1 The master shall not be constrained by the Company,
the charterer or any other person from taking or executing any decision
which, in the professional judgement of the master, is necessary to
maintain the safety and security of the ship. This includes denial
of access to persons (except those identified as duly authorized by
a Contracting Government) or their effects and refusal to load cargo,
including containers or other closed cargo transport units.
2 If, in the professional judgement of the master,
a conflict between any safety and security requirements applicable
to the ship arises during its operations, the master shall give effect
to those requirements necessary to maintain the safety of the ship.
In such cases, the master may implement temporary security measures
and shall forthwith inform the Administration and, if appropriate,
the Contracting Government in whose port the ship is operating or
intends to enter. Any such temporary security measures under this
regulation shall, to the highest possible degree, be commensurate
with the prevailing security level. When such cases are identified,
the Administration shall ensure that such conflicts are resolved and
that the possibility of recurrence is minimised.