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63C. Entry of offence in official log-book.-

If any offence within the meaning of this Act of desertion or absence without leave or against discipline is committed or if any act of misconduct is committed for which the offender's agreement imposes fine and it is intended to enforce the fine,-

(a) an entry of the offence or acts shall be made in the official log-book and signed by the master and one of the persons employed or engaged in any capacity on board of the mechanically propelled vessel;

(b) the offender shall be furnished with a copy of the entry and have the same read over distinctly and audibly to him and may thereupon make such reply thereto as he thinks fit;

(c) a statement of a copy of the entry having been so furnished and entry having been so read over and the reply, if any. made by the offender shall likewise be entered and signed in the manner aforesaid;

(d) in any subsequent legal proceedings the entries by this section required shall, if practicable, be produced or proved, and, in default of such production or proof, the court hearing the case may in its discretion refuse to receive evidence of the offence or act of misconduct.]

Inland Vessels Act, 1917 Back

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