The Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2007

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THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2007

NO. 40 OF 2007

[24th September, 2007.]

An Act further to amend the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 and the Indian Ports Act, 1908.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Fifty-eighth Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

CHAPTER I

PRELIMINARY

CHAPTER I

PRELIMINARY

1.

Short title and commencement.

1. Short title and commencement. - (1) This Act may be called the Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2007.

(2) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint; and different dates may be appointed for different provisions of this Act.

CHAPTER II

AMENDMENT OF THE MERCHANT SHIPPING ACT, 1958

CHAPTER II

AMENDMENT OF THE MERCHANT SHIPPING ACT, 1958

2.

Amendment of long title.

2. Amendment of long title. - In the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 (hereinafter referred to as the principal Act), in the long title, for the word "registration", the words "registration, certification, safety and security" shall be substituted.

3.

Amendment of section 3.

3. Amendment of section 3. - In section 3 of the principal Act, after clause (44), the following clause shall be inserted, namely:-

'(44A) "security" means maritime security and includes any measure to protect ports or ships or any person or thing relating directly or indirectly to maritime navigation,-

(i) against terrorism, sabotage, stowaways, illegal migrants, asylum seekers, piracy, armed robbery, seizure or pilferage; and (ii) against any other hostile act or influence which threatens the security in the maritime transport sector, employed by the owners or operators or persons in charge of the vessels or manage-ment of port facilities, offshore installations and other marine organisations or establishments;'.

4.

Amendment of section 31.

4. Amendment of section 31. - In section 31 of the principal Act, after clause (a), the following clause shall be inserted, namely:-

"(aa) the ship identification number;".

5.

Insertion of new section 99A.

5. Insertion of new section 99A. - After section 99 of the principal Act, the following section shall be inserted, namely:-

'99A. Prohibition of engagement of seafarer without seafarer's identity document. - (1) No person shall engage or carry to sea any seafarer in any ship, unless the seafarer is in possession of seafarer's identity document.

(2) The seafarer's identity document under sub-section (1) shall be issued in such form and manner and on payment of such fees as may be prescribed.

Explanation.-For the...

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