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Merchant Shipping Act 1988

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4In section 56 (formal investigation into shipping casualty or incident), for subsections (5) and (6) substitute—

(5)The wreck commissioner or sheriff may make such awards as he thinks just with regard to the costs of the investigation and of any parties at the investigation, and with regard to the parties by whom those costs are to be paid; and any such award of the wreck commissioner may, on the application of any party named in it, be made an order of the High Court.

(6)Any costs directed by an award to be paid shall be taxable—

(a)in the High Court, or

(b)where the investigation was held in Scotland, by the auditor of the sheriff court in which it was held and in accordance with the table of fees regulating the taxation of solicitors' accounts.

(6A)The wreck commissioner or sheriff shall make a report on the investigation to the Secretary of State.

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