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What does SOLAS say about the master’s discretion for safe navigation and protection of the marine environment?

SOLAS regulation V/34. 1 makes it illegal for a person to compromise the master’s discretion in decision-making.ย 

It provides as follows: “The owner, the charterer, the company operating the ship as defined in regulation IX/1, or any other person shall not prevent or restrict the master of the ship from taking or executing any decision which, in the master’s professional judgement is necessary for safety of life at sea and protection of the marine environment.”

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