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Gard Guidance Masters


The Master should refer to the procedure in the Emergency Contingency Plan and the vessel’s SSP when encountering refugees at sea. When refugees are taken on board the vessel the following action should be taken

  • report to the Company and the P&I insurer that refugees are on board so that the Company Security Officer (CSO) can inform the appropriate authorities such as the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO), at the next port of call
  • once a decision has been made to land the refugees, inform the Company’s agent and the correspondent in the landing port
  • prepare accommodation on board for the refugees, including blankets and beds
  • prepare provisions for the refugees
  • seek medical advice from ashore if necessary.