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By Emil Weatherhead Breistein

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We are looking for service-minded, positive and reliable individuals to fill these roles.The successful applicants will be based in the office one day a week throughout the 12-month appointment and be...

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A Tribute To Our Reinsurers


From being a modest player in the market 20 years ago, Norwegian Hull Club has developed into a leading international player in the marine insurance field. This would not have happened without the tre...

New legislation from Panama re Private Security Companies


For the time being only a few companies have been approved by the Panamanian officials. The date of the new legislation enters into force will be advised. NHC will be at service for customers who migh...

Lessons learned - major structural damage to bulkers and tankers


A bulker insured by NHC suffered significant damage to the hatch covers, fore and aft coamings and main deck in way of the hatches, due to the forces created by the vacuum in a ballast hold when balla...

Anniversary Seminar at Radisson Hotel Bryggen, Bergen - Photo: Øyvind Ganesh

Mutuality from different perspectives


NHC Chairman and lawyer Hans Olav Lindal gave the opening remarks with a short introduction on what has made the concept of mutuality survive for so long. Mr. Lindal stated that of the main reasons is...

Safety Climate Seminar in Bergen


State Secretary Per Rune Henriksen of the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy opened the seminar and took the opportunity to praise the safety culture in the Norwegian petro-maritime industry....

Casualty Response Guidelines

Norwegian Hull Club recently published a new edition of its H&M Casualty Response Guidelines. You can always access the latest version on our website, and searchable lists of correspondents and vessels that are updated every night.We hope you appreciate this new opportunity to access the latest version of CRG at any time.

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Advice to the Master in Case of Average

In the following pages we will address a few key issues. The content is abbreviated and is by no means complete, and primarily intended for the initial phase of a situation. As stated above, company procedures always take precedence, but we trust that the content may serve as a useful supplement to company procedures in an emergency situation.   Notifications When a casualty has occurred or is imminent, the owners are to be notified immediately. To notify the vessel's H&M insurers please c...

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Salvage

When a casualty has occurred, the Leading Underwriter’s experience, contacts in salvage companies in all waters and network of agents are at the Master’s disposal. Co-operation with the Owners and Leading Underwriter should be established as early as possible.  This co-operation and assistance that can be rendered from shore must be based on information from the vessel. Send a complete report to the Owners as soon as possible, detailing all information that may be of importance in assessi...

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General Average

General Average law is codified in the York-Antwerp Rules, and has ancient traits. The YAR rules define GA as follows: "There is a general average act when, and only when, any extraordinary sacrifice or expenditure is intentionally and reasonably made or incurred for the common safety for the purpose of preserving from peril the property involved in a common maritime adventure." The property involved in a common maritime adventure is typically vessel, cargo and bunkers. Examples of General Ave...

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Collision

Technical evidence from for example VDR, VTS, GPS, RADAR, ECDIS and machinery/engine control systems has become increasingly important. This evidence can be lost if it is not properly saved. The vessel should have pre-planned procedures for saving such data. If not, the manufacturer should be contacted immediately. However, it is still important that the crew witnessing a collision write down their observations as soon as possible. This should be done prior to discussing with other crew members...

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