(1) The representative person appointed in relation to a ship shall represent the owner and demise charterer of a ship in respect of all matters concerning the ship's operation as a registered ship and in particular, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, shall, on behalf of the owner and demise charterer-
(a) accept service of all documents in respect of legal proceedings against the owner or demise charterer of the ship, which may be served on the representative person pursuant to section 88(2);
(b) where the Director or the Registrar by notice served on the owner, demise charterer or representative person requires the owner or demise charterer to take any action or give any information concerning the ship or the operation of the ship as a registered ship, take such action or give such information within the time specified in the notice or, if no such time is specified, within a reasonable time.
(2) The duties prescribed by subsection (1) shall be in addition to and shall not derogate from any other duties prescribed in relation to a representative person by or under this Ordinance.
(3) Where a representative person is appointed in relation to a ship, subsections (1) and (2) shall apply to that person until-
(a) the appointment by the owner or demise charterer of another representative person in relation to the ship; or
(b) the expiration of a period of 30 days after the date on which a declaration is deposited under section 70(1); or
(c) the registration of the ship is closed; or
(d) that person's death, if an individual, or winding up or dissolution, as the case may be, if a body corporate,
whichever event occurs first.
(4) Nothing in this section shall be construed as making the representative person appointed in relation to a ship liable in any legal proceedings (whether civil or criminal) for any act or omission of the owner or demise charterer of the ship.