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Merchant Shipping Act 1974

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13Restrictions on uncertificated tankers

(1)If it appears to the Secretary of State that an oil tanker is not certificated (within the meaning of Schedule 3 to this Act) he may direct the oil tanker—

(a)not to enter any port in the United Kingdom (or not to enter one or more specified ports in the United Kingdom); or

(b)not to enter all or any ports in the United Kingdom except subject to specified conditions.

(2)A direction may be given under this section in respect of an oil tanker which is for the time being in a port in the United Kingdom, so as to apply after it leaves that port.

(3)Directions under this section shall be addressed to the master or owner of the tanker, or to both, and may be communicated by any means which appear to the Secretary of State suitable for the purpose.

(4)Subject to subsection (5) below, if an oil tanker enters a port in the United Kingdom in contravention of a direction under this section, or without complying with any conditions imposed under this section, the owner and the master of the tanker shall each be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £15,000, or on conviction on indictment to a fine.

(5)In proceedings under subsection (4) above, it shall be a defence to prove that the tanker entered the port out of necessity due—

(a)to an emergency involving a threat to any person's life or the safety of the tanker, or

(b)to circumstances outside the control of the tanker's master.

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