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The Defence cover insures shipowners for legal and other costs incurred in establishing and defending claims.

Defence cover for disputes in relation to the operation of a ship

  • Defence covers legal and other costs for the multitude of disputes that can arise under shipping contracts, such as contracts of affreightment, charterparties and bills of lading. These include disputes relating to:
  • The loading, stowing, trimming or discharge of the cargo
  • The loss of, damages to, and delays suffered by, a ship
  • Property damage, personal injury or loss of life
  • Repairs or deliveries to a ship
  • Ship agency or brokerage
  • Delay of the ship

Pre-delivery Defence cover

  • Gard’s Pre-delivery Defence cover responds to pre-delivery disputes that arise in connection with the building, purchase or mortgaging of a ship.
  • Typical pre-delivery disputes relate to whether the ship meets the agreed build specifications or whether the ship is delivered on time. Further, we often see disputes concerning terms of payment and mortgage arrangements
  • Gard’s Defence lawyers are experienced in the handling of these kind of disputes and we stand ready to assist.

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