The Nautical Institute’s “Guidelines for Collecting Maritime Evidence” has been published. The Institute said that the guide was aimed at masters, crew and managers who, after a maritime incident, might need to handle material that could be used as evidence for later legal proceedings or insurance claims.
It is designed to remove uncertainty from the task and therefore reduce the risk of seafarer criminalization. The book is a completely revised edition of The Nautical Institute’s “The Mariner’s Role in Collecting Evidence”, with a broader scope and updated content, particularly reflecting the growing importance of electronic evidence.
A state safety inspector, master, insurer, surveyor, lawyer and an arbitrator each describe evidence collection from their own point of view, explaining what material needs to be gathered and how it will be used. http://www.nautinst.org/pubs ; price £45