This is something that I feel should be updated under international regulation.
I’ve been on a 300m LNG carrier that’s needed to wait for a few days to unload of the coast of Korea whilst the port is readying for us to offload the cargo.
Whilst drifting, the captain took the technically wrong decision to make us NUC for the several days were drifting off the coast, as being under normal navigational status would mean that we would have to give way to literally thousands of fishing boats. I do not believe his decision was right,
But seeing as these tanker take about upto an hour for the engineers to get the engines going for maneuver, do people not think that there should be some kind of legal protection for them?
Please see MGN 152 - Use of Not Under Command Signals.