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Question:
Do I need to report to the Flag Administration all incidents of piracy?
Answer:
Yes. A marine notice was issued to advise mariners that piracy and armed attacks on merchant ships have been reported in increasing numbers in the areas of the South China Sea, including the Singapore Strait, Malacca Strait, Philip Channel, Gulf of Thailand, West Africa and Brazil. Masters are instructed to promptly report all incidents of piracy and armed attacks on their merchant vessel to the Investigation Department. Please refer to detail reporting requirement and helpful information on reporting piracy contained in Marine Notice REP-004.

If you have additional questions on this matter, please contact Michael Davies-Sekle, Esq. at email: mdavies@liscr.com

Question:
What are the maritime functions, if any, of Liberian consular officers?
Answer:
As provided in Section 79 of the Maritime Law, Liberian Consular officers have limited discretionary authority to board Liberian vessels in foreign ports. Because the nature and scope of such authority is sometime misunderstood, guidance for clarification of the limited maritime functions of consular officers has been issued for the benefit of shipmasters and ship agents. Please see Marine Notice ADM-005.

If you have additional questions on this matter, please contact Michael Davies-Sekle, Esq. at email: mdavies@liscr.com

Question:
What should be done with completed Shipping Articles (sometimes referred to as Articles of Agreement) -RLM-110?
Answer:
The data contained the Shipping Articles will be used to determine sea service for applicants for renewal of Liberian certification, as well as to supplement the information on ship's officers at the time of the vessel's annual and/or semi-annual safety inspection for the purpose of the requirements of Regulation 1.17(5). Therefore, it is required that the completed Shipping Articles (RLM-110) be returned to our Office in Vienna, Virginia, U.S.A. A copy of the completed Shipping Articles should be retained by the shipowner or shipoperator for their own record requirements.

If you have additional questions on this matter, please contact Michael Davies-Sekle, Esq. at email: mdavies@liscr.com

Question:
What is the Repatriation Coverage reporting requirement?
Answer:
Each owner of a Liberian flag vessel is required to maintain at all times satisfactory third party liability insurance as described in the Liberian Maritime Regulation 2.66(2) covering any default in meeting the owner's repatriation obligations under Liberian Maritime Law Section 342 and Maritime Regulation10.342. Proof of such insurance is required to be submitted annually. The report should be submitted during the month of February (or soon thereafter) each year.

In order to be more expedient, we request that you provide the required information to report the Certificate of P and I Entry/Confirmation of Insurance for all of your Liberian flag vessels at the same time. The information may be provided in a single correspondence (with the attached confirmation), which can indicate all those vessels covered by a P & I entry for repatriation purposes. This will avoid duplication since the same carrier may cover all the vessels under a particular management.

To comply with this reporting requirement, please include the name and particulars of the carrier of the coverage and list the name(s) with official number(s) of the vessel(s) covered. Please forward the information to:

Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs,
R.L. c/o The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry,
LLC
8619 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 300
Vienna, Virginia 122182, U.S.A.
Attention: Investigation Department - Fax: (703) 790-5655

If you have additional questions on this matter, please contact Michael Davies-Sekle, Esq. at email: mdavies@liscr.com.

Question:
What about the Annual Reporting of Repatriation Cover, which was also reported on, Form RLM-119?
Answer:
As of January 1, 2000, the use of Form RLM-119 to report crew repatriation cover has been discontinued.
Question:
Is it necessary to file a Form RLM-119, Ship's Officer's Report?
Answer:
No. As of January 1, 2000, Form RLM-119 (previously required by Marine Notice No. 10-342-1) for reporting ship's officers is no longer required. Instead of submitting Form RLM-119 to meet the requirements of Regulation 1.17(5), the data on ship's officers will be obtained at the time of the vessel's annual and/or semi-annual safety inspection. This information will be supplemented by data contained in the crew's Articles of Agreement.

If you have additional questions on this matter, please contact Michael Davies-Sekle, Esq. at email: mdavies@liscr.com.

Question:
Is a marriage performed by a master at sea on board a Liberian flag vessel valid?
Answer:
Liberian Maritime Law Section 297 authorizes the Master to marry passengers or other persons aboard when a vessel is at sea in international waters. In accordance with Regulation 10.297, each exercise of the special power granted to the Master shall be evidenced by appropriate certificate, referring to a logbook entry of the event, and signed by the Master and executed by the Commissioner or a Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs. The couple is married at the time of the ceremony with the subsequent issuance of the official certificate, which will indicate the date of marriage, thereby confirming the date on which the ceremony occurred.

 

The official (sealed) certificate issued to evidence the marriage is "self authenticating" and does not require notarization. Marriages conducted by the Master of a Liberian flag vessel are performed under authority of the Liberian Maritime Law and are recognized under the laws of the Republic of Liberia as valid marriages. Liberian marriages, like Algerian, Australian, Brazilian, British, Canadian, Chinese, Egyptian, French, German, Indian, Kenyan, Malaysian, Nigerian, South African, etc. marriages performed according to the respective country's customs and procedures, are recognized and given full faith and credit in jurisdictions around the world including the United States. Liberian marriages have been performed on board passenger and non-passenger vessels.

Question:
What should the Master do when a crewmember fails to return from shore leave or has otherwise deserted the vessel?
Answer:
Desertion should be immediately reported to the local (immigration, customs/port) authorities, as well as to the Investigation Department. When reporting to the Investigation Department, please provide seafarer's mailing (home/last known) address. Forward to the Investigation Department all Liberian official documents left behind by the deserter.

If you have additional questions on this matter, please contact Michael Davies-Sekle, Esq. at email: mdavies@liscr.com.

Question:
How should stowaways be handled when discovered on board a Liberian flag vessel?
Answer:
As general guidance when a stowaway is discovered on board, the first priority is to establish identity. This can be done by detail interrogatories to the stowaway with all information recorded in the official logbook. Secondly, the Master should note the shipowner's responsibility, which generally is to accord humane treatment by providing basic shelter, food, and such financial help as necessary, but with due consideration to the safe operation of the ship and meeting legal requirements occasioned by the stowaway's presence. The shipowner may, however, insist that the stowaway performs adequate work in repayment for these services. The Master should ensure that the stowaway is presented to the appropriate (immigration and port/custom) authorities, and the stowaway incident must be reported to the Investigation Department.

If you have additional questions on this matter, please contact Michael Davies-Sekle, Esq. at email: mdavies@liscr.com.

Question:
How should marine casualties be reported?
Answer:
Liberian Maritime Regulation 9.257 requires that the owner or Master of a Liberian vessel involved in a marine casualty shall immediately forward a report thereon, signed by the Master or highest available officer or ship's representative whenever the casualty results in any of the following:
  1. Actual physical damage to property in excess of $100,000.00;
  2. Material damage affecting the seaworthiness or efficiency of a vessel;
  3. Stranding or grounding;
  4. Loss of life;
  5. Injury causing any persons to remain incapacitated for a period in excess of 72 hours
The report should be made on Form RLM-109 for Vessel Casualty or Accident, and on Form RLM-109-1 for Personal Injury or Loss of Life. These forms are contained in the Rules for Marine Investigations and Hearings (RLM-260 at Section 10.1), which is located in the Combined Publications Folder and may be photocopied if it is more convenient. The forms are also available on this website. Only one original signed form is needed for reporting each incident.

Please note that the Investigation Department should be notified of the marine casualty by the fastest possible means as soon as possible, in order that any necessary and appropriate action can be taken by the flag administration.


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