Survey and measurement of ships before registration
19. (1) Every ship in respect of which an application for registration is made, shall, at the expense of the owner, be surveyed by a Surveyor or by any Surveyor of a Classification Society duly authorised by the Government and the tonnage of the ship ascertained in the prescribed manner.
(2) The Surveyor or the Classification Society so authorised shall grant to the owner a certificate in the prescribed form specifying the ship's tonnage and build and such other particulars descriptive of the identity of the ship as may be prescribed; and the owner shall deliver the certificate to the Registrar before registration.
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