What precautions should a UK shipmaster take, when holding a disciplinary hearing resulting in a seafarer's dismissal, to protect the employer's legal position?

MCA Oral Exam Questions

The master should ensure: 

(1) that the hearing is conducted exactly as laid down in the Merchant Navy Code of Conduct; (2) that as the seafarer is found to have committed a (paragraph 9) serious breach and is being dismissed in consequence, he or she is formally advised of the finding as well as the sanction; (3) that the seafarer is given copies of all relevant statements made in the Official Log Book; and (4) that the seafarer signs an Official Log Book entry acknowledging receipt of those copies.



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