A ship is in the Pacific with serious steering gear problems, but the nearest port with repair facilities is 2, 000 miles away. Should the master make for that port or not?

MCA Oral Exam Questions

If repairs cannot be effected at sea it will be unsafe to continue the voyage; 

attempting to do so would expose the owners to liability for any loss or damage to cargo (e. g. if the ship grounded after a steering failure). At the same time, under class rules, the vessel must be taken to a port where she can be surveyed whenever there is serious damage of this sort. Breach of class rules will usually invalidate hull and machinery and P&I insurance cover. In practice, owners should give the master instructions after liaising with the class society.



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