Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 64 of 1999 s. 3
(1) The Chief Executive in Council may make regulations- (Amended 64 of 1999 s. 3)
(a) requiring the name by which it is proposed to register a ship to be approved by the Registrar before the name is marked on the ship or entered in the register;
(b) empowering the Registrar to reserve a name for a ship;
(c) empowering the Registrar to refuse to register any ship by the name by which it is proposed to register that ship if the name-
(i) is already the name of a registered ship or is reserved, or is in the opinion of the Registrar so similar as to be likely to deceive; or
(ii) is in the opinion of the Registrar undesirable for the purposes of registration in Hong Kong.
(2) If, in the case of any ship which it is proposed to register-
(a) the Registrar refuses to register the ship by the name by which it is proposed to register the ship; or
(b) any requirements of the regulations are not complied with,
the Registrar shall not register that ship under the name proposed or until the regulations are complied with, as the case may be.
(3) (a) A ship shall have a name which may be either in English alphabetic characters or in Chinese characters and which may include numerals:
Provided that where the name is in Chinese characters, the phonetically corresponding name in the English alphabet shall also be shown.
(b) If a ship has a name in both English and Chinese characters, each shall be a separate name for the purposes of this section and section 17. (Replaced 64 of 1999 s. 3)