3. INSPECTORS. –
(1) The [ lja-5 Central Government lja-5 ] may, by notification in the official Gazette, appoint such persons as it thinks fit to be Inspectors for the purposes of this Act within such local limits as it may assign to them respectively.
(2) All principal officers of the Mercantile Marine Department shall be Inspectors under this Act, ex-officio, within the limits of their charges.
(3) Every Inspector shall be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of the Indian Penal Code and shall be officially subordinate to such authority as the Central Government may direct.