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What is a master entitled to do if he finds a port is unsafe, for example due to a greatly insufficient depth of water?

He can refuse to enter. 

Unless there is specific agreement to the contrary, the master is always entitled to refuse to enter a port which his vessel cannot safely reach without first lightening in a roadstead or other port, even if it is a customary method of discharge at the port. He should contact his owners and note protest at the first opportunity. (Neap tides will not make a port unsafe.)

 

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