572. Average statement.

572.     Average statement.

The shipowner is not bound to employ a professional average adjuster, and, in the absence of express contract, any average statement prepared by such an adjuster does not bind the various persons interested1. The shipowner must, however, present the average statement within a reasonable time2. If he does employ an average adjuster, it is the shipowner's duty to place before him all necessary particulars and accounts3.