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The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution from Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk) Regulations 2018

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Additional surveys of United Kingdom NLS ships

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14.—(1) This regulation applies to a United Kingdom NLS ship where—

(a)a repair resulting from an investigation referred to in regulation 13(5) has been made to the ship; or

(b)an important repair or renewal has been made to the ship.

(2) A ship to which this regulation applies must not be enabled to—

(a)proceed to sea; or

(b)(if it is already at sea) remain at sea,

unless the requirements in paragraph (3) are met.

(3) The requirements are that—

(a)a relevant additional survey has been carried out in respect of the ship;

(b)at the date of the survey the surveyor is satisfied that—

(i)the repair or renewal has been made effectively;

(ii)the materials used in, and the workmanship of, the repair or renewal are satisfactory in all respects; and

(iii)the ship complies in all respects with the requirements of these Regulations; and

(c)the surveyor has issued a report expressing the satisfaction required by sub-paragraph (b).

(4) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(b) an important repair or renewal is a repair or renewal which is required to be effected in order to—

(a)address a defect which substantially affects the integrity of the ship or the efficiency or completeness of the equipment of the ship; or

(b)ensure compliance with the requirements of Annex II.

(5) In the case of a dispute as to whether a repair or renewal effected or intended to be effected in respect of a ship is an important repair or renewal for the purposes of paragraph (1)(b), the owner or master of a ship may serve a written request upon the Secretary of State seeking advice.

(6) A repair or renewal is to be regarded as not being an important repair or renewal for those purposes unless the Secretary of State advises to the contrary within 21 days of receipt of a request under paragraph (5).

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