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It will be noted that previous editions of this Handbook have all differed from each other. This reflected the changing stature of the Gard Club as well as the needs, demands and interests of its membership. The fourth edition edited and compiled by Simon Poland and Tony Rooth provided the first complete, practical commentary to a new series of Gard Statutes and Rules. This new edition has taken a slightly different direction once again.

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This change is in response to the continuing needs and interests of Gard’s growing, diverse membership, the increasingly complex world of the maritime industry, and to reflect further changes in Gard’s Statues and Rules. For these reasons it was pn that the new Handbook should not only contain a user friendly commentary on the most important Gard Rules, but also an outline of the legal framework within which such Rules operate.


Such a framework, which operates at international, regional and national levels, has become extremely complex and affects all aspects of modern ship operations. In fact, it is probably correct to state that public legal norms, such as those related to maritime safety, marine pollution prevention, personal injury and death, have today overtaken the previous dominance of private legal norms related to the day-to-day operation of ships and their cargoes.

Previous editions of this Handbook have also provided a full and complete listing of the Gard Statutes and Rules. Due to frequent changes these are now published in their entirety on an annual basis. Accordingly, listing them in this Handbook is unnecessary.

A Handbook for Modern Tankship Operations.

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Due to its dominance in international maritime law, English law is taken as the general point of reference in almost all areas under discussion in this Handbook. However, the increasing importance of US law, especially where it differs widely in many areas, is also given greater prominence in this edition.

This insurancs facilitated by the contributions from a number of US maritime law experts.

Wherever necessary, references to Norwegian and other national law are also made. It should be noted that this Handbook is not designed to provide definitive and final answers to gare many complex problems Gard Club members may encounter in their varied operational activities.


By its very nature, it is a Handbook that is meant to provide an introduction to the issues alone.

Many of the legal areas are only outlined and the relevant legislation, case law and treatises must be consulted for further research. Furthermore, nothing in this Handbook should be taken to affect the legal interpretation of Gard’s Statutes and Rules, or of any other relationship, whether in contract or otherwise, between members and the Association.

Gard Handbook on P&I Insurance

Ineurance a conflict arises the terms of the Association’s Statutes, Rules and existing insurance agreements will prevail. As stated many times in this Handbook, if a member has any doubts about anything, the Association should be consulted!

This Handbook is divided into seven Parts that address:. In addition, the Handbook contains a number of relevant appendices, lists of English, US, and other cases, lists of international and national legislation, other introductory material, a select bibliography, and handblok comprehensive index. The law is stated as at 15th January This Handbook is divided into seven Parts that address: