Recording the Nationality of Passengers

The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), Chapter III, Regulation 27 requires that all persons on board be counted prior to departure; details of those who have declared a need for special care or assistance in an emergency be recorded and communicated to the Master prior to departure; names and gender of all persons on board, distinguishing between adults, children and infants be recorded for search and rescue purposes; and that all of this information be kept ashore and made readily available to search and rescue services when needed.

To further facilitate the effective and immediate availability of key information in the event of an emergency situation, CLIA oceangoing members have adopted a policy that, in addition to the information required by SOLAS, the nationality of each passenger onboard is also to be recorded, kept ashore and made readily available to search and rescue services when needed.


1The terms “muster” and “assembly” are used interchangeably and therefore are synonymous for this purpose.
2And giving due regard to any relevant flag State requirements.
1And giving due regard to any relevant flag State requirements.