Having agreed in principle to giving a disabled vessel a tow, what should be the assisting shipmaster’s considerations?

(1) Has an agreement to salvage under LOF 2011 terms been made?

 (2) Has a port of destination or place of safety been agreed? (If near the UK it is preferable to tow a vessel here rather than to a European port.) (3) Have the owners and charterers been notified so that additional hull insurance can be arranged if necessary? (4) Are proper records of all events and circumstances to date being kept?


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