Certificate of inspection
397. (1) No fishing vessel shall proceed to sea unless a Certificate of Inspection applicable to the intended voyage is in force.
(2) A Certificate of Inspection in respect of a fishing vessel shall specify-
(a) the name and tonnage of the vessel;
(b) the name, occupation and address of the owner;
(c) the name of the skipper and engine driver;
(d) the type of engine;
(e) the minimum number of crew that may be carried;
(f) the limits within which the vessel may be used for purposes of fishing;
(g) the particulars of life saving and fire appliances, and lights and shapes, and the means of making fog and distress signals carried on board,
and shall contain a statement to the effect that her hull, machinery and equipment are in good condition.
(3) A Certificate of Inspection shall be in force for one year or for such shorter period as may be specified therein.
(4) The Collector of Customs shall not grant a port clearance until after the production of a Certificate of Inspection in respect of the vessel.
(5) Where at any time after the issue of a Certificate of Inspection in respect of a fishing vessel, the Government has reason to believe that the vessel is not fit to proceed to sea, or that the vessel has undergone material alteration or has met with an accident, it may, after giving the owner an opportunity of making a representation, cancel such certificate.
(6) A fresh Certificate of Inspection shall not be issued until the requirements of section 394 have been satisfied, nor unless the vessel has been inspected and the authority making the inspection is satisfied that the vessel is fit to proceed to sea.