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(1)Subject to the following provisions of this section, in this Act “ ” means any harbour authority—
(a)which has statutory powers in relation to the regulation of shipping movements and the safety of navigation within its harbour; and
(b)whose harbour falls wholly or partly within an active former pilotage district;
and references to a harbour authority’s harbour are to the area or areas inside the limits of which its statutory powers and duties as a harbour authority are exercisable but, where there are two or more separate such areas, include only those areas which fall wholly or partly within an active former pilotage district.
(2)In this Act any reference to a former pilotage district is to a district which was a pilotage district within the meaning of the M1Pilotage Act 1983 immediately before the day appointed for the coming into force of this Part of this Act (“the appointed day”) and for the purposes of subsection (1) above such a district is an active district if—
(a)at least one act of pilotage was performed there in 1984, 1985, 1986 or 1987 in respect of which information was given by the pilotage authority for the district in a return made by it under section 19 of that Act; or
(b)a certificate granted under section 20 of that Act (masters’ and first mates’ pilotage certificates) was in force in respect of the district at any time in any of those years in respect of which information was so given.
(3)If the Secretary of State considers that in the interests of efficiency and safety of navigation a competent harbour authority should exercise pilotage functions both as respects its harbour and another area, he may by order provide—
(a)that this Act shall apply to that authority as if its harbour included that other area; and
(b)in a case where the other area is or falls within the harbour of another competent harbour authority, that that other authority shall not be a competent harbour authority for the purposes of this Act.
(4)A harbour authority which is not a competent harbour authority may apply to the Secretary of State to be treated for the purposes of this Act as such an authority and on such an application the Secretary of State may by order provide that the applicant shall be a competent harbour authority for the purposes of this Act.
(5)The Secretary of State may by order amend or revoke an order made under subsection (3) or (4) above if it appears to him to be appropriate to do so having regard to any change of circumstances which has occurred since the order was made.
(6)The Secretary of State shall maintain a list of the authorities which are for the time being competent harbour authorities for the purposes of this Act.
(7)Before making an order under this section the Secretary of State shall inform the persons he considers may be affected by the order of the terms of the proposed order and that they may within such reasonable period as he may specify object to the making of the order by giving him notice in writing.
(8)Where any person has duly objected under subsection (7) above to the making of a proposed order and has not withdrawn his objection, then if the Secretary of State makes an order in that form (or a substantially similar form) it shall be subject to special parliamentary procedure, and the M2Statutory Orders (Special Procedure) Act 1945 shall have effect accordingly, but as if—
(a)sections 2 and 10(2) of that Act (which relate to preliminary proceedings) were omitted; and
(b)that Act extended to Northern Ireland and, in the application of section 7(3) of that Act to Northern Ireland, for any reference to a local authority and the Secretary of State there were substituted respectively a reference to a district council and the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland.
(9)For the purposes of subsection (1) above “ ” does not include—
(a)any authority excluded by virtue of section 58 of the M3Harbours Act 1964 from being taken as a harbour authority for the purposes of that Act;
(b)a Queen’s harbour master; or
(c)any own account operator.
(10)For the purposes of subsection (1)(a) above powers exercisable by the harbour master for a harbour shall be taken to be exercisable by the harbour authority which appointed him.
(11)In this section “own account operator” means a statutory harbour undertaker within the meaning of section 42 of the Harbours Act 1964 or a harbour authority within the meaning of the M4Harbours Act (Northern Ireland) 1970 whose activities in the harbour in question relate wholly or mainly to ships resorting to the harbour wholly or mainly for the purpose of bringing or receiving goods which—
(a)have been manufactured or produced by the statutory harbour undertaker or, as the case may be, the harbour authority or any connected person; or
(b)are to be used by him or any connected person for the manufacture or production of goods or electricity;
and for the purposes of this subsection a person is connected with a statutory harbour undertaker or, as the case may be, harbour authority, if he is a holding company or subsidiary of the undertaker, or authority, or a member of a consortium the members of which between them own, directly or indirectly, more than half the issued share capital of the undertaker or authority.
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