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Merchant Shipping Act 1974

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4(1)For the purpose of determining whether an oil tanker not registered in the United Kingdom is certificated, or whether, if it were a United Kingdom oil tanker, it would qualify for the issue of a tanker construction certificate or a tanker exemption certificate, a competent officer may at all reasonable times go on board the tanker and inspect any part of it, and call for the production of any document carried in the tanker.

(2)An officer exercising powers under this paragraph shall not unnecessarily detain or delay a tanker but may, if he considers it necessary in order to determine—

(a)whether the tanker should be issued with leave to sail under section 12 of this Act, or whether leave to sail should be issued subject to any conditions under subsection (3) of that section, or

(b)whether an order should be issued in respect of the tanker under section 13 of this Act,

require the tanker to be taken into dock for a survey of its hull, cargo-spaces or fuel-tanks.

(3)If any person obstructs an officer acting under this paragraph, or fails to comply with a requirement made under sub-paragraph (2) above, or fails to produce a document carried in the tanker when called on by the officer to produce it, he shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than £100.

(4)In this paragraph " competent officer " means an officer of the Secretary of State authorised by him to act thereunder.

(5)Nothing in this paragraph prejudices section 76 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1970 (general powers of inspection).

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