Federal Law on the Implementation of the Int. Convention on Load Lines 1966

Ata Atun, Clelia Theodolou, Other Committee Members

 

 

 

 

Foundation Agreement

Annex III, Attachment 11, Law 26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Federal Law on the Implementation of the International Convention on Load Lines 1966


 

Short Title

 

1.        This Law may be cited as the Federal Law on the Implementation of the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966, as amended and the Protocol of 1988 to the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966, as amended.

 

Interpretation

 

2.(1)   In this Law, unless the context otherwise requires–

          

“Company” means the owner of the ship or any other organisation or person such as the manager or the bareboat charterer, who has assumed the responsibility for the operation of the ship from the owner and who on assuming the responsibility has agreed to take over all duties and responsibilities of the owner under this Law, the Convention, the Protocol and the Regulations made for their implementation

 

“Competent Authority” means the competent authority provided for in section 4;

 

 “Convention” means the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966 as amended by the Assembly of the International Maritime Organisation with Resolutions A.231(VII), A.318(IX), A.411(XI), A,513(13) and A.784(19), and as may be amended, from time to time, in accordance with the provisions of Article VI of the Protocol, provided that Cyprus has not objected to such amendments;

 

“Court” means a court of competent jurisdiction;

 

“Cyprus” means the United Cyprus Republic;

 

“Cyprus port” means a harbour basin within Cyprus and includes its anchorages and roadsteads;

 

“Cyprus ship” has the meaning assigned to it by the Federal Law on Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships, Sales, and Mortgages);

 

“Department” means the Department having responsibility for maritime affairs;

 

“Directorate” means the Directorate of Maritime Affairs

 

“Foreign ship” means a ship which is not a Cyprus ship;

 

“Gazette” means the federal Official Gazette;

 

“Member” means the member of the Presidential Council heading the Department;

 

 

 

 owner" means the person who owns the ship or a share therein and is registered as such in the Register of Ships of the flag state;

 

“Prescribed” means prescribed by a public instrument;

 

“Presidential Council” also includes the Transitional Federal Government referred to in Article 41 of the Constitution of the United Cyprus Republic;

 

“Protocol” means the Protocol of 1988 relating to the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966, as amended, and as may be amended, from time to time, in accordance with the provisions of Article VI, provided that Cyprus has not objected to such amendments;

 

“Public instrument” includes Regulations and Orders published in the Gazette and rules, instructions, directions, notices, notifications and circulars made or issued under this Law;

 

“Recognized bank” means a commercial bank registered with the Central Bank of Cyprus;

 

“Recognised organisation” has the meaning assigned to it by the Federal Law on Merchant Shipping (Recognition and Authorization of Organizations).

 

 

(2)       Words and phrases used in this Law and not defined herein, have the meaning assigned to them by the Convention and the Protocol.

 

 

(3)       For the purposes of this Law, the English text of the Convention and of the Protocol prevails.

 

Scope of Application

 

3         This Law applies to-

 

(a)         Cyprus ships subject to the provisions of the Convention or of the Protocol irrespective of where they may be; and

(b)         Foreign ships, irrespective of the flag they are entitled to fly, whilst they are within the territorial waters of Cyprus to the extent that such ships are subject to the provisions of the Convention or of the Protocol.

 

Competent Authority

 

4.(1)   The Competent Authority for the application of the provisions of this Law, the Convention, the Protocol, and the Regulations made for their implementation, shall be the Directorate of Maritime Affairs

 

(2)       Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Competent Authority shall have all the powers and competencies which by virtue of the Convention and of the Protocols may or are required to be exercised by Cyprus as a Contracting Government to the Convention or as Party to the Protocol, except those which have been specifically reserved, under this Law, for the Member and has the power-

 

(a)         to survey and inspect ships in accordance with the provisions of Article 14 of the Convention or any other specific provision of the Convention or of the Protocol;

(b)         to issue certificates to ships in accordance with the provisions of Articles 16 and 17 of the Convention or any other specific provision of the Convention or of the Protocol;

(c)         to control, and to detain, foreign ships in Cyprus ports in accordance with provisions of Article 21 of the Convention;

(d)         to inspect Cyprus ships, irrespective of where they may be and to detain, if necessary, such ships;

(e)         to grant exemptions to Cyprus ships in accordance with the provisions of Article 6 the Convention or any other specific provision of the Convention or of the Protocol;

(f)          to carry out investigations into casualties in accordance with Article 23 of the Convention;

(g)         to communicate to the International Maritime Organisation information in accordance with the provisions of Article 26 of the Convention and in accordance with the provisions of Article III of the Protocol or any other specific provision of the Convention or of the Protocol;

(h)         to supervise and monitor the work of persons and of recognised organisations entrusted by the Minister in accordance with section 5(3) to act on behalf of Cyprus;

(i)           to initiate criminal proceedings under this Law;

(j)           to determine the terms and conditions of bank and personal guarantees;

(k)         to impose administrative fines under this Law in accordance with the directions of the Minister to this end.

 

Supervising Authority

 

5.(1)   The Member shall be the supervising authority for all matters under this Law.

 

(2)       For the purposes of this Law, the Convention, the Protocol, and the Regulations made for their implementation the Member has the power-

 

(a)         to hear and decide upon hierarchical recourses in accordance with this Law;

(b)         to issue instructions and/or directions to the Competent Authority for the better implementation of this Law, the Convention, the Protocols and the Regulations made for their implementation;

(c)         to authorize the Competent Authority to issue instructions and/or directions to the owners, masters or any other person related to Cyprus ships;

(d)         to authorize the Competent Authority to issue instructions and/or directions to the owners and masters or any other person related to foreign ships whilst within the territorial waters of Cyprus;

(e)         to authorize the Competent Authority to issue instructions and/or directions to the surveyors nominated or recognised organisations acting on behalf of Cyprus for matters under this Law;

(f)          to approve, by an Order published in the Gazette, equivalent arrangements in accordance with the provisions of Article 8 of the Convention and to approve specific arrangements for experimental purposes in accordance with the provisions of Article 9 of the Convention;

(g)         to issue directions indicating contraventions of this Law, the Convention, the Protocol, and the Regulations made for their implementation and the range of corresponding administrative fines for each such contravention:

Provided always that the Competent Authority retains the right of deciding freely the amount of the administrative fine to be imposed under this Law, on the basis of the facts and merits of each particular case, in exercise of its discretionary power, so long as such discretion is exercised within the framework of such directions.

 

 

(3)       The Member may authorize, in accordance with the provisions of Article 13 of the Convention, the survey, inspection and marking of any Cyprus ship, subject to the provisions of this Law, and the issue, on behalf of Cyprus, of certificates to such ships to surveyors nominated for the purpose or recognized organizations.

 

Prohibition of Sailing

 

6.(1)   The sailing of ships, which are subject to the provisions of this Law, is prohibited for as long as they do not comply with the requirements of this Law, the Convention, the Protocol, and the Regulations made for their implementation.

 

(2)       If during, the exercise of control, in accordance with Article 21, or the inspection, by the Competent Authority, of any Cyprus ship under this Law, the Competent Authority ascertains any contravention of this Law, the Convention, the Protocol, and the Regulations made for their implementation deficiencies or irregularities, the Competent Authority shall confirm to the master the particular deficiency or irregularity in writing, call the master to explain the situation in writing and issue an order prohibiting the ship from sailing until the Competent Authority is satisfied that-

 

(a)         the deficiencies and irregularities have been rectified and/or the ship can proceed to sea without danger to the passengers or crew; and

(b)         the charges for the inspection of the ship, in order to confirm the rectification of the above deficiencies and irregularities and/or ascertainment of the ability of the ship proceed to sea without danger to the passengers or crew, have been paid by or on behalf of the ship; and.

(c)         in case of an administrative fine being imposed in accordance with the provisions of this Law, such fine has been paid.

 

(3)       An order prohibiting the ship from sailing under sub-section (2) shall also include information about the right to hierarchical recourse under this Law.

 

Criminal Offences

 

7.(1)   A master, who attempts to sail in contravention of the prohibition of sailing imposed on the ship under the provisions of this Law, shall be guilty of an offence, and upon conviction, shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to a fine not exceeding five thousand pounds, or to both such sentences.

 

(2)       The owner, the Company, the agent of the ship or any other person who knowingly aids and/or assists in the commission of an offence under sub-section (1) commits the same offence.

 

(3)       A fine imposed under this Law shall be paid to the Federal Government.

 

(4)       For the purposes of this section, the competent Court, in case of a ship committing an offence under sub-section (1), whilst within any Cyprus port, is the competent Court of the respective constituent State.

 

Administrative Fine

 

8.(1)   Without prejudice to sub-section (8), contravention of the provisions of this Law, the Convention, the Protocol, and the Regulations made for their implementation, shall be punishable, notwithstanding whether a case of criminal or disciplinary liability arises under any other legal provision, with an administrative fine not exceeding five thousand pounds, depending on the seriousness of the contravention.

 

(2)       An administrative fine under sub-section (1) shall be imposed on the owner or the Company or the master, by a reasoned decision of the Competent Authority confirming the contravention.

 

(3)       The amount of any fine imposed under sub-sections (1) and (2), shall be calculated in each case on the basis of directions issued by the Member under this Law.

 

(4)       The Competent Authority shall notify in writing the person, on whom an administrative fine has been imposed under sub-sections (1) and (2), of its decision imposing the administrative fine and, in case the sailing of the ship has been prohibited under this Law, it shall not allow lifting of the order prohibiting the ship from sailing under this Law, until the administrative fine has been paid, or a bank guarantee issued by a recognized bank of equal amount for the benefit of and with terms satisfying the Competent Authority has been deposited.

 

(5)       A notification under sub-section (4) shall also include information about the right to hierarchical recourse under this Law.

 

(6)       Notwithstanding the provisions of sub-section (4), the sailing of a detained ship which calls regularly in Cyprus may be exceptionally allowed, for only one single return voyage, without the previous payment of the administrative fine imposed or the deposit of a bank guarantee as provided above is effected, so as not to disrupt regular transport services or for any other exceptional reasons, or if the prompt production of a bank guarantee has proved practically impossible-

 

(a)         if the Member approves the sailing of the ship; or

(b)         a personal guarantee for the benefit of and with terms satisfying the Competent Authority has been deposited on behalf of the ship.

 

In such a case the administrative fine due shall be paid on the first return of the ship to Cyprus.

 

(7)       Administrative fines and bank guarantees shall be paid to the Federal Government.

 

(8)       No administrative fine shall be imposed on any foreign ship under sub-section (1) unless the contravention has caused or threatens to cause loss of life or personal injury or serious damage to property in the territory of Cyprus.

 

Hierarchical Recourse

 

9.(1)   A recourse may be filed with the Member against-

 

(a)         an order of the Competent Authority prohibiting the sailing of a ship under this Law; or

(b)         a decision of the Competent Authority imposing an administrative fine under this Law.

 

(2)       A recourse under sub-section (1) shall be filed-

 

(a)         within seventy two hours from the time of issue of the order prohibiting the sailing of the ship;

(b)         within thirty days from the date of notification of the decision to impose an administrative fine in the case of a contravention confirmed in a Cyprus port;

(c)         within sixty days from the date of notification of the decision to impose an administrative fine of a contravention confirmed in a foreign port.

 

(3)       A recourse under sub-section (1) shall not suspend the execution of an order prohibiting the sailing of the ship or of a decision imposing an administrative fine.

 

(4)       The Member shall examine the hierarchical recourse and shall, after having heard the interested parties or having given them an opportunity to express their views in writing, issue a decision on the recourse pursuant to sub-section (5)-

 

(a)         in case the recourse relates to an order prohibiting the sailing of a ship, not later than twenty-four hours;

(b)         in case the recourse relates to a decision imposing an administrative fine, not later than ten days;

 

from the time of the last hearing or of the receipt of the written submissions of the interested parties.

 

(5)       The Member may decide-

 

(a)         to confirm the challenged order or decision; or

(b)         to declare the challenged order or decision null and void; or

(c)         to amend the challenged decision; or

(d)         to issue a new decision in substitution for the challenged decision.

 

(6)       A decision under sub-section (5) shall also include information about the right to a recourse to the Supreme Court of Cyprus in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Law on the Administration of Justice

 

(7)       A recourse under sub-section (6) shall not suspend the execution of a decision under sub-section (5).

 

(8)       The Competent Authority shall collect any amounts due under a bank guarantee in relation to an administrative fine imposed under this Law-

 

(a)         if no recourse to the Member is filed under subsection (1), after the lapse of the time limits specified in sub-sections (2)(b) or (c); or

(b)         if no recourse to the Supreme Court of Cyprus is filed against a decision made by the Member under sub-section (5), after the lapse of [seventy five] days from the date of the notification of the decision of the Member; or

(c)         upon the issue of a decision of the Supreme Court of Cyprus dismissing the case.

 

Court action for collection of the Administrative Fines

 

10.      In case of failure to pay an administrative fine imposed under this Law, the Competent Authority may take steps for the collection of the amount due as a civil debt.

 

Fines and costs to be a charge on the ship

 

11.      Notwithstanding the provisions of any other Law, fines or administrative fines imposed under this Law, as well as any charges for the inspection of the ship after its sailing has been prohibited under this Law, constitute a charge on the ship and shall be satisfied in priority against any other creditors, subject to their ranking after the last mortgage.

 

Regulations

 

12.(1) The Presidential Council may make Regulations published in the Gazette for prescribing or regulating any matter, which, according to the provisions of this Law, the Convention and the Protocol, needs to, or may, be prescribed or regulated.

 

(2)       Without prejudice to the generality of sub-section (1), the Regulations made under that subsection may provide for a fine of up to five thousand pounds for the contravention of any of these regulations.