Does any person or organisation have the right to overrule the master’s decisions relating to the safety and security of the ship?


SOLAS regulation XI-2/8.1 provides as follows:ย “The master shall not be constrained by the Company, the charterer or any other person from taking or executing any decision which, in the professional judgement of the master, is necessary to maintain the safety and security of the ship. This includes denial of access to persons (except those identified as duly authorized by a Contracting Government) or their effects and refusal to load cargo, including containers or other closed cargo transport units.”


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