Does any person or organisation have the right to interfere with the master’s decisions when planning a voyage or during a voyage?

It depends on what the master’s decisions relate to.ย 

SOLAS regulation V/34.1 provides that the owner, the charterer, the company operating the ship as defined in regulation IX/1, or any other person shall not prevent or restrict the master of the ship from taking or executing any decision which, in the master’s professional judgement, is necessary for safety of life at sea and protection of the marine environment.


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