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Marine Surveyors

Volume 176: debated on Friday 13 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list in the Official Report a summary of the results of the seven prosecutions initiated by his Department's marine surveyors, referred to in his reply to the hon. Member for Harborough on 26 April, Official Report, column 264.

The results of the seven prosecutions referred to in my reply to the hon. Member for Harborough on 26 April, Official Report, column 264, were as follows:

  • (i) failure to supply master with a dangerous goods declaration for explosives, contravention of Classification and Labelling of Explosives Regulations 1983: shipper fined £1,000, owners fined £250, £150 and £100 on three counts;
  • (ii) failure to carry a valid load line certificates: owner fined £25;
  • (iii) defective lifeboats, and officers certificate lacking suitable dangerous cargo endorsements: master fined £7,500, with £3,000 costs;
  • (iv) defects identified by port state control inspection: case dropped;
  • (v) failure to comply with MS (Radio) (Fishing Vessel) Rules 1974: case dropped;
  • (vi) prosecution of master and owners under the Deck Officer Regulations and Load Line Act 1967: case still under consideration;
  • (vii) prosecution of master and owners for carrying more than 12 pasengers without a passenger certificate: case still under consideration.