Merchant Shipping Act 2010
Powers of surveyors ( Chapter 4).
48.— (1) A surveyor of ships may board and inspect any ship, being a ship to which this Chapter applies, for the purpose of seeing that it complies with the high-speed craft rules including the conditions, if any, for the operation of the ship attached to its permit to operate (HSC).
(2) If a surveyor of ships finds that a ship to which this Chapter applies, fails to comply with any high-speed craft rules relevant to it or to any conditions attached to its permit to operate (HSC), 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 to which this Chapter applies for the purposes of seeing that a notice given under this section has been complied with.
(4) A surveyor of ships may 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.