Unless exempted, no UK ship may proceed or attempt to proceed to sea unless: (1) she has been surveyed in accordance with The Merchant Shipping (Load Line) Regulations;
(2) she is marked with a deck line and load lines in accordance with the rules; (3) she complies with the Conditions of Assignment; and (4) she is provided with information regarding stability, loading and ballasting for the master’s guidance. Unless exempted, no UK ship may proceed or attempt to proceed to sea unless the appropriate Load Line Certificate is in force for the ship. The master must produce a valid Load Line Certificate to the Customs officer from whom clearance is demanded. Clearance will not be granted and the ship may be detained until the Certificate is produced.