Defence Act, 1954

Salvage claims by commanders and crews of State ships.

316.—(1) Where—

(a) salvage services are rendered by the commander or crew of a State ship, and

(b) proceedings are instituted by the commander or crew or part of the crew of such State ship for the enforcement of a claim in respect of such salvage services,

the following provisions shall have effect, that is to say:—

(i) the said claim shall not be finally adjudicated upon unless the consent of the Minister (which may be given before or after the institution of the said proceedings) to the prosecution thereof is proved;

(ii) if the said consent is not proved, the said claim shall stand dismissed with costs.

(2) In this section the word “crew” includes officers.