Standard & Poor's reaffirms Gard's rating


Standard & Poor's has reaffirmed Gard's A+ (stable) financial strength rating.

Rules 2015


The Gard Rules 2015 are now available.

Website maintenance scheduled


Due to scheduled maintenance, this website will be briefly unavailable from 22:00 CET Saturday, 7 February 2015. Downtime is estimated to be 15 minutes. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Notice of Annual General Meeting


The Annual General Meeting of Assuranceforeningen Gard will be held in Arendal, Norway on Friday, 5 September 2014.

Gard Insight: The importance of Paramount Clauses


Clauses incorporated in charterparties can have wide-ranging consequences in terms of liability

Gard Insight: Shipowners’ responsibility for cargo operations


In 2004 the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court) upheld a decision (the JORDAN II) that a bill of lading carrier could rely on FIOS (free in/out stowed) terms, incorporated from a charterparty, to contract out of responsibility for loading, stowing and discharging the cargo.

Frequently Asked Questions on Suspension of Certain Extraterritorial Sanctions on Iran - 24 January 2014


Updated 12 August 2014

On January 20,2014, the United States, in conjunction with the European Union and other countries, temporarily eased certain sanctions on Iran in exchange for a halt to Iran’s nuclear development program.  The key issues for our membership are that non-US members can now transport petrochemical exports from Iran, auto parts to Iran, and there are limited easing of sanctions with respect to oil exports to certain countries.

Gard Insight: Climate change creates a new trade route - and new risks


In recent years, the changing climate has meant that the polar ice in other parts of the Arctic has, to a considerable extent, melted, giving access for commercial shipping to the Arctic basin and its coastal seas. This has created a new trade link between the continents, known as the North East Passage or the Northern Sea Route (NSR)

Transition to electronic publishing


Knowledge and learning are key to Gard’s core purpose: to help our Members and clients in the marine industries to manage risk and its consequences. We have invested significant resources in building the intellectual capital within our organisation, not only to improve our own operations, but also as a resource for our Members and clients.

Frequently asked questions: Paperless trading (Electronic bills of lading)

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The International Group of P&I Clubs has issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions in response to enquiries regarding the Group's position on the use of electronic bills of lading and their impact on P&I cover.

Gard Loss Prevention Calendar - HAVEASAFEJOURNEY 2013


Gard’s 2013 Loss Prevention Calendar is now available. It will be posted shortly to Members and clients entered with Gard for P&I or for whom Gard has hull and machinery claims lead.

RETLA clause – The SAGA EXPLORER decision


The RETLA clause is often included in bills of lading used in the steel trade and is frequently relied on by the contractual carrier to try to limit the evidential value of a clean bill of lading.

Gard’s New York office – an update


We are expecting the restoration of full communication links to Gard’s New York office early in the week commencing 26 November at which time the entire staff of Gard NA will be returning to the office.