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I am delighted to offer to our Members, clients, brokers and other business partners our Gard Guidance to the Rules which aims to give navigational aid in the sometimes complex waters of P&I and Defence insurance. The first edition of the book was published in 2008 and proved to be in demand externally as well as being a very useful reference for our own staff dealing with underwriting, claims or legal issues

Since 2008, we have periodically updated the electronic edition of the Guidance, which is available on www.gard.no. However, we felt the time was ripe to do an end-to-end review to ensure that the book was fully updated in respect of Rule changes and to address typical cover issues arising in the day-to-day underwriting or claims handling.

I am very pleased that Mr. Richard Williams again accepted the role as the main author for the book. Richard is a former partner in the London law firm of Ince & Co, and now a visiting professor and teacher of maritime law at the University of Wales, Swansea. His expertise in shipping law, writing and editorial skills as well as teamwork capabilities have again proved invaluable and deserve our greatest appreciation.

As in previous publications, Richard has worked closely with a Gard team of experienced P&I professionals, who again have reached out to their colleagues in the organisation for comments and contributions. I am very grateful and proud that Gard has so many inspired and engaged employees who, aside from their daily duties and tasks, have managed to dedicate the time needed for this project.

The GardGuidance to the Rules is our way of sharing key P&I knowledge with our Members, clients, brokers and other business partners. I hope you will all find it helpful in your work and that you do not hesitate to contact Gard if you have questions or comments.


Arendal, August 2015 

Rolf Thore Roppestad
Chief Executive Officer
Gard AS