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Medway Ports Authority Act 1973

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78General byelaws

Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Authority may make byelaws for all or any of the following purposes:—

(a)for regulating the use, operation and superintendence of the port and the docks, berths, wharves, quays, piers, jetties, staiths, warehouses, sheds, landing places, locks, sluices, equipment, works and conveniences (including moorings) in the port;

(b)for regulating the admission to movement and berthing within, and the departure of vessels from, the port, or the removal of vessels, and for the good order and government of vessels whilst within the port;

(c)for regulating the shipping and unshipping, landing, warehousing, stowing, depositing and removing of goods within the limits of the port, and at the premises of the Authority;

(d)for regulating the navigation, berthing and mooring of vessels within the port and their speed and manner of navigation, and the use of tugs within the port;

(e)for preventing damage or injury to any vessel, goods, vehicle, plant, machinery, property or persons within the port, or on the premises of the Authority;

(f)for regulating the conduct of all persons in the port, not being members of a police force or officers or servants of the Crown whilst in the exercise of their duties;

(g)for regulating the placing and maintenance of moorings;

(h)for preventing and removing obstructions or impediments within the port;

(i)for prohibiting or regulating the discharge or deposit of ballast, ashes, refuse, rubbish or other material (including any polluting liquid) into the port;

(j)for regulating the use of ferries within the port;

(k)for regulating the use of yachts, sailing boats, rowing boats, pleasure craft and other small craft and the holding of regattas and other public events within the port;

(l)for regulating the launching of vessels within the port;

(m)for prohibiting persons working or employed in or entering the port, or any part thereof, from smoking therein;

(n)for regulating or preventing the use of fires and lights within the port and the premises belonging thereto, and within any vessel within the port;

(o)for regulating traffic on railways within the port and the use of locomotives thereon;

(p)for regulating the movement, speed and parking of vehicles within the port;

(q)for regulating the exercise of the powers vested in the harbour master.

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