Seafarers required to be registered and renewal of registration
Amendments retroactively made - see 23 of 1998 s. 2
(1) A person who holds an identity card and whose name is not entered in Part I of the register shall not be employed in sea-going ships as a seafarer. (Amended 23 of 1998 s. 2)
(2) A person who holds an identity card and whose name is not entered in Part I or Part II of the register shall not be employed in coastal-going ships as a seafarer.
(3) A registered seafarer shall, in any continuous 3 year period of registration, be employed as a seafarer for an aggregate of not less than 18 months.
(4) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Ordinance, the registration of a seafarer shall expire at the expiration of one month after he is first in Hong Kong on or after the expiration of each continuous 3 year period of registration except where-
(a) before the expiration of that month, he submits to the Superintendent his employment registration book; and
(b) the Superintendent-
(i) being satisfied that the seafarer has complied with subsection (3); or
(ii) not being satisfied that the seafarer has complied with subsection (3) but being of the opinion, after consultation with the Authority, that there is some good reason why the seafarer has not complied with that subsection,
renews his registration by inserting a note to that effect in that book, in which case that renewal of registration shall be deemed to have taken effect immediately after the expiration of that 3 year period and this subsection shall next apply accordingly.
(5) Any person who, without reasonable excuse, employs a person as a seafarer in contravention of subsection (1) or (2) commits an offence and is liable on conviction-
(a) in the case of an individual, to a fine at level 4 and to imprisonment for 2 years; and
(b) in the case of a body corporate, to a fine at level 5.