PART V | REGISTRATION OF INDIAN SHIPS
20 APPLICATION OF PART
This Part applies only to sea-going ships fitted with mechanical means of propulsion.
21 INDIAN SHIPS
For the purposes of this Act, a ship shall not be deemed to be an Indian ship unless owned wholly by persons to each of whom [any] of the following descriptions applies:
a. a citizen of India; or
b. a company or a body established by or under any Central or State Act which has its principal place of business in India; or
c. a co-operative society which is registered or deemed to be registered under the Co-operative Societies Act, 1912, or any other law relating to co-operative societies for the time being in force in any State.
22 OBLIGATION TO REGISTER
1. Every Indian ship, unless it is a ship which does not exceed fifteen tons net and is employed solely in navigation on the coasts of India, shall be registered under this Act.
Provided that any ship registered at the commencement of this Act at any port in India under any enactment repealed by this Act, shall be deemed to have been registered under this Act and shall be recognised as an Indian ship.
2. A ship required by this Act to be registered may be detained until the master of the ship, if so required, produces a certificate of registry in respect of the ship.
Explanation: For the purposes of this section, “ship” does not include a fishing vessel.
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