Harbours Act, 1996

Power to enter ship and inspection of ship, goods and documents.

49.—(1) The harbour master of a harbour may at any time enter a ship which is within the harbour where he or she considers it necessary for the purpose of exercising any power conferred on him or her by a provision of this Act (including subsection (3)) or an instrument made thereunder.

(2) Subsection (1) is without prejudice to section 14 (5).

(3) The harbour master of a harbour may—

(a) at any time require the master of a ship which is within the harbour to produce for inspection by him or her documents kept in relation to the ship and its crew, including insurance documents, certificates of competency, manifests, bills of lading and other documents relating to goods on board the ship,

(b) inspect such a ship and such goods for the purpose of ascertaining whether any provision of this Act or bye-laws made thereunder in relation to the ship or goods is being complied with.

(4) A master of a ship who refuses or fails to comply with a requirement of a harbour master under subsection (3) (a) shall be guilty of an offence.

(5) (a) The Minister may by order exempt a specified class or classes of ship that is engaged exclusively in the service of the State from the application of this section and for so long as such an order is in force this section shall be construed and have effect in accordance with the order.

(b) The reference in paragraph (a) to an order in force shall, as respects such an order that is amended by an order in force under section 3 (4), be construed as a reference to the first-mentioned order as so amended.