Sea Pollution Act, 1991

Powers of harbour-masters.

25.—(1) Without prejudice to any other power conferred by this Act, a harbour-master, in the case of any ship which may be in the harbour over which he has control, may—

(a) go on board the ship and inspect, for the purposes of ascertaining the circumstances relating to an alleged discharge of any oil, oily mixture, noxious liquid substance, harmful substance, sewage or garbage into the harbour, the ship and its machinery and any boats, equipment, cargo or articles on board;

(b) require the production of and inspect any record or other document required to be kept, under this Act or otherwise;

(c) copy any entry in any such record or document and require the master of the ship or the person by whom the record or document is kept to certify that the copy is a true copy.

(2) Any person who—

(a) fails to comply with a requirement of a harbour-master under this section, or

(b) wilfully impedes a harbour-master in the exercise of his functions under this section,

shall be guilty of an offence.