Merchant Shipping (Load Lines) Act, 1968

Compliance with load line rules by ships other than registered ships.

14.—(1) Subject to the next following subsection, and to any exemption conferred by or under this Act, a ship to which this Act applies, not being a registered ship, shall not proceed or attempt to proceed to sea from any port in the State unless—

(a) the ship has been surveyed in accordance with the load line rules;

(b) the ship is marked with a deck-line and with load lines in accordance with those rules;

(c) the ship complies with the conditions of assignment; and

(d) the information required by those rules to be provided as mentioned in section 3 (4) of this Act is provided for the guidance of the master of the ship in the manner determined in accordance with the rules.

(2) The preceding subsection does not apply to a ship in respect of which a valid Convention certificate is produced.

(3) If any ship proceeds or attempts to proceed to sea in contravention of the preceding provisions of this section, the owner and master of the ship shall each be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds and on conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding two hundred pounds.

(4) Any ship which in contravention of this section attempts to proceed to sea without being surveyed and marked as mentioned in paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (1) of this section may be detained until she has been so surveyed and marked.

(5) If any such ship as is mentioned in subsection (1) of this section, not being a ship in respect of which a valid Convention certificate is produced, does not comply with the conditions of assignment, then—

(a) if the ship is an Irish ship, she shall be deemed to be unsafe for the purposes of section 459 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894 , or

(b) if the ship is a foreign ship, section 462 of that Act shall have effect in relation to the ship as if she were unsafe by reason of one of the matters specified in that section.