Building, Repairing and Breaking Up of Vessels
47. (1) No person shall build, repair or break up any vessel in any canal or on canal lands except with the written permission of the Superintending Engineer.
(2) No person shall authorize or do any repair work other than minor machinery repairs on any oil tanker while such tanker is in any canal or is dry docked on canal lands without the written permission of the Superintending Engineer or Superintendent, which permission shall be granted only on presentation of a certificate from a qualified chemical inspection company stating that the vessel is gas-free and safe for the work proposed.
(3) Except as otherwise provided in Part II, charges shall be levied on a vessel being built, repaired or broken up in any canal at the rates set out in Schedule V.
(4) In all cases of the building, repairing or breaking up of a vessel on canal property, the vessel shall be at the risk of the owner.
Removal of Abandoned and Sunken Vessels, Vehicles or Things
48. (1) The Chief may remove or destroy, by explosive or otherwise, any vessel that is abandoned, sunken, lying ashore or grounded in any canal and may, by public auction or otherwise, sell such vessel, together with the cargo, and apply the proceeds for reimbursement for the expenses incurred.
(2) If the net proceeds of the sale under subsection (1) are not sufficient to meet expenses, the amount of the deficiency shall be recoverable with costs from the owner or person in charge of the vessel or from the owner of any vessel which was used to move such vessel.
(3) The Chief may remove or destroy by explosives or otherwise any vehicle, structure or thing abandoned, sunken or lying ashore in any canal or abandoned on canal land, and may, by public sale or otherwise, sell such vehicle, structure or thing and apply the proceeds for reimbursement for the expenses incurred.
(4) If the net proceeds of the sale under subsection (3) are not sufficient to meet expenses, the amount of deficiency shall be recoverable with costs from the owner of such vehicle, structure or thing.
Explosives, Dangerous Cargo and Oil Products
49. (1) No vessel whose cargo consists in whole or in part of any explosive material, corrosive liquid or oxidizing material shall pass through any portion of any canal except with the written authority of the Minister and subject to such conditions and restrictions laid down in such authority.
(2) No high explosive or dangerous goods shall be brought on or carried over canal land except with the written authority of the Minister.
(3) A vessel employed in carrying explosives or dangerous or flammable goods such as fuel oil, crude oil or gasoline, shall, whether loaded, partly loaded or empty, fulfil all requirements of the Chief, Superintending Engineer or Superintendent while in canal waters.
(4) On oil tankers and similar vessels that carry flammable liquids there shall be provided and placed, when docking or locking, a sufficient number of timber fenders between the vessel’s hull and the dock or lock wall to prevent any metallic portion of such vessel from touching the side of the lock or dock wall.
Warning Signals on Vessels with Dangerous Cargoes
50. (1) A vessel whose cargo consists, in whole or in part, of explosives or flammable or otherwise dangerous liquids shall fly by day a red flag and at night shall show a red light.
(2) Both the flag and the light referred to in subsection (1) shall be displayed at the masthead or at another conspicuous position acceptable to the Superintendent and shall be visible all around for a distance of at least one mile.
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