Chapter 13 - Pratique
Chapter 13 - Pratique
(a) The Director of Health or his representative may board each vessel coming from a port other than a port in American Samoa.
(b) No other person except a pilot may board the vessel until pratique has been granted, and there will be no other physical communication with the vessel until pratique has been granted.
Ships entering the port of Pago Pago are required to obey any orders of the Director of Health or his representative issued pursuant to this chapter concerning the granting of pratique.
The captain or other officer in command of any vessel coming from a foreign port must present to the health officer, upon demand of the Director of Health or his representative, a proper bill of health, together with a full, true, and correct list of all passengers and crew and the list must distinguish residents of American Samoa from nonresident passengers. The passenger list and bill of health must contain such other information and be in such form as is prescribed by the Director of Health or his representative.
The Director of Health or his representative is authorized to inspect any vessel, passengers or members of the crew when he deems it necessary. He may order such special precautions or restrictions as he deems necessary to prevent the entrance of communicable disease into American Samoa.
The captain or other officer in command of any vessel shall detain on board any person designated by the Director of Health or his representative, and he shall allow such person to land only when he has received permission therefor from the Director of Health.
Prior to granting clearance to any vessel, there shall be collected from the master or agent thereof the cost of any medical or surgical treatment rendered to the passengers or crew of said vessel including, if applicable, the cost of transportation of such passenger or crew member to the port of his or her embarkation.
The Director of Health or his representative is authorized to promulgate such rules and pro-cedures as necessary and proper for granting pratique to vessels entering American Samoa.
(a) Any person who departs from the limits of any quarantine area established by the Director of Health or his representative, without permission of the Director or his representative, shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor and upon conviction, sentenced accordingly.
(b) Any vessel which enters within or departs from the limits of any quarantine area as desig-nated by the Director or his representative, or in disregard of any order or rule promulgated by the director or his representative, shall forfeit to the government not more than $5,000, the amount to be determined by the High Court of American Samoa, which shall be a lien on such vessel.