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New rights to shore leave take effect

5 January 2018

Stronger new international rights for seafarers to take shore leave came into effect on 1 January 2018.

Under amendments to an international Convention, the requirement to allow crew ashore while their ship is in port now says that shore leave should be granted with no discrimination on the grounds of a seafarer’s nationality, race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion or social origin, and irrespective of their ship’s flag state.

If a seafarer’s request for shore leave is turned down, the relevant public authorities must provide an explanation to the crew member and the master, which can be provided in writing if requested. 

The amended Convention also requires national governments to introduce electronic information exchange to transmit information related to maritime transport by 8 April 2019. The new regulations also update the standards and recommended practices relating to stowaways.


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