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Guidelines published for Marine Casualty Claims

Wednesday, 15th March 2023

The International Group’s Salvage Committee have drafted new Guidelines jointly with the Joint Marine Claims Committee (JMCC) to help improve collaboration in the handling of shipping casualties. The protocol document seeks to promote more effective communication between the parties involved that will ensure the prompt deployment of emergency responses services to vessels in distress.

Amy Dallaway, Chair of the JMCC, said: “There is clearly a huge benefit to all parties by having effective early engagement between insurers and shipowners involved in major casualties, particularly where pressing decisions are required. There are many advantages in understanding the concerns of all interested parties and this collaborative approach will result in clearer lines of communication and will assist in the efficient management of claims." 

The ‘Guidelines for casualty liaison between the JMCC and the International Group’ establish a high level structure to facilitate initial contact between London Market underwriters and individual P&I clubs. They also outline minimum details that should be sought for each case.

Ben Harris, Chair of the IG Salvage Committee, said: “The Guidelines are an important step forward, providing a clear framework for property underwriters and the International Group of P&I Clubs to work closely together in the interest of the assured in a casualty situation. By sharing information and knowledge we can ensure that all stakeholders are aware of what is happening and to the extent possible, there is joined up decision making that avoids delay and ensures the best possible response to a casualty, especially where there is a risk to life, property and the environment."

Copies of the guidelines are available here: Guidelines for marine casualty claims



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