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What are the obligations of the MCA under the VTM Regulations relating to measures to be taken in the event of exceptionally bad weather or sea conditions?

Whenever, in the event of exceptionally bad weather or sea conditions, the MCA are of the opinion, based on information provided by the Met Office, that there is (1) a serious threat of pollution in UK waters or the territorial sea of any other EEA State; or

(2) a risk to human life, the MCA will provide, whenever possible, the master of a ship intending to leave a port affected by the conditions with full details of: (a) the weather conditions and sea state; and (b) the danger the weather conditions and sea state may cause to the ship or any people or cargo on board.

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