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Gard Guidance Masters RELATIVES ON BOARD

Some companies allow relatives of crew members on board. A relative may be familiar with the position held by the crew member, but cannot be expected to be familiar with the vessel and its environment.

When persons other than crew or non-fare paying passengers travel with the vessel, it is recommended that a hold harmless agreement is obtained in the form set out in Annex 4.

If the Company does not have procedures for relatives on board, the Master should ensure
  • a proper and full familiarisation with the vessel and shipboard operations, paying particular attention to any hazards
  • relatives of crew members are kept away from all shipboard operations.

    The relative of the crew member should confirm in writing that the above precautions have been taken.