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Promulgation date

1994/06/02

Effective region

NATIONAL

Promulgator

State Council

Document no

Order of State Council [1994] No. 155

Effectiveness

Effective

Effective date

1995/01/01

Category

Waterway ( Transportation Law->Waterway )



Regulations of the People's Republic of China Governing the Registration of Vessels
Regulations of the People's Republic of China on the Registration of Vessels
Order of State Council [1994] No. 155

June 2, 1994

Chapter I General Provisions

Article 1 These Regulations are enacted with a view to strengthening the supervision and control over vessels by the State, and safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of the parties involved in the registration of vessels.

Article 2 The following vessels shall be registered in accordance with the provisions of these Regulations:
 
1. vessels owned by citizens of the People's Republic of China whose residences or principal places of business are located within the territory thereof;
 
2. vessels owned by enterprises with legal person status established under the laws of the People's Republic of China and whose principal places of business are located within the territory thereof, provided that foreign investment is involved, the proportion of registered capital contributed by Chinese investors shall not be less than 50 percent;
 
3. service vessels of the Government of the people's Republic of China and vessels owned by institutions with legal person status;
 
4. other vessels whose registration is deemed necessary by the competent authority of harbor superintendence of the People's Republic of China. Military vessels, fishery vessels and sports craft shall be registered in compliance with the provisions of the relevant laws and regulations.

Article 3 Sailing vessels are allowed to fly the national flag of the People's Republic of China after being registered and granted the nationality of the People's Republic of China. No vessel may fly the national flag of the People's Republic of China without being registered during navigation.

Article 4 A vessel shall not have dual nationality. A vessel registered abroad shall not be granted the Chinese nationality unless its former registration of nationality has already been suspended or deleted.

Article 5 The acquisition, transference or extinction of the ownership of a vessel shall be registered at the vessel registration administration; no acquisition, transference or extinction of the vessel's ownership shall be effective as against a third party unless registered. Where a vessel is jointly owned by two or more legal persons or individuals, the joint ownership thereof shall be registered at the vessel registration administration. The joint ownership of the vessel shall not act against a third Party unless registered.

Article 6 The establishment, transference or extinction of vessel mortgage or bare boat chartering shall be registered at the vessel registration administration. No mortgage or bare boat chartering shall be effective as against a third party unless registered.

Article 7 Vessels of Chinese nationality shall be manned by Chinese citizens. In case it is necessary to recruit foreign seafarers, their employment shall be approved by the competent authority of transport and communications under the State Council. Seafarers on board vessels of Chinese nationality who are required to possess certificates of competency shall hold the appropriate certificates of competency issued by the People's Republic of China.

Article 8 The harbor superintendence administration of the People's Republic of China is the competent authority in charge of registration of vessels. The harbor superintendence administrations at various ports are the proper agencies conducting the registration of vessels (hereinafter referred to as the vessel registration administration). The scope of authority thereof shall be defined by the harbor superintendence administration of the People's Republic of China.

Article 9 The port where a vessel is registered shall be the port of registry of the vessel. The owner of a vessel may choose a port closer to his residence or his principal place of business as the port of registry, but he is not allowed to choose two or more ports as the port of registry.

Article 10 Each vessel shall have only one name. The name of a vessel shall be checked and approved by the vessel registration administration at its port of registry. A vessel's name shall not be the same as any of those that have already been registered, neither in wording nor in pronunciation.

Article 11 The vessel registration administration shall establish a register of vessels. The register of vessels shall be accessible to those having an interest therein.

Article 12 With respect to a state-owned vessel operated by an enterprise owned by the whole people having a legal person status granted by the State, the provisions of these Regulations concerning the vessel owner shall be applicable to that legal person.

Chapter II Registration of Ownervessel of Vessels

Article 13 A vessel owner applying for registration of the ownership of a vessel shall present the vessel registration administration at the port of registry with the documents evidencing his legal status, and submit the originals and copies of the documents evidencing his ownership over the vessel and the technical information thereof. For the registration of ownership of a vessel purchased, the following documents shall be submitted:
 
1. seller's invoice, sales contract and delivery document;
 
2. document issued by the vessel registration authority at the original port of registry certifying the deletion of the ownership;
 
3. document evidencing that the vessel is not under mortgage or that the mortgagees agree to the transference of the mortgaged vessel.
 
For the registration of ownership of a newly-built vessel, the contract of vessel construction and the delivery document shall be submitted. For the registration of ownership of a vessel under construction, the contract of vessel construction shall be submitted. For the registration of ownership of a vessel built by oneself for one's own use, a document evidencing the procurement of ownership shall be submitted. For the registration of ownership of a vessel procured through heritage, presentation, auction under legal process, or court judgment, a document with appropriate legal effect evidencing the vessel's ownership shall be submitted.

Article 14 The vessel registration administration, having examined and verified the application for registration of ownership, shall issue to the vessel owner whose application meets the requirements of these Regulations the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Ownervessel within 7 days after the date of receipt of the application, whereupon an official registration number shall be assigned to the registered vessel and the following particulars shall be recorded in the Register of Vessels:
 
1. vessel's name and its call sign;
 
2. the port of registry, official registration number and identification mark of the vessel;
 
3. the name and address of the vessel owner and name of its legal representative;
 
4.ocurement;
 
5. the date on which the vessel's ownership was registered;
 
6. name of vessel builder, and time and place of building;
 
7. value of the vessel, material of vessel's hull and vessel's main technical data;
 
8. original name and port of registry of the vessel and the date of deletion or suspension of its original registration;
 
9. information about joint ownership if the vessel is owned by two or more owners;
 
10. name and address of bare boat charterer or vessel operator, and name of its legal representative, if the vessel owner is not the one who operates or actually controls the vessel;
 
11. information about the establishment of mortgage, if any.
 
The vessel registration administration shall inform the vessel owner in writing of any non-compliance of his application with these Regulations within 7 days after the date of receipt of the application.

Chapter III Nationality of Vessels

Article 15 A vessel owner applying for the nationality of a vessel shall, in addition to the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Ownervessel, submit the following documents according to the vessel's navigation zone:
 
1. for vessels engaged in international voyages, the valid technical documents of the vessel issued by an authorized organization for survey of vessels in accordance with the type of the vessel:
 
(1) Tonnage Measurement Certificate;
 
(2) Load line Certificate;
 
(3) Cargo Vessel Safety Construction Certificate;
 
(4) Cargo Vessel Safety Equipment Certificate;
 
(5) Passenger Quota Certificate;
 
(6) Passenger Vessel Safety Certificate;
 
(7) Cargo Vessel Safety Radiotelegraphy Certificate;
 
(8) International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate;
 
(9) Vessel Safety Navigation Certificate;
 
(10) Other relevant technical certificates.
2. For a vessel engaged in domestic voyages, the vessel owner shall submit the survey book issued by an authorized organization for survey of vessels and other valid technical certificates according to the type of the vessel.
 
A vessel owner applying for the Chinese nationality of a vessel of foreign nationality purchased abroad which still has the foreign nationality, shall submit a certificate issued by the original vessel registration authority at the former port of registry to the effect that the former nationality has been deleted or that the former nationality will be immediately deleted at such time as the new registration is effected. The vessel registration administration shall issue a Certificate of Vessel's Nationality to the vessel whose application has been examined and approved to be in compliance with these Regulations.

Article 16 Subject to its approval, the vessel registration administration shall issue the Certificate of Vessel's Nationality to a vessel registered under Article 13 of these Regulations. The validity period of the Certificate of Vessel's Nationality shall be 5 years.

Article 17 For a vessel newly built in this country and sold overseas, the vessel owner shall apply to the vessel registration administration at the place of construction for a Provisional Certificate of Vessel's Nationality by submitting the documents evidencing the ownership of the vessel, and the valid technical certificate thereof. For a newly-built vessel purchased from overseas, the vessel owner shall apply to the local embassy or consulate of the People's Republic of China for a Provisional Certificate of Vessel's Nationality by submitting the documents evidencing the ownership of the vessel and its valid technical certificates. For a vessel built in a place of this country other than its intended port of registry, the vessel owner who needs a Provisional Certificate of Vessel's Nationality, shall apply to the vessel registration administration at the place of vesselbuilding for the certificate by submitting the contract of vessel construction, the delivery document and its valid technical certificates. For a vessel built overseas, the vessel owner shall apply to the local embassy or consulate of the People's Republic of China for a Provisional Certificate of Vessel's Nationality by submitting the contract of vessel construction, the delivery document and the valid technical certificates of the vessel. For a vessel bare boat chartered overseas, the bare boat charterer shall apply to the vessel registration administration for a Provisional Certificate of Vessel's Nationality by submitting the bare boat charter party and the certificate issued by the vessel registration authority at the former port of registry to the effect that the former nationality of the vessel has been suspended or deleted, or that the former nationality of the vessel will be suspended or deleted immediately at such time as the new registration is effected. The vessel registration administration or the local embassy or consulate of the People's Republic of China, having examined and verified that the application is in compliance with these Regulations, shall issue a Provisional Certificate of Vessel's Nationality to the vessel.

Article 18 The validity period of a Provisional Certificate of Vessel's Nationality shall generally not exceed 1 year. For a vessel which is bare boat chartered overseas, the validity period of the Provisional Certificate of Vessel's Nationality can be determined according to the charter period, but shall not exceed 2 years. Where the charter period exceeds 2 years, the charterer shall, within the period of validity, apply to the vessel registration administration at vessel's port of registry for the renewal of its Provisional Certificate of Vessel's Nationality.

Article 19 The Provisional Certificate of Vessel's Nationality shall have the same legal effect as the Certificate of Vessel's Nationality.

Chapter IV Registration of Vessel Mortgage

Article 20 Where mortgage is established with respect to a vessel of 20 tons gross tonnage or over, the mortgagee and the mortgagor shall apply to the vessel registration administration at the vessel's port of registry for the registration of vessel mortgage by submitting the following documents:
 
1. written application signed by both mortgagee and mortgagor;
 
2. Certificate of Vessel's Ownervessel or contract of vessel construction;
 
3. contract of vessel mortgage.
 
If there are other mortgages established on the vessel, the relevant certificates shall be submitted. Where mortgage is established on a jointly-owned vessel, the joint owners shall, in addition, submit a document evidencing the consent by the joint owners holding more than two-thirds or contracted proportion of shares thereof.

Article 21 After the application has been examined and verified to be in compliance with these Regulations, the vessel registration administration shall, within 7 days after the date of receipt of the application, record matters regarding the mortgagee, the mortgagor and the vessel as well as the date of mortgage registration in the register of vessels and the Certificate of Vessel's Ownervessel, and issue the Certificate of Registration of Vessel Mortgage to the mortgagee.

Article 22 The registration of vessel mortgage shall specify the following items:
 
1. name and address of mortgagee and name and address of mortgagor;
 
2. name and nationality of the mortgaged vessel, the number of the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Ownervessel and the title of the administration that issued the certificate;
 
3. amount of debt secured, interest rate and payoff period.
 
The Vessel Registration Administration should make the information about the registration of vessel mortgage available to the public.

Article 23 In case of mortgage transference, the mortgagee and the transferee shall apply to the vessel registration administration at the vessel's port of registry for registration of the mortgage transference by submitting the contract of vessel mortgage transference. After the application has been examined and verified to be in compliance with the requirements of these Regulations, the vessel registration administration shall record the transferee as the mortgagee in the register of vessels and in the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Ownervessel, issue to the transferee a Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Mortgage, and seal up the former Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Mortgage. The mortgagee shall notify the mortgagor of the mortgage transference prior to its registration thereof.

Article 24 Where two or more mortgages are established on the same vessel, the vessel registration administration shall make the registration in sequence of the dates on which the applications were registered, and indicate the dates of registration in the register of vessels. The date on which the application is registered shall be the date of registration. In case two or more applications are made on the same day, the dates of registration shall be the same.

Chapter V Registration of Bare boat Charter

Article 25 In any of the following cases, the vessel owner and the charterer shall apply for the registration of bareboat charter:
 
1. a vessel of Chinese nationality bareboat chartered to a Chinese enterprise;
 
2. a vessel of foreign nationality bareboat chartered to a Chinese enterprise;
 
3. a vessel of Chinese nationality bareboat chartered overseas.

Article 26 Where a vessel is chartered within the territory of this country, the vessel owner and the charterer shall, prior to the commencement of the charter, apply to the vessel registration administration at the vessel's port of registry for the registration of the bareboat charter by submitting the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Ownervessel, the Certificate of Vessel's Nationality and the original and the copy of the bareboat charter party. After the application has been examined and verified to be in compliance with the requirements of these Regulations, the vessel registration administration at the port of registry shall record the main points of the bareboat charter in the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Ownervessel and the register of vessels respectively, and issue the Certificate of Registration of Bareboat Charter to the vessel owner and the charterer.

Article 27 Where a vessel is bareboat chartered overseas, the vessel owner shall apply to the vessel registration administration at the port of registry for registration of the bareboat charter by submitting the documents specified in Article 26 of these Regulations. After the application has been examined and verified to be in compliance with the requirements of these Regulations, the vessel registration administration shall suspend or delete the nationality of the vessel in accordance with Article 42 of these Regulations and issue to the applicant the Certificate of Registration of Bareboat Charter in duplicate.

Article 28 Where a vessel is bareboat chartered from overseas, the charterer shall choose the port of registry for the vessel according to Article 9 of these Regulations and apply, prior to the commencement of the charter, to the vessel registration administration for registration of the bareboat charter by submitting the following documents:
 
1. the original and copy of the bareboat charter party;
 
2. vessel's valid technical certificates issued by an authorized organization for vessel survey;
 
3. a certificate issued by the vessel registration authority of the former port of registry to the effect that the former nationality of the vessel has been suspended or deleted, or that the former nationality of the vessel will be suspended or deleted immediately when the new registration is effected. After the application has been examined and verified to be in compliance with the requirements of these Regulations, the vessel registration administration shall issue the Certificate of Registration of Bareboat Charter and the Provisional Certificate of Vessel's Nationality in accordance with Article 17 of these Regulations, and record the original country of registration in the register of vessels.

Article 29 In case the bareboat charter period is to be extended, the vessel owner and the charterer shall, 15 days prior to the expiration of the charter period, apply to the vessel registration administration for the renewal of the bareboat charter registration by submitting originals and copies of the Certificate of Registration of Bareboat Charter and the contract for extension.

Article 30 During the period of the bareboat charter, the charterer shall not apply for the registration of subletting the charter unless approved by the vessel owner in writing.

Chapter VI Vessel's Mark and Company Flag

Article 31 A vessel shall be marked as follows:
 
1. vessel's name in Chinese on both sides of the stem and at the stern;
 
2. port of registry below the name at the stern;
 
3. the corresponding Chinese phonetic alphabets below the vessel's name and port of registry;
 
4. draft scale on both sides of the stem and at the stern;
 
5. load line mark at mid vessel, both sides.
 
Where a vessel being constrained by its type and size is unable to be marked as above, it shall be marked with its name and port of registry at a noticeable position.

Article 32 A vessel owner may apply to the vessel registration administration at the port of registry for registration of the vessel's funnel mark and its company flag by submitting the drawings of the standard design in compliance with the stipulations.

Article 33 Vessels belonging to one company shall only use the same funnel mark and the same company flag. The funnel mark and the company flag of a company shall be examined by the vessel registration administration at the port of registry. The funnel mark and the company flag of a company shall not be the same as or similar to those which have been registered previously.

Article 34 The vessel registration administration shall publicize the funnel mark and company flags which have been approved and registered. The registered funnel mark and company flags shall be used exclusively by the applicant and shall not be used by other vessels or companies.

Chapter VII Alteration and Deletion of Registration

Article 35 In case of any alteration to the entries of the vessel registration, the vessel owner shall apply to the vessel registration administration at the port of registry for the registration of alteration by submitting the relevant documents of vessel registration and those evidencing such alteration.

Article 36 In case a vessel's port of registry is to be changed, the vessel owner shall apply to the vessel registration administration at the former port of registry for registration of the change by submitting the vessel's Certificate of Nationality and the documents evidencing such a change. After the application has been examined and verified to be in compliance with the requirements of these Regulations, the vessel registration administration at the former port of registry shall indicate the change in the column of "Alteration" in the Certificate of Vessel's Nationality and deliver the entire file of the vessel's registration to the vessel registration administration at the new port of registry where the vessel owner shall apply again for new registration thereof.

Article 37 In case of any change of joint ownership, the vessel owners shall apply to the vessel registration administration at the port of registry for registration of the change by submitting the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Ownervessel and the documents evidencing such change.

Article 38 In case the contract of vessel's mortgage is modified, the mortgagee and the mortgagor shall apply to the vessel registration administration for registration of such a change by submitting the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Owner vessel, the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Mortgage and the documents evidencing such change. After the application has been examined and verified to be in compliance with the requirements of these Regulations, the Vessel Registration Administration at the port of registry shall indicate the change of the mortgage contract in the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Ownervessel, the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Mortgage and the Registry of Vessels.

Article 39 In case of transference of vessel's ownership, the former vessel owner shall apply to the vessel registration administration at the port of registry for the registration of deletion by submitting the Certificate of Vessel's Ownervessel, Certificate of Vessel's Nationality and other relevant documents. After the application has been examined and verified to be in compliance with the requirements of these Regulations, the vessel registration administration at the port of registry shall delete the registration regarding vessel's ownership and other relevant registrations in the register of vessels, withdraw the certificates of registration concerned, and issue a certificate of deletion of vessel's registration to the vessel owner. If the vessel is sold overseas, the vessel registration administration shall issue a certificate to the effect that the vessel's nationality has been deleted, or that the vessel's nationality will be deleted immediately when the vessel is registered anew.

Article 40 In case a vessel is lost (dismantled or sunken included) or missing, the vessel owner shall, within 3 months after the vessel is lost (dismantled or sunken) or missing, apply to the vessel registration administration at the port of registry for the registration of deletion by submitting the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Ownervessel, Certificate of Vessel's Nationality and the documents evidencing that the vessel has been lost (dismantled or sunken) or missing. After the application has been examined and verified to be in compliance with the requirements of these Regulations, the vessel registration administration shall delete the vessel's registration in the Register of Vessels, withdraw the certificates of registrations concerned, and issue a certificate of deletion to the vessel owner.

Article 41 In case a contract of mortgage is terminated, the mortgagee and the mortgagor shall apply to the vessel registration administration at the port of registry for the registration of deletion by submitting the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Ownervessel, Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Mortgage and the documents signed by the mortgagee evidencing the termination of the mortgage contract. After the application has been examined and verified to be in compliance with the requirements of these Regulations, the vessel registration administration at the port of registry shall delete the registrations of the vessel's mortgage in the Certificate of Vessel's Ownervessel and the register of vessels.

Article 42 In case a vessel is bareboat chartered overseas, the vessel owner shall, in addition to applying for registration of bareboat charter in accordance with Article 27 of these Regulations, apply for registration of suspension or deletion of the vessel's nationality. The vessel registration administration at the port of registry shall seal up the original Certificate of Vessel's Nationality and issue a certificate of suspension or deletion of the vessel's nationality. Under some special circumstances, the vessel registration administration may issue a certificate to the effect that the vessel's nationality will be suspended or deleted immediately at such time as the vessel is registered anew.

Article 43 Upon the expiration of a bareboat charter party or the termination thereof, the vessel owner shall, within 15 days after the date of such expiration or termination, apply to the vessel registration administration at the port of registry for registration of deletion of the bareboat charter by submitting the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Ownervessel and the bareboat charter party or the documents evidencing such termination. If the vessel is bareboat chartered overseas, the vessel owner shall, in addition, submit a certificate issued by the vessel registration authority at the charterer's place of business to the effect that the vessel's nationality has been deleted or that the vessel's nationality will be deleted immediately at such time as the vessel is registered anew. The vessel registration administration at the port of registry, having approved of the application, shall delete the registration of bareboat charter in the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Ownervessel and the register of vessels, and return to the vessel owner the original Certificate of Vessel's Nationality.

Article 44 In case a vessel is bareboat chartered, the charterer shall, within 15 days after the expiration or termination of the bareboat charter, apply to the vessel registration administration at the port of registry for registration of deletion by submitting the bareboat charter party or the documents evidencing such termination. If the vessel is bareboat chartered from overseas, the Provisional Certificate of Nationality shall be submitted as well. The vessel registration administration at the port of registry, having approved of the application, shall delete the vessel's registration of bareboat charter in the register of vessel, withdraw the Provisional Certificate of Nationality, and issue a certificate of deletion of the bareboat charter and a certificate of deletion of the Provisional Certificate of the Vessel's Nationality.

Chapter VIII Renewal and Re-issue of Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Ownervessel and Certificate of Vessel's Nationality

Article 45 The vessel owner of a vessel shall, within 1 year prior to the expiration of the Certificate of Vessel's Nationality, apply to the vessel registration administration at the port of registry for the renewal of the certificate by submitting the Certificate of Vessel's Nationality and the valid technical certificates.

Article 46 In case the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Ownervessel or the Certificate of Vessel's Nationality of a vessel is fouled, damaged or rendered useless, the vessel owner shall apply to the vessel registration administration at the port of registry for the re-issue of the certificate.

Article 47 In case the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Ownervessel or the Certificate of Vessel's Nationality of a vessel is lost, the vessel owner shall apply to the vessel registration administration at the port of registry for the re-issuance of the certificate by stating the reasons in writing and submitting the appropriate document as evidence. The vessel registration administration at the port of registry shall make an announcement in the local newspaper that the lost certificate is null and void.

Article 48 In case the Certificate of Vessel's Nationality is found lost, fouled or damaged in a foreign country, the vessel owner shall apply to the local embassy or consulate of the People's Republic of China for a Provisional Certificate of Vessel's Nationality, but shall, as soon as the vessel arrives at the first Chinese port, apply to the vessel registration administration at the port of registry for the re-issuance of the Certificate of Vessel's Nationality.

Chapter IX Legal Liability

Article 49 A vessel that forges the nationality of the People's Republic of China and illegally flies the flag of the People's Republic of China during navigation shall be confiscated by the vessel registration administration according to relevant laws. The provisions of the above paragraph shall be applicable to a Chinese vessel that forges a foreign nationality and illegally flies the flag of a foreign country during navigation.

Article 50 In case a vessel conceals its registration made at home or overseas which results in dual nationality, the vessel registration administration at the port of registry shall delete the Certificate of Vessel's Nationality and impose the following penalties varying from deferent case:
 
1. a fine of RMB 2000.00 up to RMB 10000.00 for a vessel of 500 tons gross tonnage or below;
 
2. a fine of RMB 10000.00 up to RMB 50000.00 for a vessel of 501~1000 tons gross tonnage;
 
3. a fine of RMB 50000.00 up to RMB 200000.00 for a vessel of 10001 tons gross tonnage or above.

Article 51 The vessel registration administration at the port of registry shall, according to the seriousness of the case, punish any of the following violations against these Regulations by giving a warning, and imposing a fine of 50% of the amounts specified for vessels of different gross tonnage as set out in Article 50, or withdrawing the vessel's registration certificates:
 
1. concealing the real facts and providing false information for registration;
 
2. concealing the fact of registration and resulting in dual registration;
 
3. forging or altering certificates of vessel's registration.

Article 52 The vessel registration administration shall order those who fail to apply for the alteration or deletion of registration under these Regulations or those who use expired certificates of nationality and provisional certificate of nationality to go through the formalities for the registration concerned, and if the case is serious, may impose a fine of 10% of the amounts specified for vessels of different tonnage as set out in Article 50 of these Regulations.

Article 53 The vessel registration administration at the port of registry shall order those who violate these Regulations by employing foreign seafarers without authorization or using a funnel mark or company flag already registered by others to rectify, and shall impose a fine of 10% of the amounts specified for vessels of different gross tonnage as set out in Article 50 of these Regulations against those who refuse to rectify, and, if the case is serious, shall withdraw the Certificate of Vessel's Nationality or the Provisional Certificate of Vessel's Nationality.

Article 54 Any of those working in the vessel registration administration who abuses his power, practices graft, ignores his duty, or grossly neglects his responsibilities shall be punished by the Administration; if the case is so serious that a crime is committed, the criminal liability shall be inflicted upon the offender in accordance with the law.

Article 55 A person or party concerned who refuses to accept the actions taken by the vessel registration administration may apply for a review of the case or bring the case before the court in accordance with the provisions of relevant laws or administrative regulations.

Chapter X Supplementary Provisions

Article 56 For the purpose of these Regulations:
 
1 "vessel" means any self-propelled or non-self-propelled vessel and any other mobile unit on water with the exception of life boats and life rafts equipped on board vessels and boats or rafts of less than 5 meters in length;
 
2. "fishery vessel" means any vessel engaged in fishing or any vessel belonging to the fishing industry and serving the purpose of fishery;
 
3. "service vessel" means any vessel serving the administrative purposes of the Government.

Article 57 With the exception of governmental vessels, vessel registration fees shall be levied by the vessel registration administration in accordance with the relevant rules. The fee levels and management rules concerning the levy of vessel registration fees shall be formulated by the financial department and the department in charge of commodity prices under the State Council in consultation with the competent authority of transport and communications under the State Council.

Article 58 The forms of the Register of Vessels, the Certificate of Vessel's Nationality, the Provisional Certificate of Vessel's Nationality, the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Ownervessel, the Certificate of Registration of Vessel's Mortgage, the Certificate of Registration of Bareboat Charter, the applications and other certificates shall be solely formulated by the Harbor Superintendence Administration of the People's Republic of China.

Article 59 These Regulations shall enter into force on January 1, 1995.
 

 

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