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Mineral Workings (Offshore Installations) Act 1971

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3Construction and survey regulations for offshore installations

(1)The Secretary of State may make regulations—

(a)requiring offshore installations or parts of offshore installations to be certified by such persons and in such manner as may be provided by the regulations to be, in respect of such matters affecting safety as may be so provided, fit for the purpose or purposes specified by the regulations,

(b)imposing requirements as to the survey, testing and inspection of installations or parts of installations in respect of matters covered or required to be covered by a certificate of fitness,

(c)imposing any prohibition or restriction as respects installations or parts of installations which, in any respect, fail to comply with any provisions of the regulations.

(2)Regulations under this section may make provision—

(a)for the issue of certificates of fitness, and the custody, surrender, production or display of the certificates or copies of them,

(b)for requiring the payment of fees in connection with the making of applications under the regulations, the carrying out of surveys or tests, the issue of certificates or other matters,

(c)for matters arising out of the termination or modification of any certificate of fitness,

(d)for any other incidental matters.

(3)The regulations may provide for exempting, or authorising the Secretary of State to exempt, any installation or part of an installation from all or any of the provisions of the regulations, either in a particular case, or in a specified class or description of cases.

(4)It shall be the duty of the owner of the offshore installation, and of the installation manager and of the concession owner, to ensure that the provisions of regulations under this section are complied with, and, if regulations under this section are contravened in any respect in relation to an offshore installation when it is within waters to which this Act applies, the owner of the offshore installation, the installation manager and the concession owner shall each be guilty of an offence under this section, and shall be liable—

(a)on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £400,

(b)on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to a fine, or both.

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