UK Club has noted that, with Covid-19 restrictions on travel and port operations, UK Club Members might be required to deviate from normal voyage routes to exchange crew.
It said that geographic deviations could put a shipowner at risk of losing certain defences or rights of limitation when facing cargo claims, resulting in additional cargo liabilities which would fall outside normal mutual cover under the Rules.
To address this issue, the Club has decided to offer all UK Club mutual Members an additional cover for any cargo liabilities that arise solely due to deviations for crew changes.
It said that, while the Club could not cover operational costs such as fuel or loss of time, the additional deviation insurance could help facilitate crew changes.
The addition cover is offered at no additional premium. Members wishing to apply for the additional cover please should contact their Underwriting Department contact.