Merchant Shipping (Investigation of Marine Casualties) Act, 2000

Consultants, advisers and investigators.

16.—(1) The Board may, from time to time, engage such consultants, advisers and investigators (including investigators nominated by the Chief Surveyor from the Marine Survey Office of the Department of the Marine and Natural Resources) as it considers necessary for the performance of its functions and any fees due to a consultant or adviser or investigator (other than an investigator from the Marine Survey Office) so engaged shall be paid by the Board out of moneys made available by the Oireachtas.

(2) A person may notify the Board in writing of his or her willingness to be engaged by the Board as a consultant, adviser or investigator and give to the Board particulars of his or her qualifications and experience, and the Board shall maintain a list of such persons.

(3) The Board shall, in engaging a consultant, adviser or investigator under this section, have regard to the list maintained under subsection (2), but nothing in this subsection shall be construed as precluding the Board from engaging as a consultant, adviser or investigator a person whose name is not on the list.

(4) The Board shall include in its annual report a statement of the names of the persons, if any, engaged pursuant to this section during the year to which the report relates.