Merchant Shipping Act, 1966

Penalty for non-compliance with rules and power to detain.

8.—(1) If the cargo ship construction and survey rules are contravened in any respect in relation to a ship, the owner or master of the ship shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding five hundred pounds, or on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds.

(2) A surveyor of ships may inspect any ship for the purpose of seeing that she complies with the provisions of the cargo ship construction and survey rules (other than those relating to survey) and for that purpose shall have all the powers of an inspector of the Department of Transport and Power; and if he finds that the ship fails to comply with those provisions, he shall give to the owner or master notice in writing stating in what respect she fails to comply with them and what in his opinion is requisite to remedy the failure.

(3) Every notice under subsection (2) of this section shall be communicated in manner directed by the Minister to the chief officer of customs of any port at which the ship may seek to obtain a clearance or transire; and the ship shall be detained until a certificate under the hand of a surveyor of ships is produced to the effect that the failure has been remedied.

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