to say – and what not to say – usually before the Coast Guard even arrives to investigate.

Protect your financial security; ask about our affordable Professional Liability Coverage.

When trouble strikes, it’s easy to put MOPS to work for you. And you won’t have to worry about hidden fees because MOPS pays ALL license defense legal costs related to your covered claim.


If you are involved in a shipping incident or casualty, call MOPS immediately, any time of day or night. You don’t even need your policy number – just a contact number, location and brief description of your situation.

We’ll immediately put you in contact with the MOPS network attorney in your area.

Protect Yourself So We Can Help You

Under no circumstances should you submit any statements, verbal or written, until your MOPS attorney has spoken with you. And never agree to surrender your license to investigators. The U.S. Coast Guard will typically respect your position if you state that you have legal representation.

You’ll find a summary of these guidelines on the claims reporting wallet card issued to every MOPS policyholder.

Your Advocate from Start to Finish

From the moment of initial contact, your MOPS attorney works on your behalf at all phases of your case.

Your attorney will help you formulate your statement to USCG investigators and complete any required accident forms (e.g., CG-2692).

Depending on the nature of your case, your MOPS attorney’s representation may also include:

  • Accompanying you to depositions
  • Assistance in giving witness statements
  • Accompanying you to Administrative Court proceedings
  • Helping you respond to notices of Letters of Warning