Sea Pollution Act 1991

Amendment of Continental Shelf Act, 1968.

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36. (1) The Continental Shelf Act, 1968, is hereby amended by the substitution for section 7 of the following section:

“Discharge of oil or other substances.

7.— (1) The Minister for Energy, in consultation with the Minister for the Marine, may make regulations prohibiting or regulating the discharge of any oil, oily mixture, noxious liquid substance, harmful substance, sewage or garbage—

( a) from a pipe-line, or

( b) otherwise than from a ship, as a result of any operation for the exploration of the sea-bed and subsoil, or the exploitation of their natural resources in a designated area.

(2) Where there is a contravention of any such regulations the owner of the pipe-line or, as the case may be, the person carrying on the operations shall be guilty of an offence.

(3) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable—

( a) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding £1,000, or to imprisonment for any term not exceeding twelve months, or, at the discretion of the court, to both such fine and such imprisonment, or

( b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding £10,000,000, or to imprisonment for any term not exceeding 5 years, or, at the discretion of the court, to both such fine and such imprisonment.

(4) In this section ‘ oil’, ‘ oily mixture’, ‘ noxious liquid substance’, ‘ harmful substance’, ‘ sewage’, ‘ garbage’ and ‘ discharge’ have the same meanings as in the Sea Pollution Act, 1991.”.

(2) Section 7 of the Continental Shelf Act, 1968 (inserted in that Act by subsection (1)), shall apply for the purposes of this Act to the national territory as it applies to designated areas.