The Inland Vessels Act, 2021

CourtMinistry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways
Date11 August 2021
Enactment Date11 August 2021
Record Number202124
Act Number24
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THE INLAND VESSELS ACT, 2021
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ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
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CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY
SECTIONS
1. Short title, extent and commencement.
2. Application and scope.
3. Definitions.
CHAPTER II
DECLARATION OF INLAND WATER AREA INTO ZONES
4. Declaration of inland water area into Zones.
CHAPTER III
ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS
5. Administrative role of Central Government and State Governments.
6. Competent authority.
CHAPTER IV
SURVEY OF INLAND VESSELS
7. Power to classify and categorise for purpose of survey.
8. Construction, alteration or modification of mechanically propelled inland vessel.
9. Survey of vessels.
10. Appointment and qualifications of surveyors.
11. Powers of surveyors.
12. Grant of certificate of survey and procedures.
13. Provisional certificate of survey and its effect.
14. Mechanically propelled inland vessels not to proceed without certificate of survey, and
requirement of Zone to be specified in such certificate.
15. Suspension and cancellation of certificate of survey.
16. Delivery of expired, suspended or cancelled certificate of survey.
CHAPTER V
REGISTRATION
17. Registration
18. Requirement of certificate of registration.
19. Owner or master to carry certificate of registration.
20. Appointment of ports or places of registry and Registrars of Inland Vessels.
21. Book of registry.
22. Central database of inland vessels.
23. Application and processes of registration of vessels.
24. Grant of certificate of registration and marking of vessel.
25. Effect of certificate of registration.
26. Duplicate certificate.
27. Provisional certificate of registration.
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28. Registration of modifications or alterations.
29. Change of residence or place of business.
30. Prohibition against transfer of ownership of registered vessel.
31. Suspension of certificate of registration.
32. Cancellation of registration.
33. Mortgage of mechanically propelled inland vessel or share therein.
CHAPTER VI
MANNING, QUALIFICATION, TRAINING, EXAMINATION AND CERTIFICATION
34. Training and minimum age for employment.
35. Minimum manning scale and manning requirements.
36. Appointment and duties of examiners.
37. Grant of certificate of competency.
38. Certificate of service.
39. Effect of certificate of competency or certificate of service.
40. Suspension and cancellation of certificate.
41. Registry of certificate holders and central registry.
CHAPTER VII
SPECIAL CATEGORY VESSELS
42. Special category vessels.
43. Appointment or authorisation of officers to implement provisions, grant certificate of fitness, etc.
44. Safety of passengers or service users.
45. Inspection of vessel.
46. Suspension or cancellation of certificate of fitness.
CHAPTER VIII
NAVIGATION SAFETY AND SIGNALS
47. Navigation safety, lights and signals.
48. Obligation to ensure safe navigation.
49. Distress signal.
50. Assistance to vessels in distress and persons in distress.
51. Life saving, fire safety and communication appliances.
CHAPTER IX
PREVENTION OF POLLUTION CAUSED BY INLAND VESSEL
52. Chemicals, etc., to be designated as pollutants.
53. Certificate of prevention of pollution.
54. Reception facilities and containment of pollution.
55. Appointment of surveyor or officer to inspect.
56. Investigation into incidents of pollution.
CHAPTER X
WRECK AND SALVAGE
57. Prohibition against intentionally causing wreck.
58. Receivers of wreck.
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59. Powers of Central Government to make rules for Chapter X.
CHAPTER XI
LIABILITY AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
60. Liability under Act.
61. Apportionment of loss.
62. Liability for personal injury, loss of life or pollution to environment.
63. Detention of mechanically propelled inland vessel.
64. Limitation of liability.
65. Non-applicability of limitation.
CHAPTER XII
INSURANCE OF MECHANICALLY PROPELLED VESSELS PLYING IN INLAND WATERS
66. Insurance to cover.
67. Contractual liability not to cover.
68. Issuance and terms of insurance policy.
69. Duty to indemnify and direct action against insurer.
70. Effect of death on certain causes of action.
71. Effect of certificate of insurance.
72. Transfer of certificate of insurance.
73. Powers of Central Government to make rules for Chapter XII.
CHAPTER XIII
INQUIRY INTO CASUALITY, ACCIDENT OR WRECK
74. Reporting of casualty, accident, wreck, etc.
75. Preliminary enquiry by designated authority and inquiry by District Magistrate.
76. Assessors.
77. Report of District Magistrate to be notified by State Government.
78. Powers of District Magistrate subsequent to inquiry.
79. Power of State Government to suspend, cancel and confiscate certificate.
CHAPTER XIV
REGULATION OF TRADE PRACTICES
80. Powers of Central Government to protect interests of service providers and service users.
81. Prohibited goods and dangerous goods.
82. Trade permission and endorsement of certificates of foreign vessels.
CHAPTER XV
PILOTAGE, VESSEL DETENTION AND DEVELOPMENT FUND
83. Pilotage.
84. Certified master to be deemed pilot under Act 15 of 1908.
85. Vessel detention and forfeiture.
86. Constitution of Development Fund.

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