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Duties of a shipowner

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

IT is the duty of a shipowner to take, so far as is reasonably practicable, such measures as are necessary to ensure the safety and health of all seafarers employed by him on board his ship.

This is part of the rules which make up the Maritime (Labour Convention) Regulation 2017, which is expected to be endorsed by Parliament and implemented in Fiji soon.

The regulation states it is necessary for shipowners to have measures on occupational health protection and medical care relevant to the seafarer's duties.

The draft states shipowners shall ensure that arrangements are made, where practicable, for seafarers to visit any qualified medical doctor or dentist without delay in ports of call and providing medical care and health protection services for any seafarer on board the ship or on land without charge to the seafarer.

It is also stated that a shipowner shall also make available on board his ship for the purposes of facilitating the treatment of seafarers such medical reports.

Every medical report form or any part thereof, when completed or any information contained in the completed form shall be kept confidential and shall not, without the consent of the seafarer concerned, be released to any person other than for the purposes of facilitating the treatment of that seafarer.

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