Master's Guide to Shipboard Disciplinary Procedures: Code of Conduct for the Merchant Navy

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July 2014


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Master's Guide to Shipboard Disciplinary Procedures: Code of Conduct for the Merchant Navy

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This Code of Conduct for the Merchant Navy sets out principles aimed at ensuring high

standards of discipline on board merchant ships and promotes the well-being of the

seafarers working on them.

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The Code of Conduct for the Merchant Navy is a well-established document, setting out principles aimed at ensuring high standards of discipline on board merchant ships and hence promoting the well-being of the seafarers working on them. It is agreed between shipowners and seafarers’ representatives and approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

The code is widely used across the shipping industry – it has been adopted by many employers of seafarers for use on ships registered in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, and it may be referred to in Seafarer Employment Agreements. Disciplinary procedures form a key element of following the code and can raise major issues, especially when a seafarer has committed a breach serious enough to warrant dismissal from the ship.

The Code of Conduct has recently undergone a comprehensive revision to ensure that it remained up-to-date and relevant, which in turn led the UK Chamber of Shipping to review and revise its Guide. The recommendations set out are not designed to be definitive but give advice on good practice on how investigations and hearings should be conducted on board.

Acknowledgement

Introduction

The sanctions behind the system

The role of the Master

The key paragraphs of the Code

Informal disciplinary procedure at Petty Officer/Junior Officer level

Formal disciplinary procedure

Investigation

Disciplinary hearing

Records of disciplinary hearings

Record of Warning forms

Official Log Book entries

Formal warning

Written warning

Final warning

Dismissal from the ship

Prosecution

Disciplinary procedures when the seafarer is absent

Failure to join or rejoin

Advanced discharge

Annex 1: Revised Code of Conduct for the Merchant Navy

Annex 2: The Merchant Shipping (Official Log Books)

Regulations 1981 as amended by the Merchant Shipping (Official Log Books) (Amendment) Regulations 1991

Annex 3: Merchant Shipping Act 1995, Section 58

The UK Chamber of Shipping is the trade association and voice of the UK shipping industry. We work with Government, parliament, international organisations and others to champion and protect the industry on behalf of our members.

It is our mission to deliver for our members trusted specialist expertise, lobbying and influence at a UK level on maritime issues across national, European and international government and governmental bodies. By combining the strength of our members with this expertise we will advance the competitive strength of the industry ensuring that the UK remains as a leader in the global maritime business.

With a growing membership of 180 member companies throughout the UK, made up of shipowners, professional organisations and service companies, we do not just seek to raise awareness of shipping; we work to create an understanding of it, ensuring that member companies’ commercial objectives are at the heart of the government process.

The UK is a global centre for maritime business and our location here, in a stable and business orientated democracy, provides unique access to a range of international bodies and influencers at a global level.

Title: Master's Guide to Shipboard Disciplinary Procedures: Code of Conduct for the Merchant Navy
Edition: Revised 2014
Number of Pages: 42
Product Code: WS1453K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-643-0 (9781856096430), ISBN 10: 1-85609-643-2 (1856096432)
Published Date: July 2014
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 210 mm
Book Width: 150 mm
Weight: 0.20 kg
Author: UK Chamber of Shipping

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