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392. Duty of receiver where vessel is in distress.-

Where any vessel is wrecked, stranded or in distress at any place on or near the coasts of India, the receiver of wreck, within the limits of whose jurisdiction the place is situate, shall, upon being made acquainted with the circumstances, forthwith proceed there, and upon his arrival shall take command of all persons present and shall assign such duties and give such directions to each person as he thinks fit for the preservation of the vessel and of the lives of the person's belonging to the vessel and of its cargo and equipment: Provided that the receiver shall not interfere between the master and the crew of the vessel, in reference to the management thereof unless he is requested to do so by the master.

Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 1986 Back

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