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

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Procedure to be adopted when a ship is deficient

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20.—(1) This regulation applies to an NLS ship where a surveyor determines that—

(a)the condition of the ship or its equipment does not correspond substantially with the particulars of the relevant NLS certificate (if any) issued in respect of the ship; or

(b)a ship is not fit to proceed to sea without presenting an unreasonable threat of harm to the marine environment.

(2) In the circumstances described in paragraph (1) the surveyor must—

(a)immediately advise the owner or master of the corrective action which, in the opinion of the surveyor, is required; and

(b)where the ship has a valid relevant NLS certificate, notify the Certifying Authority that issued the relevant NLS certificate as respects that ship that the owner or master has been so advised.

(3) The Certifying Authority must suspend the validity of any relevant NLS certificate if the corrective action advised in accordance with paragraph (2)(a) is not taken within the time specified by the surveyor.

(4) Where a Certifying Authority suspends the validity of the relevant NLS certificate issued in respect of a ship it must immediately give notice of such suspension—

(a)to the owner of the ship; and

(b)where the ship is in a port outside the United Kingdom, to the appropriate maritime authorities of the country in which the port is situated.

(5) Where the owner of the ship is given notice of suspension, that owner must notify the master of the ship in question of the suspension.

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