Oil in Navigable Waters Act, 1926


1.—In this Act—

the word “oil” means oil of any description, and includes spirit produced from oil, and oil mixed with water, and spirit (produced from oil) mixed with water;

the word “vessel” includes any ship or boat or any other description of vessel used in navigation;

the word “master” when used in relation to any vessel means the person having the command or charge of the vessel for the time being;

the word “harbour” means any harbour whether natural or artificial, and includes any port, dock, estuary, or arm of the sea, any river or canal navigable by sea-going vessels, and any waters in which sea-going vessels can obtain shelter or ship or unship goods or passengers;

the expression “harbour authority” includes all persons or bodies of persons, corporate or unincorporate, being proprietors of or entrusted with the duty or invested with the power of constructing, improving, managing, regulating, or maintaining a harbour;

the expression “harbour master” includes any person appointed by a harbour authority for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of this Act;

the word “barge” includes a lighter or like vessel;

the verb “transfer” when used in relation to oil means transfer in bulk, and cognate words shall be construed accordingly;

the expression “local authority” means and includes the council of a county, county borough, or urban district, the commissioners of a town and the sanitary authority of a port;

the expression “petroleum spirit” means refined petroleum which is subject to rapid evaporation and which, when tested in the manner prescribed by the Petroleum Act, 1879 or any enactment amending that Act, gives off an inflammable vapour at a temperature of less than 73 degrees of Fahrenheit's thermometer;

the expression “the Minister” means the Minister for Industry and Commerce.