(a) Every ship when in a port of another Contracting
Government is subject to control by officers duly authorized by such
Government in so far as this control is directed towards verifying
that the certificates issued under regulation 12 or 13 are valid.
(b) Such certificates, if valid, shall be accepted
unless there are clear grounds for believing that the condition of
the ship or of its equipment does not correspond substantially with
the particulars of any of the certificates or that the ship and its
equipment are not in compliance with the provisions of regulation 11 (a) and (b).
(c) In the circumstances given in paragraph (b)
or where a certificate has expired or ceased to be valid, the officer
carrying out the control shall take steps to ensure that the ship
shall not sail until it can proceed to sea or leave the port for the
purpose of proceeding to the appropriate repair yard without danger
to the ship or persons on board.
(d) In the event of this control giving rise
to an intervention of any kind, the officer carrying out the control
shall forthwith inform, in writing, the Consul or, in his absence,
the nearest diplomatic representative of the State whose flag the
ship is entitled to flyfootnote of all the circumstances
in which intervention was deemed necessary. In addition, nominated
surveyors or recognized organizations responsible for the issue of
the certificates shall also be notified. The facts concerning the
intervention shall be reported to the Organization.
(e) The port State authority concerned shall notify
all relevant information about the ship to the authorities of the
next port of call, in addition to parties mentioned in paragraph (d),
if it is unable to take action as specified in paragraphs (c) and
(d) or if the ship has been allowed to proceed to the next port of
(f) When exercising control under this regulation
all possible efforts shall be made to avoid a ship being unduly detained
or delayed. If a ship is thereby unduly detained or delayed it shall
be entitled to compensation for any loss or damage suffered.