|582A||Title:||MERCHANT SHIPPING (SECURITY OF SHIPS AND PORT FACILITIES) RULES||Gazette Number:||L.N. 130 of 2004|
|Section:||5||Heading:||Declaration of closed area||Version Date:||29/06/2004|
(1) If the Director reasonably believes that, in order to abate or contain any security threat, it is necessary to close any area of the waters of Hong Kong to all vessels or any class or type of vessels, he may declare that area to be an area closed to those vessels or that class or type of vessels, as the case may be.
(2) If the master of a vessel, without reasonable excuse, causes the vessel to enter a closed area in contravention of a declaration under subrule (1), he commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine at level 5 and to imprisonment for 6 months.
(3) The Director shall make a declaration under subrule (1) by such means as he thinks fit including°X