Sail training vessels wish to be made welcome in a port, and recognise that their own conduct can affect this. They know that if they are to be treated as guests in a port, they must behave as guests and leave behind only good memories! Sail training international expects sail training vessels to adhere to the following Code of Conduct when visiting or planning to visit a port:
On arrival and after clearance from Customs and Immigration:
- Contact the port authority (and local tourist office if appropriate) well in advace of a visit and agree: date, time and duration of visit; requirements for tugs and pilots; berthing arragements; opportunities for corporate hospitality or day sailing; visiting opportunities for local people.
- It is recommended that the local agent is engaged, particularly by the larger vessels, as many major ports contract out their services and do not have direct control over many of the services you may need.
- Advise the port of any changes to the agreed itinerary as soon as these are known.
Pay a courtesy visit to the Harbourmaster or Port Captain and, if appropriate, the Mayor and other civic authorities; liaise with the local tourist office for any planned crew activites; provide on-board hospitality for those who have been helpful in the port; ensure the crew is properly supervised and well behaved; dispose of garbage where instructed and in accordace with local regulations; do not stay longer than the agreed period.
Thank all those involved in the visit; leave no trace of the vessel having been in port.