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

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Cargo Record Book

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29.—(1) Every NLS ship must be provided with a Cargo Record Book in the form specified in Appendix 2 to Annex II.

(2) Following completion of any operation specified in Appendix 2 to Annex II, that operation must be recorded promptly in the Cargo Record Book.

(3) In the event of—

(a)an accidental discharge of a noxious liquid substance, or of a mixture containing such a substance, from the ship; or

(b)a discharge made under the provisions of regulation 3 of Annex II,

an entry must be made in the Cargo Record Book stating the circumstances of, and the reason for, the discharge.

(4) Each entry in the Cargo Record Book must be signed by the officer or officers in charge of the relevant operation.

(5) Each page of the Cargo Record Book must be signed by the master of the ship.

(6) In the case of a United Kingdom NLS ship, the Cargo Record Book must be written in English and, in the case of any other NLS ship, it must be written in or translated into English, French or Spanish.

(7) Where an entry has been written in the national language of the State whose flag the ship is entitled to fly as well as in English, French or Spanish, in the case of any dispute or discrepancy the entry made in that national language prevails.

(8) The Cargo Record Book must be kept in such a place as to be readily available for inspection and, except in the case of unmanned ships under tow, must be kept on board the ship to which it relates.

(9) A Cargo Record Book must be retained for a period of three years after the last entry has been made.

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