(a) The condition of the ship and its equipment
shall be maintained to conform with the provisions of the present
regulations to ensure that the ship in all respects will remain fit
to proceed to sea without danger to the ship or persons on board.
(b) After any survey of the ship under regulations 7, 8, 9 or 10 has
been completed, no change shall be made in the structural arrangements,
machinery, equipment and other items covered by the survey, without
the sanction of the Administration.
(c) Whenever an accident occurs to a ship or a
defect is discovered, either of which affects the safety of the ship
or the efficiency or completeness of its life-saving appliances or
other equipment, the master or owner of the ship shall report at the
earliest opportunity to the Administration, the nominated surveyor
or recognized organization responsible for issuing the relevant certificate,
who shall cause investigations to be initiated to determine whether
a survey, as required by regulations 7, 8, 9 or 10, is necessary. If the ship is in a
port of another Contracting Government, the master or owner shall
also report immediately to the appropriate authorities of the port
State and the nominated surveyor or recognized organization shall
ascertain that such a report has been made.