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Fishing Vessels (Safety Provisions) Act 1970

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1Fishing vessel construction rules

(1)The Board of Trade may make rules (in this Act referred to as " fishing vessel construction rules ") prescribing requirements for the hull, equipment and machinery of fishing vessels of any description registered in the United Kingdom (including any description framed by reference to the areas in which the vessels operate or the dates on which they were first registered in the United Kingdom or on which their construction was begun).

(2)The Board of Trade may exempt any fishing vessel or description of fishing vessel from any requirement of the fishing vessel construction rules, either generally or for a specified time or with respect to a specified voyage or to voyages in a specified area, and may do so subject to any specified conditions.

(3)A surveyor of ships may inspect any fishing vessel for the purpose of seeing that it complies with the fishing vessel construction rules, and for that purpose shall have all the powers of a Board of Trade inspector under the [1894 c. 60.] Merchant Shipping Act 1894.

(4)If—

(a)the fishing vessel construction rules are contravened with respect to any vessel; or

(b)a vessel is, under subsection (2) of this section, exempted from any requirement subject to a condition and the condition is not complied with ;

the owner or master of the vessel shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £400.

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