Merchant Shipping Act 2010
Powers of surveyors ( Chapter 1).
23.— (1) A surveyor of ships may board and inspect any ship to which this Chapter applies for the purpose of seeing that it complies with this Chapter and the chemical tanker rules.
(2) If a surveyor of ships finds that a ship fails to comply with any provisions of this Chapter or the chemical tanker rules he or she shall give a notice in writing to the owner or master stating in what respect the ship fails to comply with them.
(3) A surveyor of ships may board and inspect any ship for the purposes of seeing that a notice given under subsection (2) has been complied with.
(4) A surveyor of ships may for the purposes of an inspection make such tests (either on the ship or ashore or at dock), ask such questions, inspect such documents or records and have access to such parts of the ship as he or she considers appropriate for that purpose.