What are the functions of a P&I club correspondent?

To attend a member’s vessel when requested by the master or ship’s agent in order to protect the member’s interests, and to report any occurrence likely to result in a claim on the club to the club’s managers. 

The correspondent will appoint surveyors to inspect damage, etc. and may be instructed by the club to offer a letter of undertaking in cases of possible liability. In most cases, e. g. where there has been pollution following a bunkering accident, or jetty damage caused by a ship, this will avert the need for a bond to be posted in order to avoid arrest.


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