Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 1939

Prohibition on taking to sea a ship with submerged load line.

3.—(1) It shall not be lawful to send or take to sea any Irish load line ship which is so loaded as to contravene section 41 of the Act of 1933.

(2) If any Irish load line ship is sent or taken to sea in contravention of this section, the master thereof, and also any person who sends or is a party to sending such ship to sea (unless such person did not know and had no reason to believe that such ship was so sent in contravention of this section) shall each be guilty of a separate offence under this section and shall (in addition to any other penalty to which he may have rendered himself liable) be liable—

(a) on conviction thereof on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or

(b) on summary conviction thereof to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.

(3) In this section, the expression “Irish load line ship” has the same meaning as the expression “Saorstát Eireann load line ship” as adapted by virtue of section 2 of the Constitution (Consequential Provisions) Act, 1937 (No. 40 of 1937), has in the Act of 1933.