Oil Pollution

In general under Section 131 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, If any oil or mixture containing oil is discharged into the sea from a ship, then the owner or master shall be guilty of an offence.

Under Section 144 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, the Harbour Master may detain a vessel if he has reason to believe that it has committed an offence by discharging oil, or a mixture containing oil, into the waters of the harbour.

Section 259(6) of the above Act gives the Harbour Master powers to board Vessels to investigate possible offences.

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