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Marking of Ships
MARKING OF SHIPS ACT

CHAPTER 50:09

LAWS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Act
45 of 1945

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Note on Subsidiary Legislation

This Chapter contains no subsidiary legislation.

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CHAPTER 50:09

MARKING OF SHIPS ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION

1. Short title.
2. Marking of ships.
3. Application of Act.
4. Application for number to be made and ship to be marked therewith.
5. Power of Harbour Master to grant exemption from requirements of

section 2.
6. Liability of owners and masters.
7. Penalty.

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CHAPTER 50:09

MARKING OF SHIPS ACT

An Act to make provision for Identification Marks on Ships
belonging to Trinidad and Tobago.

[22ND DECEMBER 1945]

1. This Act may be cited as the Marking of Ships Act.

2. (1) The following requirements shall be complied with
by the owner and master of any ship to which this Act applies:

(a) the ship shall have painted on each side of the hull
and, if it is a sailing vessel, on each side of the
mainsail, the letter “T” and a serial number assigned
by the Harbour Master of the harbour of Port-of-
Spain, hereinafter referred to as the Harbour Master;

(b) every letter “T” and serial number painted on the sides
and mainsail of any ship under the requirements of
paragraph (a) shall at all times be kept visible.

(2) (a) The letter “T” referred to in subsection (1) shall
be painted as a block letter and the serial number mentioned therein
in Arabic numerals.

(b) The breadth of the outline of the letter “T” and of
each numeral shall be one hundred and fifty millimetres.

(c) The height and the maximum width of the letter
“T” shall be seven hundred and fifty millimetres.

(d) The height of each numeral shall be seven hundred
and fifty millimetres and the width of each numeral shall be as follows:

No. 0 … … … … 600 millimetres
” 1 … … … … 150 ”
” 2 … … … … 600 ”
” 3 … … … … 600 ”
” 4 … … … … 650 ”
” 5 … … … … 600 ”
” 6 … … … … 685 ”
” 7 … … … … 530 ”
” 8 … … … … 600 ”
” 9 … … … … 600 ”

1950 Ed.
Ch. 18 No. 4.
45 of 1945.

Commencement.

Short title.

Marking of
ships.

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(e) Each numeral shall be three hundred millimetres
apart from any other numeral.

(f) The row of numerals shall be centred four
hundred millimetres below the letter “T”; but where there is
insufficient space to admit of the numerals being centred four
hundred millimetres below the letter “T”, the numerals may be
centred three hundred and eighty millimetres abreast and to the
right of the letter “T”.

(g) The letter “T” and the serial number shall be
painted in white or yellow on a dark ground or in black on a
light ground.

(3) Notwithstanding subsections (1) and (2), if in the
case of any particular ship to which this Act applies there is
insufficient space on the hull or mainsail thereof to admit of the
letter “T” and the serial number assigned thereto being of the
dimensions provided for by this section, the Harbour Master may
authorise and require such reduction of the dimensions as he may
think fit and every owner and master of any such ship shall comply
with the requirement.

3. This Act shall apply to the following ships:
(a) sailing vessels belonging to Trinidad and Tobago;
(b) vessels registered under the Harbours Act;
(c) vessels registered under the Droghers Act;
(d) vessels engaged in the fishing industry of Trinidad

and Tobago;
(e) power-driven vessels the gross tonnage of which

is less than one thousand tonnes belonging to
Trinidad and Tobago;

but shall not apply to—
(i) any vessel owned by the State; or

(ii) any vessel privately owned and used solely
for pleasure.

Application of
Act.

Ch. 50:06.

Ch. 50:07.

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4. The owner or master of any ship to which this Act
applies shall—

(a) immediately after 22nd December 1945 (the date
of commencement of this Act) or, in the case of a
ship which is acquired after that date, immediately
after being so acquired, apply in writing to the
Harbour Master for a number to be assigned to the
ship, and the owner or master shall in the application
give the name and description of the ship;

(b) as soon as a number has been assigned by the
Harbour Master under paragraph (a), cause the
ship to be marked in the manner required by
section 2 if the ship is then in Trinidad and Tobago
and if it is not in Trinidad and Tobago immediately
as it arrives in Trinidad and Tobago,

but any ship marked in accordance with the Defence (Marking of
Ships) Regulations 1943 shall be deemed to be marked in
accordance with this Act.*

5. The Harbour Master or any person authorised by him and
acting on his behalf may exempt any ship from all or any of the
requirements specified in section 2.

6. The owner and master of any ship to which this Act applies
shall be liable for any contravention of this Act or any requirement
imposed thereunder; but it shall be a good defence to any
prosecution against either of them to prove that such contravention
occurred without his knowledge or consent and that he could not
have prevented the same by the exercise of due diligence.

7. Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of this Act
or any requirement imposed thereunder is liable on summary conviction
to a fine of three thousand dollars or to imprisonment for six months.

*See R.G. 30.3.1943.

Application for
number to be
made and ship
to be marked
therewith.

Power of
Harbour Master
to grant
exemption from
requirements of
section 2.

Liability of
owners and
masters.

Penalty.

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