What arrival preparations should a shipmaster make for meeting the ship’s agent?

He should have ready: (1) a written list of the ship’s requirements (already notified where possible), e. g. cash, crew travel, repairs, stores, fresh water, bunkers and provisions;

(2) the ships’ certificates (in clear pockets if possible) which may have to be taken ashore; (3) the cargo documents (e. g. manifest bills of lading, waybills, etc.; and (4) in some ports, a letter of authorisation to sign bills of lading, which may be prepared by the agent for signature.


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