Why might a shipmaster need to visit the British Consul at a foreign port?

(1) To note protest; (2) to obtain official documents such as a Crew Agreement and List of Crew, Official Log Book or Radio Log;

(3) to hand in official documents (as above) on expiry of the crew agreement; (4) to report any death occurring on board, or the death of a seaman ashore; (5) to obtain or submit a Return of Death form (MSF 4605); (6) to make a statement for the purposes of the consul’s inquiry into a death; (7) to make arrangements for repatriation or burial of a deceased seaman or person who died on board; (8) to obtain consular authentication of an Extension to a certificate’s validity, received from the MCA; (9) to obtain an Extension document in cases of difficulty with the last item; (10) to obtain advice about a seaman’s wages dispute; (11) to report the leaving behind of a seaman (e. g. in hospital or prison or absent without leave); (12) to make arrangements for the relief, maintenance and repatriation of a seaman left behind; (13) to apply for a survey; (14) to ask for advice about some aspect of local law, commercial practice, port regulations,Β etc.; (15) in connection with a problem concerning the port State’s acceptance of ship’s certificates or seamen’s documents; (16) in connection with the detention or arrest of the vessel; or (17) in connection with the detention or arrest of any person carried in the ship.

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