Who is in charge? – SOLAS considerations


Who is in charge during a piracy attack?
• SOLAS Regulation 34-1:
The owner, the charterer, the company operating the ship as
defined in regulation IX/1, or any other person shall not
prevent or restrict the master of the ship from taking or
executing any decision which, in the master’s professional
judgment, is necessary for safety of life at sea and protection
of the marine environment.
• Make sure the number of men and / or equipment on board
the vessel do not breach SOLAS regulations – Ship safety
• Infringement of SOLAS could prejudice P&I cover