Merchant Shipping Act, 1992

Powers of authorised officers.

25.—(1) An authorised officer may, on production (in the case of an officer of the Minister) of his authorisation if so requested by any person affected, for the purposes of the Merchant Shipping Acts, 1894 to 1992, and any rules or regulations thereunder, board any vessel and—

(a) inspect and examine the vessel,

(b) inspect and take copies of, or of extracts from, the vessel's log (if any) and the vessel's manifest (if any) and any other records or documents pertaining to the vessel or its owner found on the vessel.

(2) An authorised officer may, for the purposes of his functions under this Act or regulations thereunder, stop a vessel and request any member of the crew of the vessel to furnish him with such information, and to produce to him such records and documents in his possession or within his procurement, as he may reasonably require for the purpose of such functions.

(3) A person who obstructs or interferes with an authorised officer in the exercise of his functions under this Act or who fails or refuses to comply with a request of an authorised officer under this Act shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.