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What are a master's chief responsibilities under (English) common law?

MCA Oral Exam Questions

(1) To preserve the safety of the crew, passengers, ship and cargo (acting as if ship and cargo were the master's own uninsured property); 

(2) to safeguard the marine environment; (3) to prosecute the voyage with the minimum of delay and expense; (4) to act always in the best interests of the owners; (5) to carry out all that is usual and necessary for the employment of the ship; (6) to obey the owner's lawful instructions (but without any requirement to obey unlawful instructions, e. g. where a breach of a statutory requirement or prohibition would result); (7) to exercise care of the goods entrusted to the master as bailee and to see that everything is done to preserve them in good order and condition during the voyage.