Oil Pollution of the Sea (Amendment) Act, 1977

Power to detain vessels.

6.—(1) Whenever the Minister or a harbour master has reasonable cause to believe that a vessel is in breach of the Act of 1956, the Act of 1965, or of this Act, and the vessel is within the territorial seas of the State, the Minister, or the harbour master concerned, may halt and detain the vessel.

(2) Any vessel which is detained by the Minister or by a harbour master pursuant to subsection (1) of this section shall be released if the owner of the vessel enters into a bond in such amount as may be determined by the Minister or the harbour master, as the case may be.