The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) launches its first edition of The Master’s Practical Guide to Maritime Law as a simple and practical legal reference book specifically to aid seafarers with incidents at sea.
Co-authored with the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations (IFSMA), the guide is specifically designed to help Masters at sea identify and address common legal issues. As Masters are not qualified lawyers, the guide helps them understand how to manage legal risks and respond within the confines of the law.
The detailed and practical guide bridges the gap between theory and practice by bringing real-world situations, both in port or sea, to life, helping Masters navigate common legal issues and pitfalls and assist in protecting the shipowner’s interests.
Master’s practical guide
The Master’s Practical Guide to Maritime Law encompasses a wide range of subjects: with each chapter, Masters will gain a comprehensive understanding of their rights, responsibilities, and obligations under maritime law from the start of a voyage until the end.
Serving shipmaster Martin Bjorkell, who contributed to the guide and recently presented it at the IFSMA Biennial General Assembly in Tokyo, said:“This guide will prove invaluable for our industry and help Masters know how to approach legal issues effectively, highlighting best practices and providing expert guidance on managing legal risks, with particular emphasis on the commercial aspects that form a significant part of every Master’s responsibilities on board. We wanted Masters to feel empowered to make informed decisions on matters that might have legal consequences to ensure the safety of the crew, ship, environment, and cargo.”
While the guide strives to offer a comprehensive overview of legal issues which the Master may encounter, it does not replace the need to obtain professional legal advice in the relevant jurisdiction, particularly when the Master and shipowner are faced with legal challenges beyond the scope of the guide.
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Source : Ics shipping