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356-I. Oil reception facilities at ports in India.-

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, in respect of every port in India, the powers of the port authority shall include the power to provide 1[reception facilities].

(2) A port authority providing 1[reception facilities] or a person providing such facilities by arrangement with the port authority, may make charges for the use of the facilities at such rates and may impose such conditions in respect of the use thereof as may be approved, by notification in the Official Gazette, by the Central Government in respect of the port.

(3) Where the Central Government is satisfied that there are no 1[ reception facilities] at any port in India or that the facilities available at such port are not adequate for enabling ships calling at such port to comply with the requirements of the Convention, the Central Government may, after consultation with the port authority in charge of such port, direct, by order in writing, such authority to provide or arrange for the provision of such 1[reception facilities] as may be specified in the order.

(4) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify the ports in India having 1[reception facilities] in accordance with the requirements of the Convention.

Explanation.-For the purpose of this section, "port authority" means,-

(a) in relation to any major port, the Board of Trustees in respect of that port constituted under any law for the time being in force;

(b) in relation to any other port, the Conservator of the Port, within the meaning of section 7 of the Indian Ports Act, 1908 (15 of 1908).

Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 1986 Back

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