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

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

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This book identifies key sections of The Code of Conduct for the Merchant Navy, ensuring readers understand the way in which it applies to each crew member. The book sets out principles aimed at ensuring high standards of discipline on board merchant ships and promotes the wellbeing of the seafarers working on them.

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This book advises readers on sanctions behind the Code, the role of the Master in the disciplinary process and the formal disciplinary procedure that must be followed. The Code of Conduct has undergone a comprehensive revision to ensure that it remains up to date and relevant, which in turn led the UK Chamber of Shipping to review and revise this guide. The recommendations not definitive but give practical advice 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 Code of Conduct for the Merchant Navy (the Code) is an established document, setting out principles aimed at ensuring high standards of discipline on board merchant ships and therefore promoting the wellbeing of the seafarers working on them. It has been agreed between shipowners and seafarers’ representatives and approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). It was last revised in 2013.

The Code does not have mandatory status but has been adopted by many employers of seafarers for use on ships registered in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. It may be referred to in Seafarer Employment Agreements.

Paragraphs 10–26 of the Code (2013 edition) set out procedures for dealing with alleged breaches of the Code, to be followed, as appropriate, on board ship by, or under the authority of, the Master. A succession of cases brought to Employment Tribunals against employers across a broad spectrum of economic activities has underlined how important it is to apply fair procedures when dealing with disciplinary matters. This is particularly the case when the seafarer found to have committed a breach of the Code is dismissed from the ship.

For this reason, the UK Chamber of Shipping has drawn up this guide to assist ships’ Masters and officers in applying the procedures in the Code for dealing with breaches. The recommendations set out are not designed to be definitive but give advice on good practice for conducting investigations and hearings on board.

The UK Chamber of Shipping

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.

https://ukchamberofshipping.com/about-us/our-mission/

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
Book Spine: 4 mm
Weight: 0.20 kg
Author: UK Chamber of Shipping

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