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How can the local correspondent of a ship's P&I club be useful to the master?

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By giving the master advice in any situation which may result in the owners making a claim on the club, e. g. cargo problems, bill of lading problems, discovery or escape of stowaways, a bunker fuel spillage, a personnel accident on board, or anything else covered by the owner's entry with the club.

 Correspondents are there to protect the owners' interests and reduce their liabilities wherever possible. A master should consult the local P&I club correspondent when in any doubt as to the correct action to take, especially where the local law may require a particular procedure.

 

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