Where the authorized officer so directs, or where the master is required to make a report under Regulation 13 (see Preparations for health clearance in Section H), no person other than the pilot, a customs officer, or an immigration officer, may, without the permission of the authorized officer, board or leave a ship until free pratique has been granted, and the master must take all reasonable steps to secure compliance with this requirement.

A Draught of Water and Freeboard Notice (MCA form MSF 2004, formerly FRE 13). The master must enter on it the ship's assigned freeboards and the particulars of loading, including: date and place of loading; actual draughts (forward, aft and mean); mean freeboards (actual and corrected); signatures of the master and an officer.