What are the two convention texts on which the master’s duty to render assistance to people in distress is based?

UNCLOS article 98(1) provides that “every State shall require the master of a ship flying its flag, in so far as he can do so without serious danger to the ship, the crew or the passengers:

ย (a) to render assistance to any person found at sea in danger of being lost; (b) to proceed with all possible speed to the rescue of persons in distress, if informed of their need of assistance, in so far as such action may reasonably be expected of him. ” SOLAS regulation V/33.1 provides that “the master of a ship at sea which is in a position to be able to provide assistance on receiving information from any source that persons are in distress at sea, is bound to proceed with all speed to their assistance, if possible informing them or the search and rescue service that the ship is doing so. This obligation to provide assistance applies regardless of the nationality or status of such persons or the circumstances in which they are found”.


Share this:

Written by Ship Inspection

Leave a Reply

What guidance is available to the master of a UK ship on how rescued people should be treated?

A ship is under way off the north-west African coast, bound for Europe. The OOW reports sighting a boat full of people waving their arms. What action should be taken?