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In the situation in the previous question, what action should the master take where a seaman refused to sign on the new Crew Agreement?

The master should: (1) enter the seaman’s details on the ALC 1(b) as a seaman who is not a party to the Crew Agreement; 

(2) arrange for the seaman to be repatriated (at the employer’s expense) from the next convenient port, and (3) sign the seaman off the ALC 1(b) on arrival. The seaman should be treated like any other seaman who completes his contractual duties whilst outside the UK. No master or employer can force any seaman to sign on for another 12 months!

 

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