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Gard Guidance Masters UNSAFE PORT – UNSAFE BERTH

The Master and his/her officers should be alert to the possibility that the port or berth may become unsafe to use at a particular time. If the Master fears that the vessel may be damaged, for example, due to prevailing weather conditions or the condition of the berth, he/she should take appropriate action immediately and contact the Company for assistance.

Prior to approaching a berth which gives an indication that there may be problems in using the berth, the Master or his/her officers should consider taking photographs from various angles and aspects to document the condition of the berth prior to berthing.