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Navigational claims not falling despite technology Featured

Lars Malm Lars Malm The Swedish Club

Marine insurance company The Swedish Club reports that navigational claims such as collisions, contacts and groundings have remained at consistent levels despite advances in technology and safety systems.

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In its latest publication, Navigational Claims, The Swedish Club looked at claims made for hull and machinery damage between 2004 and 2013. It found that figures for insurance claims over this period were steady, even though technology on board ships has evolved significantly, and safety regulations have become more stringent.

The Swedish Club attributes this to procedures not being properly followed by crew members and officers not communicat­ing with each other properly, as well as poor communication between vessels, and a lack of situational awareness.

“Being able to identify the reasons for navi­gational claims is invaluable for masters and shipowners,” says Lars Malm, director, strategic business development & client relationship for The Swedish Club.

“This report shows that most claims can be prevented by simply ensuring that all crew follow proper procedures and consult with each other before making major decisions.”

The report uses case studies to illustrate how accidents occur, detailing the chain of events leading up to incidents, and how better planning and communication can often prevent them. 

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