(1) A Contracting Government may at the request
of another Contracting Government cause a ship to be surveyed and,
if satisfied that the provisions of the present Convention are complied
with, shall issue or authorize the issue of the International Load
Line Certificate to the ship and, where appropriate, endorse or authorize
the endorsement of the certificate on the ship in accordance with
the present Convention.
(2) A copy of the certificate, a copy of the survey
report used for computing the freeboard, and a copy of the computations
shall be transmitted as early as possible to the requesting Government.
(3) A certificate so issued must contain a statement
to the effect that it has been issued at the request of the Government
of the State whose flag the ship is or will be flying and it shall
have the same force and receive the same recognition as a certificate
issued under Article 16.
(4) No International Load Line Certificate shall
be issued to a ship which is flying the flag of a State the Government
of which is not a Contracting Government.