Unless a private settlement is made between finder and property owner, the award is decided by a civil court having Admiralty jurisdiction.
A code number for the applicable control action. Examples are: 10: Deficiency rectified; 15: Rectify deficiency at next port; 16: Rectify deficiency within 14 days; 17: Master instructed to rectify deficiency before departure; 18: Rectify non-conformity within 3 months; 19: Rectify major non-conformity before departure; 30: Grounds for detention; 40: Next port of call informed; 50: Flag State/consul informed; 70: Classification society informed; 85: Investigation of contravention of discharge provisions in MARPOL.
He should follow the average adjuster's advice, which will normally be to obtain Average Bonds and Guarantees on all sound cargo being discharged after the general average act, and to accumulate evidence required for the adjustment. The adjuster will make an estimate of the total value of the loss or damage and advise the shipowner of the rate of contribution required from each party.
When a classification society's surveyor can confirm to the society's committee that his/her recommendations have been carried out to his/her satisfaction, and that he/she considers the ship to be in a fit and efficient condition to continue her voyage. An Interim Certificate of Class is a form of certificate of seaworthiness. (Some societies use that or another name. )
Normally, the party who has made an extraordinary sacrifice or expenditure to avoid a peril (and who needs to recoup his loss), which in most cases is the shipowner. If ship and cargo have both been saved by a jettison of cargo, however, it may be the owner of the jettisoned cargo who appoints an average adjuster and declares general average. Generally, the party to the adventure who requires contributions from the other parties will be the one who appoints the adjuster, and the adjuster will give guidance on making a declaration.