Originally Posted by Will75
Thanks for your replies chaps.
John, can you answer a couple of specific questions for me:
1. I now have a discharge book, it arrived today. It says in the front that "the holder must not make any entry or alteration in this discharge book etc etc" If this is the case, then how does it get completed if for instance I am working as Master on a delivery trip for instance? Is it the case that if the Mate also has a MCA Masters then he can fill in my discharge book and I can fill in his?
2. Can I only use the discharge book to record voyages on UK registered vessels or can it be used to record any passage on any vessel?
Thanks in advance.
On larger vessels we do the following,
1, The joining Master will fill in and sign the outgoing Masters discharge book.
2, We use the discharge book to record voyages on any flag of vessel, however the MCA may want to see a certificate of discharge (also made out on board) to back up the discharge book entry. In some cases they may ask for the certificate of discharge to be endorsed by the consul of the country of the flag, although I have not had this so far, and worked on Bermuda, British, Liberian, and Bahamas flags. The discharge certificate blank is normally available from the flag state.