What are the UK statutory requirements regarding the misuse of distress signals?

The Merchant Shipping (Safety of Navigation) Regulations 2002 require compliance with SOLAS regulation V/35, which provides that the use of an international distress signal, except for the purpose of ...

B167. What is discharge by frustration?

Where something occurs which prevents the contract from being performed as intended but is not the fault of either party and was not contemplated by either of them....

Should a rating be allowed to keep an anchor watch?

It depends on the ship's location and the prevailing conditions. IMO Guidance for Masters on Keeping a Safe Anchor Watch (STCW. 7/Circ. 14) advises as follows: "The master of every ship at an unshelte...

F127. Charter party messages and market reports sometimes refer to a "laycan" or "lay/can" period. What is this?

"Laycan" is a contraction of "laydays and cancelling date". For example, a laycan or lay/can (abbreviation: L/C) of "18/22 Jan" would mean that the first layday is 18 January, and the final layday, or...

D412. What is a periodical survey in the HSSC?

An inspection of the items relating to the particular certificate to ensure that they are in a satisfactory condition and fit for the service for which the ship is intended. (2011 HSSC Survey Guidelin...

E681. What is the master's duty with respect to a table of scheduled hours of rest (or "table of duties")?

The master, or a person authorised by him, must ensure that a table of scheduled hours of rest is posted up in a prominent and easily accessible place on board. The table must contain the information ...

To whom may a direction be given under Schedule 3A?

To: (1) the owner of the ship; (2) a person in possession of the ship; (3) the master of the ship; (4) a pilot of the ship; (5) a salvor in possession of the ship; (6) a person who is the servant or a...

What is "ballast water" for the purposes of the BWM Convention?

Water with its suspended matter taken on board a ship to control trim, list, draught, stability or stresses of the ship....

E55.What does "near-coastal voyages" mean in STCW 2010?

Voyages in the vicinity of a Party as defined by that Party. (Reg. I/1) (This means that States set their own individual "near-coastal" limits. )...

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