In deciding whether to accept salvage assistance, what circumstances should the master of a disabled ship take account of?

(1) The safety of personnel;Β 

(2) proximity to the shore or shoal water; (3) weather and sea conditions; (4) current and tide; (5) the nature of the sea bed and shoreline; (6) the potential for safe anchoring; (7) the availability of assistance; (8) any damage already sustained by ship; (9) the risk of further damage to ship; (10) the prospect of maintaining communications; (11) the threat of pollution; and (12) manpower and material requirements.


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