The Captain's Duty on a Sinking Ship
Professional Mariner, Vol. 4, p. 21, 1994
7 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2012 Last revised: 4 Oct 2012
Date Written: January 15, 2012
The January 2012 grounding of the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia off Tuscany with multiple loss of life raised questions regarding the obligations of a vessel's master whose vessel and passengers are in imminent danger. This article examines the law and lore of the sea regarding the captain's duty in such circumstances, drawing on a number of historial examples.
Keywords: merchant vessel, grounding, master, captain's duty
JEL Classification: K13, K14, K23, K33, K42, L92
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