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344G. Notice of accidents to nuclear ships.-

(1) Where an Indian nuclear ship meets with an accident and such accident is likely to lead to environmental hazards, the master of the ship shall forthwith give notice of the accident-

(a) to such officer or authority as may be specified in this behalf by the Central Government; and

(b) if the ship is in or intends to enter the territorial water of a foreign State, also to the appropriate Government authority of the State.

(2) Where a nuclear ship other than an Indian ship meets with an accident of the nature specified in sub-section (1) while she is in the territorial waters of, or at a port in, India, the master of the ship shall forthwith give notice of the accident to the officer or authority specified under clause (a) of sub-section (1).

(3) On receipt of a notice under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2), the officer or authority specified under clause (a) of sub-section (1) shall issue such directions as he thinks necessary and expedient in the circumstances of the case and investigate into the causes of the accident in such manner as may be prescribed.

(4) A copy of the directions issued under sub-section (3) and a report of the findings of the investigation shall be sent to the Central Government within such time as may be prescribed.

(5) Where a nuclear ship other than an Indian ship meets with an accident of the nature specified in sub-section (1) at any port or place outside India and intends to enter the territorial waters of India in a damaged condition, the master of such ship shall give notice of the nature of the accident and the condition of the ship in such form as may be prescribed to the officer or authority specified under clause (a) of sub-section (1) and shall comply with such directions as that officer or authority may give.

(6) The provisions of this section are in addition to and not in derogation of the provisions, of Part XII of this Act.



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