(shipping/insurance) A departure from the prescribed or customary way of pursuing an intended voyage that is of enough significance to alter the insurance risk. Examples of deviation include: 1) Altering the intended route, 2) Stowage of cargo on deck when an “Under Deck” Bill of Lading has been issued, and 3) Taking goods out of transit for storage. Some insurance policies do not cover risk of loss or damage due to deviations. See deviation clause.

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