Refugees If refugees have been picked up, the cover provided by the P&I insurer will be involved. The Company, the P&I insurer or their local correspondent should therefore be contacted.

​Refugees

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Refugees

If refugees have been picked up, the cover provided by the P&I insurer will be involved. The Company, the P&I insurer or their local correspondent should therefore be contacted.

Any guidance provided below should by no means be in conflict with any regulatory requirement related to the ISPS Code.

3.13.1 General

If refugees are picked up at sea, the Master should bear in mind that they may have been at sea for several weeks and may be suffering from exposure, hunger, dehydration, seasickness and fatigue. The UNHCR Guidelines for the Disembarkation of Refugees provide a scheme for the reimbursement of certain costs involving in landing refugees. This scheme may not cover a deviation for the purposes of landing the refugees. Therefore, the Master must consult the Company provided time allows, if he/she is considering deviating the vessel.

3.13.2 Action to be taken

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.

3.13 refugees

3.13.3 Information to be provided

The following information should be provided to the Company and the P&I insurers

  • date and vessel’s time, UTC (Co-ordinated Universal Time) and position when the refugees were encountered
  • date, vessel’s time, UTC (Co-ordinated Universal Time) and position when the refugees were taken on board
  • ETA of the next scheduled port of call
  • ETA of the next port of call if a deviation is undertaken to land the refugees
  • number of refugees on board and their personal details
  • the medical condition of the refugees and whether medical assistance is required. If immediate medical assistance is required, the Master should refer to section 3.11 Personal injury, crew illness and death.
3.13.4 evidence to be collected

As the UNHCR Guidelines for the Disembarkation of Refugees provide for the reimbursement of the costs incurred in taking refugees on board, the Master and his officers must collect evidence in support of such a claim as follows

  • date, vessel’s time, UTC (Co-ordinated Universal Time) and position when the refugees were encountered
  • date, vessel’s time, UTC (Co-ordinated Universal Time) and position when the refugees were taken on board
  • date, vessel’s time, UTC (Co-ordinated Universal Time) and position when the vessel deviated from her scheduled course, if refugees are to be landed at a port different from the scheduled port
  • fuel on board at the time of deviation
  • calculation of the fuel for the deviation
  • fuel used for the deviation
  • record of all communication expenses, e.g. charges for each message received or transmitted via a radio station
  • copy of the deck log book and other relevant logs, including engine room log.
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