The master of a ship arriving at a port during a gale decides to order a tug, knowing that his owners have strong views on the taking °f tugs. What is the master’s legal position?

A shipmaster has implied authority to engage a tug or tugs whenever he deems it reasonably necessary for the safety of the ship’s operations, and the shipowner (or operator or time charterer, as the case may be) will be bound by the terms of the contract the master makes with the tug owner, if they are reasonable.

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A master asks for one tug to assist when berthing, and the ship consequently causes damage to the quay when coming alongside. Who is at fault?

On what terms are tugs generally hired in UK ports, and in many other ports?