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The Merchant Shipping (International Load Line Convention) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

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Cancellation of International Load Line Certificates and surrender of Convention certificates

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21.—(1) The Secretary of State may cancel an International Load Line Certificate issued in respect of a United Kingdom ship where the Secretary of State is satisfied that—

(a)the certificate was issued on false or erroneous information;

(b)information on the basis of which freeboards were assigned to the ship was incorrect in a material particular; or

(c)the ship ceases to comply with the conditions of assignment relating to it.

(2) Where the Secretary of State proposes to cancel a certificate, the Secretary of State must first notify the owner in writing, specifying the ground for the proposed cancellation.

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), the Secretary of State must not cancel the certificate until the owner has been given a reasonable opportunity to make representations, and the Secretary of State has considered any such representations made.

(4) Paragraph (3) does not apply where the Secretary of State considers that urgent safety considerations require immediate cancellation of the certificate.

(5) The Secretary of State may direct any Convention certificate issued under these Regulations which has expired, ceased to be valid, or been cancelled, to be surrendered.

(6) The requirement that the notification referred to in paragraph (2) should be in writing is satisfied where the text of a notification is—

(a)transmitted by electronic means,

(b)received in legible form, and

(c)capable of being used for subsequent reference.

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