Are you covered for SOLAS and Stowaways?

Strike Club has issued a bulletin on ships’ legal duty to assist those in distress, at sea and on board.

The Club noted that under SOLAS ships have a responsibility to deliver stowaways and refugees to a place of safety, an obligation to give assistance to other vessels in distress if they are the nearest vessel and also to deliver any crew or passengers in need of medical care to the nearest port.

It said that all these actions could disrupt and delay the vessel’s work.

Strike Club’s cover is for any delay to the entered vessel arising from a disruption to its journey as a result of rescuing refugees at sea, delivering stowaways to the nearest port that will accept them, and going to the aid of a vessel in distress and delivering any crew or passengers in need of medical care to the nearest port.

The cover can be bought by anyone with an interest in a vessel looking to protect their income and revenue stream from the effects of delay arising from dealing with stowaways, rescuing refugees or saving lives at sea.

It is available with a 1 day deductible and is subject to a limit of up to 20 days.

The Club gave three typical examples. Two of them were:

Rescue At Sea

A member’s ship received a distress call, requesting assistance from another ship on fire. The member’s ship was closest to the casualty so it deviated to assist. Seven crew members (the Captain, Chief Cook, Engine Cadet, Oiler, 1st Engineer, Ordinary Seaman and 3rd Mate) were successfully rescued. Due to the condition of some of the rescued seafarers, a further deviation was

made to shore-based medical facilities.

Time lost: 10 days

Daily entered sum: $13,000

Recoverable?: Yes. Rule 10(a)[ix]: Stowaways – “stowaways on board,

rescuing refugees or saving of life at sea by the entered ship”.

Amount: $78,000

Stowaways

The member’s general cargo ship arrived in Philadelphia with a cargo of Cocoa beans from Abidjan and San Pedro. During unloading operations, stevedores discovered the body of a stowaway in Hold No.1. Despite vigilant security, the deceased had boarded and avoided detection prior to the hatches closing and died during the subsequent voyage. The ship and its crew were not

at fault but the ship was delayed by more than 6 days while the incident was fully investigated.

Time lost: 6 days

Daily entered sum: $12,000

Recoverable?: Yes. Rule 10(a)[ix]: Stowaways – “stowaways on board,

rescuing refugees or saving of life at sea by the entered ship”.

Amount: $60,000

https://www.thestrikeclub.com/Loss%20bulletin%20-%20Stowaways%2020190329v4.pdf