In what situations might SOLAS regulation V/34.1 on master’s discretion apply?

Where, for example, a master is put under pressure by the company or charterers to:ย 

(1) take a particular (time-saving) route or passage; (2) steam at an unsafe speed in restricted visibility, e. g. to maintain a schedule; (3) sail with defective navigational aids or pollution prevention equipment; (4) sail short- handed without flag State sanction; (5) delay acceptance of an offer of salvage assistance when the master considers it to be urgently needed; (6) sail when a storm is imminent; (7) discharge all ballast whilst anchored off a lee shore, in preparation for fast loading. (There may be many other situations. )


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

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