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|76. Grant of clearance.|
|Clearance required for departure to foreign port.||Clearance to be produced.|
Grant of clearance.
|76. (1) The master or agent of an aircraft or vessel, whether laden or in ballast, proposing to depart to a foreign port or place shall apply to the proper officer for a certificate of clearance.
(2) Where application for a certificate of clearance is made, then the proper officer shall not grant the certificate of clearance until he is satisfied that all the provisions of this Act in relation to the aircraft or vessel, its cargo, stores, baggage, crew and passengers have been complied with:
Provided that the proper officer may, by reason of the provisions of any other law, refuse to grant the certificate of clearance notwithstanding that he may be satisfied that this Act has been complied with.
(3) Where the master or agent of an aircraft, or of a vessel of less than two hundred and fifty tons register, makes application for a certificate of clearance, then he shall at the same time -
(a)deliver to the proper officer an outward manifest on the prescribed form and in the prescribed manner;
(b)produce to the proper officer all documents which he may require relating to the aircraft or vessel and its cargo, stores, baggage, crew and passengers;
(c)answer all questions which the proper officer may ask relating to the aircraft or vessel and its cargo, stores, baggage, crew and passengers.
(4) Where the master or agent of a vessel of two hundred and fifty tons register or more makes application for a certificate of clearance then the proper officer may grant clearance subject to an undertaking by the master or agent to deliver to the proper officer, within twenty-four hours of the grant of the certificate of clearance, the outward manifest of the vessel in the prescribed form and in the prescribed manner, and to answer all questions which he may be asked relating to the vessel, its cargo, stores, baggage, crew and passengers.
(5) Where an aircraft or vessel proposes to depart to a foreign port in ballast, then the aircraft or vessel shall be cleared in ballast, that is to say, the words "in ballast" shall be written in those parts of the form relating to the aircraft or vessel which contain provisions for the particulars of its cargo; and for the purpose of this subsection, an aircraft or vessel shall be deemed to be in ballast when the aircraft or vessel carries, in addition to the crew and its stores, only passengers and their bona fide personal baggage.
(6) The proper officer may permit the master or agent of an aircraft or vessel to amend an obvious error in the outward manifest, or to supply an omission which, in the opinion of the proper officer, results from accident or inadvertence, by furnishing an amended or supplementary outward manifest in the prescribed manner.
(7) Where a certificate of clearance has been granted but the aircraft or vessel in respect of which it was granted has not left the limits of the port in which it was granted, then the proper officer may inform, either orally or in writing the master of the aircraft or vessel that the certificate of clearance has been cancelled and may require the return of the certificate, and thereupon the certificate shall be deemed never to have been granted.
(8) A master or agent who contravenes an undertaking given under subsection (4), or who refuses to return a certificate of clearance when so required to do under subsection (7), shall be guilty of an offence.