To comply with UK employment law, what advice should be given to a seaman who is being signed off abroad?

Clear advice as to any arrangements made for his maintenance, repatriation and payment after discharge, if necessary after consultation with the employer.

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Shortly before a UK ship is due to depart from a foreign port, a rating (who is not listed on the Safe Manning Document) breaks a leg in a fall and requires hospital treatment prior to repatriation to his home country. What arrangements should the master?

A seaman from a UK ship has apparently gone absent without leave (“AWOL”) in a foreign port. If he eventually appears at the agent’s office and asks for repatriation, will the employer still be under an obligation to provide for relief maintenance?