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General Average

General Average is an internationally recognised system of casualty management where intentional losses or expenses are shared and paid for by all those involved in the common maritime adventure.

Our job as General Average Adjusters is to:

  • Identify the General Average situation and advise the parties on all the steps that need to be taken in managing the General Average
  • Organise the process of collection of General Average security from the contributing interests. On a modern container vessel this can mean dealing with thousands of Bills of Lading
  • Prepare the adjustment according to the terms of the relevant contract of affreightment evidenced in the bill of lading or charterparty
  • Collect contributions due under the adjustment.

We also advise owners on special General Average clauses to be included in their Hull & Machinery policies which avoid the necessity of collecting General Average security on smaller casualties.

Our global network deals with the adjustment of General Average worldwide. In particular we have offices in locations such as London, New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo in order to comply with charterparty provisions concerning place of adjustment of General Average.

Key Contacts

Richard Cornah
Chairman

Tel +44 151 235 5554
Mobile +44 7785 948 830
Email richard.cornah@rhl-ct.com

Oliver Hutchings
Managing Director, Marine

Tel +44 203 320 8885
Mobile +44 791 772 2761
Email oliver.hutchings@ctplc.com

Andrew Slade
Director – Head of Marine Hull, London

Tel +44 20 7398 5354
Mobile +44 7585 888 454
Email andrew.slade@ctplc.com

Amy O'Neill
Managing Director, Liverpool

Tel +44 151 235 5557
Mobile +44 7884 114 178
Email amy.o'neill@rhl-ct.com

Cory Chow
Deputy Managing Director, North Asia

Tel +852 2399 6138
Mobile HK: +852 92664409 China: +86 147-1440-6860
Email cory.chow@ctplc.com

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Introduction to Hull Claims

The nature of ships and the trades they ply gives rise to a wide variety of risks and exposes both the ship itself and those that run them to a multitude of different types of losses. Marine hull insurance, possibly the oldest type of insurance, steps in to combat the effect of these losses, and is a means by which shipowners can manage their risk. This publication gives an initial introduction to marine hull claims, and the role that average adjusters play.

An adjusters’ note on the supreme court decision in “The Longchamp” 

This case involved a chemical tanker that was seized on 29 January 2009 by Somali pirates. A ransom demand of US$6 million was made by the pirates. After negotiation, a final ransom of US$1.85 million was agreed on 22 March 2009 and the vessel was released.

An adjusters’ note on substituted expenses and ransom payments – “The Longchamp”

The Court of Appeal has reversed the 2014 High Court judgement that crew wages and fuel consumed during lengthy ransom negotiations with Somali pirates could be allowed as general average under Rule F of the York Antwerp Rules. This article provides insight into both the High Court and Court of Appeal decisions, and clarifies the test for establishing an allowance under Rule F.

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