What are the statutory obligations of the employer of a seaman left behind outside the UK?

Under The Merchant Shipping (Repatriation) Regulations 1979 (SI 1979/97), the seaman’s last employer must make provision for his return, and for his relief and maintenance until his return, and such other provisions as may be required by the DfT.

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