What is the legal status of the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen?

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The Code itself is not law, but much of it explains how the law should be complied with.

 Many regulations (in SIs) specify requirements for standards of safety, equipment or operations, and some require that a relevant part of the Code should be consulted and that the Code's principles and guidance are applied. In these areas, the MCA will generally accept compliance with the guidance in the Code as demonstrating that the company, employer or worker had done what was reasonable to comply with the regulations. Adherence to the Code's guidance generally means compliance with the related law.