SRI LANKA PORTS AUTHORITY ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Ports to which this Act applies.

PART I

CONSTITUTION OF THE SRI LANKA PORTS AUTHORITY AND ITS POWERS, DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS

3. The Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

4. The Ports Authority to be a body corporate.

5. Board of Directors of the Ports Authority.

6. Objects and duties of Ports Authority.

7. Powers of the Ports Authority.

8. Powers of the Minister in relation to the Ports Authority.

9. Accounting officer.

10. Delegation of powers to Chairman and delegation of powers by Chairman to employees.

11. Directors, officers and servants of the ports Authority to be public servants for the purpose of the Penal Code.

12. Ports Authority to be a scheduled institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act.

PART II

STAFF OF THE PORTS AUTHORITY

13. Managing Director.

14. Chief Finance Manager.

14A. Harbour Master and Deputy Harbour Master.

15. Temporary employment with the Ports Authority of officers of the Colombo Port Commission and the Coast Lights and Beacons Division of the Department of Merchant Shipping who do not belong to a combined service.

16. Permanent employment with the Ports Authority of officers of the Colombo Port Commission and the Coast Lights and Beacons Division of the Department of Merchant Shipping who do not belong to a combined service.

17. Retirement awards to officers of the Colombo Port Commission and the Coast Lights and Beacons Division of the Department of Merchant Shipping.

18. Officers and servants of the Port (Cargo) Corporation and Port Tally and Protective Services Corporation.

19. Appointment of Public officers other than those referred to in section 15.

20. Appointment of officers and servants of the Local Government Service or of any local authority to the staff of the Ports Authority.

21. Ports Authority entitled to alter conditions of service of certain employees.

22. Service to the Ports Authority to be regarded as service to the Government for the purpose of contracts to serve the Government.

22A. Provisions in regard to termination of services.

PART III

PROPERTY OF THE PORTS AUTHORITY

23. Transfer of property held by the Port Commissioner (Cargo) Corporation and the Port Tally and Protective Services Corporation to the Ports Authority.

24. Power of the Minister to vest State land in the Ports Authority.

25. Acquisition of Private lands under the Land Acquisition Act for the Ports Authority.

26. Procedure in ejectment of occupant of land held by the Ports Authority.

27. Exemption from taxes.

28. Approval of local authority not necessary for certain buildings.

PART IV

FINANCE

29. The Fund of the Ports Authority.

30. Transfer of certain moneys and other assets to the Ports Authority and grants by the Government to the Ports Authority.

31. Ports Authority Stock.

32. Government guarantee.

33. Application of the provisions of the Public Corporations (Financial Control) Act.

34. Financial year.

35. Exemption from Customs duty.

PART V

CHARGES AND THE RECOVERY OF CHARGES

36. Port services in specified ports.

37. Charges for services.

38. Recovery of charges in arrears.

39. Power to sell goods remaining in transit sheds.

40. Power to distrain for non-payment of charges.

41. Deposit of security for charges.

42. False information and evasion of charges.

42A. Procedure for recovery.

43. Arrangements between the Ports Authority and the Principal Collector of Customs.

44. Entry on vessels.

PART VI

LIABILITY OF THE PORTS AUTHORITY

45. Limitation of the Ports Authority's liability for loss, damage or injury.

46. Goods lodged or deposited to be at owner's risk.

47. Maximum liability.

48. Limitation of liability in respect of one occasion.

49. Power of Courts to consolidate claims.

50. Ports Authority not liable for loss or damage for dredging within prescribed limits.

51. Ports Authority may accept goods as well as liability for loss, destruction or damage in certain circumstances.

52. Liability to pay compensation to workmen.

53. Ex-gratia payments.

54. Notice of action against the Ports Authority.

PART VII

OFFENCES, PENALTIES AND PROCEDURES

55. Penalty for obstructing the Ports Authority in the performance of its duties.

56. Penalty for extinguishing a lamp.

57. Evasion of dues, rates and charges.

58. False returns.

59. Penalty for giving false information as to draught of vessel.

60. Penalty for throwing ballast rubbish into harbour.

61. Damage to property.

61A. Possession of offensive weapons, explosives.

61B. Certain Provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act not to apply to persons convicted or found guilty of a offence under section 61A or 66H.

62. Contravention of the provisions of this Act an offence.

63. Liability of the directors and certain officers of a body of persons for offences committed by that body.

64. Fines when recovered to be paid to the fines fund.

65. Chairman to sanction prosecution and who may conduct of prosecutions.

66. Power of arrest.

66A. Property liable for confiscation to be taken into custody.

66B. Procedure in taking property into custody.

66C. Power of Court to confiscate conveyance, goods.

66D. Disposal on conclusion of trial.

66E. Property when vested in the Authority.

66F. Power of authorised officer to prevent commission of offence.

66G. Compounding of offences.

66H. Possession of articles presumed to have been stolen.

66J. Disposal of perishable property.

66K. Property confiscated may be sold.

66L. Averment of offence.

PART VIII

GENERAL

67. Regulations.

68. Rules made by the Ports Authority.

69. Protection for action taken under this Act or under direction of the Ports Authority.

70. Writ not to issue against person or property of a Director of the Ports Authority.

71. Ports Authority may create and maintain a ports security service.

71A. Powers of the ports security service.

71B. Duties of members of the ports security service.

71C. Duties of the members of the ports security service in case of fire.

71D. Resorting to strike action.

72. Power of Ports Authority to compound claims.

73. Bonded warehouse.

74. Contracts of the Ports Authority.

75. Powers of companies to enter into contracts with the Ports Authority.

76. Receipts and notices may be given by employee if authorised.

77. Service of notice.

78. Powers to enter upon lands.

79. Removal of vehicles left in the port premises without the permission of the Ports Authority.

80. Master to leave a list of cargo at the office of the Ports Authority.

81. Vessels to be kept equipped for removal with safety.

82. Master, owner or person in charge of vessel answerable for damage.

83. Damage to the Ports Authority's property to be made good in addition to penalty.

84. Disposal of cargo that appears to be abandoned or is obstructing the transit sheds.

84A. Powers of the Harbour Master in relation to vessel.

84B. Fire on board vessel.

84C. Power to board vessels.

84D. Indemnity to Ports Authority.

84E. Liability of the master or owner when vessel is under pilot age.

84F. Limitation of pilot's liability when bond is given.

84G. Ports Authority not liable for loss or damage occasioned by pilots.

85. Transitional provisions.

86. Repeal and modification of certain laws.

87. The provisions of this Act to be in addition to provisions of Customs Ordinance.

88. The provisions of this Act to bind the Republic

89. Interpretation.

SCHEDULES

51 of 1979,

7 of 1984,

35 of 1984,

36 of 1990,

2 of 1992.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority to develop, maintain, operate and provide port and other services in the ports of Colombo, Galle and Trincomalee and any other port as may be declared hereafter by the minister by order, to be a port to which this Act shall apply; for the exercise, performance and discharge by that authority of the powers, duties and functions of the Port Commissioner, the Port (Cargo) Corporation, and the Port Tally and Protective Services Corporation and such other powers, duties and functions as may be conferred, assigned or imposed on that authority by law; for matters in relation to the officers and servants, property, rights, obligations and liabilities of the Port (Cargo) Corporation and the Port Tally and Protective Services Corporation and the public officers of, the property held by, and the rights. obligations and liabilities of, the department of the Port Commissioner; for the repeal of the Port of Colombo (Administration) act, the Port (Cargo) Corporation Act and the port tally and protective services corporation act; for the modification of certain laws in their application to the ports of Colombo, Galle and Trincomalee and any other port as may be declared hereafter by the Minister by order, to be a port to which this act shall apply; and for connected matters.

[Date of Commencement: 1st August, 1979]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Act.

2. Ports to which this Act applies.

(1) This Act shall apply, in, to, and in relation to, the Ports of Colombo, Galle, Trincomalee, and any other Port, as may be declared hereafter by the Minister by Order published in the Gazette to be a port to which this Act shall apply.

(2) The ports to, and in relation to, which this Act shall apply are hereafter in this Act referred to as "specified ports”.

(3) The Minister may by Order published in the Gazette, from time to time, define the limits of any specified port.

(4) Until an Order is made under subsection (3) in relation to any specified port, the limits of the specified ports on the day immediately preceding the appointed date shall be the limits of the specified ports, with the exclusion of—

(a) the areas within limits defined for ports declared as Naval Ports under the Navy Act; and

(b) land, buildings and other properties of the Sri Lanka Customs within the limits of the specified ports.

PART I

CONSTITUTION OF THE SRI LANKA PORTS AUTHORITY AND ITS POWERS, DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS

3. The Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

There shall be established an Authority to be called the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, hereafter in this Act referred to as the "Ports Authority” and which shall consist of the persons who are for the time being members of that Authority under section 5.

4. The Ports Authority to be a body corporate.

The Ports Authority shall, by the name assigned to it by section 3, be a body corporate and shall have perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in that name.

5. Board of Directors of the Ports Authority.

(1) The Ports Authority shall have a Board of Directors consisting of—

(a) the Chairman and four other Directors all of whom shall be appointed by the Minister from among persons who appear to the Minister to have wide experience in, and to have shown capacity in, port development or port operations or legal or financial matters, or shipping, commercial or engineering activities or administration or labour relations;

(b) a representative of the General Treasury nominated by the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance;

(c) the Managing Director appointed under section 13;

(d) the Principal Collector of Customs: and

(e) a representative of the Ministry charged with the subject of Fisheries nominated by the Minister in charge of that subject.

(2) The Minister may appoint one of the Directors appointed under subsection (1)(a) or subsection (1)(c), other than the Chairman, to be the Vice-Chairman of the Ports Authority.

(3) The provisions of Schedule I to this Act shall have effect in relation to the Ports Authority.

[S 5 subs by s 2 of Act 7 of 1984.]

6. Objects and duties of Ports Authority.

(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act it shall be the duty of the Ports Authority—

(a) to provide in any specified port, efficient and regular services for stevedoring, lighter age, shipping and transshipping, landing and warehousing of dry and wet cargo and cargo in bulk; for wharf age, the supply of water, fuel and electricity to vessels, for handling petroleum, petroleum products and lubricating oils to and from vessels and between bunkers and depots; for pilot age and the mooring of vessels; for diving and under-water ship repairs and for other services incidental thereto;

(b) to provide in any specified port, efficient and regular tally and protective services;

(c) to regulate and control navigation within the limits of, and the approaches to, the specified ports;

(d) to maintain port installations and to promote the use, improvement and development of the specified ports;

(e) to co-ordinate and regulate all activities within any specified port excluding the functions of the Customs;

(f) to establish and maintain on and off the coast of Sri Lanka such lights and other means for the guidance and protection of vessels as are necessary for navigation in and out of the specified ports;

(g) to perform such other duties as are imposed on the Ports Authority by this Act;

(h) to conduct the business of the Ports Authority in such manner and to make in accordance with this Act such charges for services rendered by the Authority as will secure that the revenue of the Authority is not less than sufficient for meeting the charges which are proper to be made to the revenue of the Authority, to replace assets, make new investments and to establish and maintain an adequate general reserve; and

(i) to Endeavour to manage the specified ports and each of them as a self supporting enterprise in accordance with the provisions of this Act.

(2) The services provided under paragraphs (a) and (h) of subsection (1) are hereafter in this Act referred to as "Port Services”.

(3) Subsection (1) shall not be construed as imposing on the Ports Authority, either directly or indirectly, any form of duly or liability enforceable by proceedings before any court or tribunal to which the Authority would not otherwise be subject.

7. Powers of the Ports Authority.

(1) Subject to this Act, the Ports Authority may exercise all or any of the following powers—

(a) to acquire/hold, take on lease, to give on lease, hire, pledge and sell or otherwise dispose of any movable or immovable property;

(b) to employ such officers and servants as may be necessary for carrying out the work of the Authority;

(c) to do anything for the purpose of improving the efficiency of port operations and advancing the skill of persons employed by the Authority or the efficiency of the equipment of the Authority or the manner in which the equipment is operated, including the provision by the Authority and the assistance of the provision by others, of facilities for training persons required to carry out the work of the Authority;

(d) to establish an insurance scheme, a provident fund, a welfare fund and a fines fund and to provide welfare, health and recreational facilities, houses, hostels and other like accommodation for persons employed by the Authority;

(e) to make rules in relation to the officers and servants of the Authority, including their appointment, promotion, remuneration, discipline, conduct, leave, working times, holidays and the grant of loans and advances of salary to them;

(f) to make rules and prescribe procedures in respect of the administration of the affairs of the Authority;

(g) to delegate to the Chairman or to any Director or officer of the Authority any such functions as the Authority may consider necessary to delegate for the efficient transaction of business;

(h) to establish, maintain and operate within the limits of any specified port, a security service for protecting port installations, equipment, cargo and vessels within such port and for enforcing the provisions of this Act;

(i) to acquire any undertaking affording facilities for the loading and discharging or warehousing of goods in any specified port or the bunkering of vessels in such port;

(j) to carry on the functions of builders and repairers of vessels and machinery, removers or salvagers of wrecks, ship breakers, carriers of passengers, vehicles and goods by land or sea, stevedores, wharfingers, warehousemen, lighter men, dealers in coal and other kinds of fuel, suppliers of water and stores to shipping and dealers in stores and equipment connected with, or required for, any of the aforesaid activities;

(k) to operate and maintain a rail transport system within the limits of any specified port;

(l) to control the berthing and movement of all vessels whether in the harbour or in the approaches to or alongside any quay, wharf, pier or landing place within the limits of any specified port and to divert vessels to any specified port;

(m) to enter into, and perform, directly or through any officer or agent authorised in that behalf by the Authority, all such contracts as may be necessary for the performance of the functions and the exercise of the powers of the Authority;

(n) subject to this Act, to levy such port dues, fees and other charges upon vessels, goods, vehicles and in respect of services within the limits of any specified port and upon cargo loaded, discharged or kept in such port as it may deem necessary;

(o) to construct, maintain and operate all means and appliances for berthing, loading and dishonoring within any specified port;

(p) to provide and use, within the territorial waters1 of Sri Lanka or otherwise, vessels and appliances for the purpose of protecting, guiding and communicating with vessels or towing and rendering assistance to any vessel or for recovering any property lost, sunk or stranded;

(q) to provide such fire services both within any specified port and on the high seas, as may be deemed necessary by the Authority for the purpose of extinguishing fires on land, on sea or afloat and of preserving life and property;

(r) to appoint, license and regulate weighers and measurers and surveyors of goods within any specified port;

(s) to arrange for insurance of goods in the premises of the Authority;

(t) subject to this Act, to borrow money (whether by way of overdraft or in any other manner) from any person, organisation or institution within or outside Sri Lanka or from the Government;

(tt) to guarantee, with the consent of the Minister given with the concurrence of the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance, the repayment of any loan given by any person, firm, corporate body, organisation or institution within or outside Sri Lanka, to any person, firm, corporate body, organisation or institution in which the Ports Authority has an interest, or the performance of the obligations of any person, firm, corporate body, organisation or institution in which the Ports Authority has an interest;

[S 7(1)(tt) ins by s 2 of Act 35 of 1984.]

(u) to control the use of, and to issue licenses in respect of all craft, equipment, vehicles and services that are operated within the limits of any specified port;

(v) to survey, plan and execute maritime engineering works for Government departments, public corporations and for other bodies approved by the Minister;

(w) to clean, deepen or improve any portion of any specified port and, for any of such purposes to construct, maintain and operate dredgers and other appliances and to make hydrographic surveys;

(x) to reclaim, enclose, raise, drain and excavate any area falling within the limits of any specified port or belonging to the Authority;

(y) to maintain, repair, erect, cause to be erected and to control the erection and use of piers, breakwaters, bridges, wharfs, docks, warehouses, stores, offices, shops, dwellings and any other buildings or works within the limits of, or the approaches to, any specified port and to install and maintain coast lights and other means of protecting and guiding vessels;

(z) to provide or cause to be provided, the following services within the limits of, and the approaches to, any specified port—

(i) the berthing, towing, mooring, moving, slipping or docking of any vessel including pilot age;

(ii) the loading or discharging of any vessel including all ancillary services;

(iii) the sorting, weighing, measuring, storing, warehousing or otherwise handling of any goods;

(iv) radio communication between the specified ports and between ships and such ports;

(v) transport services and other facilities for port users and for employees of the Authority;

(vi) the handling of petroleum, petroleum products and lubricating oil to and from vessels and between all depots and bunkers;

(vii) the supply of electricity and telephone services to vessels;

(viii) the disposal of garbage from ships; and

(ix) tally and protective services;

(aa) to construct, manufacture, purchase, operate, maintain and repair anything required for the purposes of the business of the Authority;

(ab) to co-ordinate and execute any Government project relating to the establishment of a free trade zone in any specified port and to enter into any agreement with port users for the utilisation of such facilities;

(ac) to control the entry of vehicles, persons, goods and animals within the limits of any specified port and to regulate their movements within such limits;

(ad) to engage in such other activities, and do such other things as appear to the Authority to be beneficial, necessary or convenient for it to carry on, for or in connection with the exercise, performance and discharge of its powers, functions and duties under this Act, and

(ae) to do all other things which, in the opinion of the Authority, are necessary for carrying on its business.

[S 7 am by s 3 of Act 7 of 1984.]

(2) The provisions of subsection (1) shall not be construed as authorising the disregard by the Ports Authority of any law for the time being in force.

8. Powers of the Minister in relation to the Ports Authority.

(1) The Minister may give the Ports Authority general or special directions in writing as to the performance of its duties and the exercise of its powers under this Act on matters which appear to him to affect the national interest and the Authority shall give effect to such directions.

(2) The Minister may, from time to time, direct the Ports Authority in writing to furnish to him, in such form as he may require, returns, accounts and other information with respect to its property and business, and the Authority shall carry out every such direction.

[S 8(2) am by s 4 of Act 7 of 1984.]

(3) The Minister may, from time to time, order all or any of the activities of the Ports Authority to be investigated and reported upon by such person or persons as he may specify, and upon such order being made, the Authority shall afford all such facilities and furnish all such information, as may be necessary to carry out the order.

9. Accounting officer.

The Chairman, for and on behalf of the Ports Authority, shall be the Accounting Officer and shall be responsible for the administration of the affairs of the Authority.

10. Delegation of powers to Chairman and delegation of powers by Chairman to employees.

(1) The Ports Authority may delegate in writing to the Chairman any of its powers, duties or functions under this Act or any other written law.

(2) The Chairman may, with the written approval of the Ports Authority delegate in writing to any employee of the Ports Authority any of his powers, duties or functions.

11. Directors, officers and servants of the ports Authority to be public servants for the purpose of the Penal Code.

All Directors, officers and servants of the Ports Authority shall be deemed to be public servants within the meaning and for the purposes of the Penal Code.

[S 11 am by s 5 of Act 7 of 1984.]

12. Ports Authority to be a scheduled institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act.

The Ports Authority shall be deemed scheduled institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act and the provisions of that Act shall be construed accordingly.

PART II

STAFF OF THE PORTS AUTHORITY

13. Managing Director.

(1) The Minister shall appoint a competent and experienced person as Managing Director.

(2) The Managing Director shall, subject to the general direction of the Ports Authority on matters of policy and special directions of the Chairman, be charged with the direction of the business of the Ports Authority, the organisation and the exercise, performance and discharge of its powers, duties and functions and the administrative control of the employees of that Authority.

(3) The Managing Director may, with the approval in writing of the Ports Authority, delegate in writing to any other employee of the Authority such of his powers, duties or functions as he may from time to time consider necessary, and any employee to whom such powers, duties or functions are so delegated shall exercise them subject to the general or special directions of the Managing Director.

(4) If the Managing Director is temporarily absent from Sri Lanka or is temporarily incapacitated by illness or for other reasons is temporarily unable to perform his duties, another person may be appointed by the Minister to act in the place of the Managing Director until he is able to resume duties.

[S 13 subs by s 6 of Act 7 of 1984.]

14. Chief Finance Manager.

[Am by s 7 of Act 7 of 1984.]

(1) The Ports Authority may appoint a qualified, competent and experienced person as Chief Finance Manager.

(2) No decision of a financial nature, in respect of amounts not less than one million rupees, shall be taken by the Ports Authority, unless the Chief Finance Manager submits a financial analysis indicating all the financial implications of expenditure.

[S 14 am by s 7 of Act 7 of 1984.]

14A. Harbour Master and Deputy Harbour Master.

(1) The Ports Authority shall appoint a Harbour Master and such number of Deputy Harbour Masters as are necessary for the purpose of giving effect to the principles and provisions of this Act.

(2) In any written law any reference made to the Master Attendant shall be deemed to be a reference to the Harbour Master.

[S 14A ins b y s 8 of Act 7 of 1984.]

15. Temporary employment with the Ports Authority of officers of the Colombo Port Commission and the Coast Lights and Beacons Division of the Department of Merchant Shipping who do not belong to a combined service.

(1) Every public officer of the Colombo Port Commission and the Coast Lights and Beacons Division of the Department of Merchant Shipping who does not belong to a combined service of the Government and who was in service on the day immediately preceding the appointed date, shall be offered temporary employment with the Ports Authority for a period not exceeding two years.

[S 15(1) am by s 9 of Act 7 of 1984.]

(2) Where a public officer referred to in subsection (1) accepts temporary employment with the Ports Authority—

(a) if, on the day immediately preceding the appointed date, his substantive post in the Colombo Port Commission and the Coast Lights and Beacons Division of the Department of Merchant Shipping was a post declared to be pensionable under the Minutes on Pensions—

(i) he shall be deemed, for the purpose of those Minutes, to continue to hold such a post so long as he is in the temporary employment of the Authority and shall be eligible for the grant of a pension or gratuity as though his service in the temporary employment of the Authority were service under the Government;

(ii) in respect of him, the Ports Authority shall pay out of its funds to the Deputy Secretary to the Treasury to be credited to the Consolidated Fund for every complete month of service during which he is in the temporary employment of the Authority such sum not exceeding twenty-five per centum, as may be determined by the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance, of the salary payable to him in the substantive post that he held in the Colombo Port Commission and the Coast Lights and Beacons Division of the on the day immediately preceding the appointed date; and

(iii) he shall, for the purpose of the preceding sub-paragraphs (i) and (ii) be deemed, during such period of temporary employment with the Ports Authority, to have earned his increments, if any, in the substantive post that he held in the Colombo Port Commission and the Coast Lights and Beacons Division of the on the day immediately preceding the appointed date, provided that the Authority certifies that his work and conduct were satisfactory and that he has earned his increments.

(b) if, on the day immediately preceding the appointed date, he was a contributor to the Public Service Provident Fund established under the Public Service Provident Fund Ordinance—

(i) he shall be deemed, for the purpose of that Ordinance, to continue to be such a contributor so long as he is in the temporary employment of the Ports Authority and shall be eligible for the grant of any award under that Ordinance as though his temporary employment under the Authority were service under the Government;

(ii) he shall, while in the temporary employment of the Ports Authority, pay to the Public Service Provident Fund such contributions as he was liable under that Ordinance to pay;

(iii) in respect of him, the Ports Authority shall pay at the close of each financial year, out of its funds, to the Deputy Secretary to the Treasury to be credited to the officer's account in the Public Service Provident Fund a sum equivalent to such contribution as the Government is liable to pay to such Fund in respect of him; and

(iv) he shall, for the purpose of the preceding sub-paragraphs (i) and (ii) be deemed, during such period of temporary employment with the Ports Authority, to have earned his increments, if any, in the substantive post that he held in the Colombo Port Commission and the Coast Lights and Beacons Division of the on the day immediately preceding the appointed date, provided that the Authority certifies that his work and conduct were satisfactory and that he has earned his increments.

[S 15(2) am by s 9 of Act 7 of 1984.]

(3) Every public officer referred to in subsection (1) who does not accept temporary employment with the Ports Authority shall be deemed to have left the public service on the appointed date.

(4) Every public officer referred to in subsection (2) whose temporary employment with the Ports Authority is terminated either at his option or at the instance of the Authority, shall be deemed to have left the public service on the date of termination of such employment.

16. Permanent employment with the Ports Authority of officers of the Colombo Port Commission and the Coast Lights and Beacons Division of the Department of Merchant Shipping who do not belong to a combined service.

(1) Every public officer referred to in section 15(2) shall, during the period of his temporary employment with the Ports Authority be offered permanent employment with the Authority.

(2) Every public officer referred to in section 15 (2) who is permanently appointed to the staff of the Ports Authority shall be deemed to have left the public service on the date of his permanent appointment to the staff of the Authority,

(3) The provisions of section 26 (4) and (5) of the State Industrial Corporations Act shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to and in relation to public officers referred to in subsection (2).

(4) Where any public officer referred to in subsection (1) does not, on or before the date on which his temporary employment with the Ports Authority under section 15(1) terminates, accept permanent employment with the Ports Authority when such employment is offered to him, his temporary employment with the Authority shall be terminated and he shall be deemed to have left the public service on the date of termination of such temporary employment.

(5) Where any public officer referred to in subsection (1) does not accept permanent employment with the Ports Authority under subsection (4) the Authority may, notwithstanding that such employment has been terminated, offer temporary employment to such officer subject to such terms and conditions as may be imposed by such Authority:

Provided, however, where any disciplinary inquiry is or was pending against any such officer employed by the Ports Authority, the Authority may conduct any inquiry and terminate the services of such officer or change the conditions of service of such officer. and

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