Hull Insurance and General Average -- Some Current Issues

This Article visits some current topics of interest in the area of hull and machinery insurance and general average. It examines the imperfect indemnity that can arise when the owner of a laden cargo vessel incurs expenditure in an unsuccessful attempt to salvage it after the operation of a maritime peril; recent developments in the evolution of the York-Antwerp Rules where, for the first time, we have two versions, the 1994 Rules and the 2004 Rules, existing in parallel with each other; the emerging phenomenon of pirates hijacking vessels for ransom; and the increasing trend towards absorbing general average up to a certain, previously agreed threshold under hull and machinery insurance policies.