||The Nautical institute
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It is of the utmost importance at the time of every incident that evidence should be preserved and collated, while the facts are fresh in the minds of the witnesses. The master's role is vital - probably often as a main protagonist but also always as an authoritative 'on-the-spot' co-ordinator. Eventual success in making or defending claims will largely depend upon the vigour, with which the shipmaster performs these duties. This book will help shipmasters to act vigorously, intelligently and effectively in performing those duties. For that reason it will be an invaluable asset, which every shipmaster must have ready in his bookshelf on board. It will also be useful to those involved in preparation ashore for prosecuting, settling or defending claims...