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(1)A notice or other document required or authorised to be served for the purposes of the navigation Acts or of any navigation byelaws may be served by post.

(2)A notice or other document to be served by the Commissioners may be served by the chief executive or any other duly authorised employee of the Commissioners.

(3)Where the person on whom a notice or other document to be served is a body corporate, the notice or document is duly served if it is served on the secretary or clerk of that body.

(4)For the purposes of section 7 of the Interpretation Act 1978 (references to service by post) as it applies for the purposes of this section, the proper address of any person in relation to the service on the person of a notice or document under subsection (1) is, if the person has given an address for service, that address, or otherwise—

(a)in the case of service on a body corporate or its secretary or clerk, the registered or principal office of the body; and

(b)in any other case, that person’s last known address at the time of service.

(5)Where for the purposes of the navigation Acts or the navigation byelaws, any notice or document is required to be served on a person having any interest in, or the occupier of, any premises, or the owner of any vessel, and that person’s name or address cannot after reasonable inquiry be ascertained, the notice or document may be served by—

(a)addressing it to the person by name or by the description of “owner” or “occupier”, as the case may be, of the land or vessel (describing it); and

(b)either leaving it in the hands of a person who is or appears to be resident or employed on that land or vessel or by leaving it conspicuously affixed to the vessel or some building or object on or near the land.

(6)When serving a notice or other document on an individual whom the Commissioners have reason to believe lives on a vessel, the Commissioners must serve by delivery to the vessel, unless—

(a)the individual has specified some other means of service; or

(b)the Commissioners are satisfied that it is not reasonably practicable to serve by delivery to the vessel.

(7)This section is not to be taken to exclude the employment of any method of service not expressly provided for by it.

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