(1) Subject to subsections (2) and (6), the captain of a ship shall, on the arrival of the ship in Hong Kong-
(a) anchor or moor the ship at an approved immigration anchorage and keep the ship in such anchorage as long as may be necessary for the purposes of this Ordinance; and
(b) hoist the prescribed immigration examination signal and keep the same hoisted until an immigration officer or a chief immigration assistant permits him to lower it. (Amended 65 of 1989 s. 3)
(2) An immigration officer or a chief immigration assistant may, on the arrival of a ship in Hong Kong, require the captain- (Amended 65 of 1989 s. 3)
(a) to anchor or moor the ship at such place as he may specify, being a place at which the captain considers that the ship may safely be moored or anchored;
(b) to keep the ship in such place so long as may be necessary for the purposes of this Ordinance,
but a requirement under this subsection shall cease to have effect if the captain is required by or under any other Ordinance to move the ship to another place.
(3) Except with the permission of the Director, no person other than a pilot or health officer in the course of his duty shall-
(a) board or leave a ship which has arrived in Hong Kong; or
(b) be within 30 m of any such ship, otherwise than on a wharf or pier, (Amended 15 of 1980 s. 2)
until the immigration examination signal is lowered.
(4) Except with the permission of the Director, nothing shall be removed from or taken or placed on board a ship which has arrived in Hong Kong until the immigration examination signal is lowered.
(5) The captain of an aircraft arriving in Hong Kong shall not land the aircraft except at an approved landing place.
(6) The Director of Immigration may exempt from subsection (1) the captains of such ships, or of ships of such class or description as he thinks fit.