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Merchant Shipping Act 1974

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Part IVSubmersible Apparatus

16Apparatus to which Part IV applies

(1)This Part of this Act applies to any submersible or supporting apparatus—

(a)operated within waters which are in the United Kingdom or which are adjacent thereto and within the seaward limits of territorial waters, or

(b)launched or operated from, or comprising, a ship registered in the United Kingdom or a British ship of a specified description (being a British ship which is not registered in the United Kingdom).

(2)In this section—

  • " apparatus " includes any vessel, vehicle or hovercraft, any structure, any diving plant or equipment and any other form of equipment,

  • " specified " means specified in regulations made by the Secretary of State for the purposes of this section,

  • " submersible apparatus" means any apparatus used, or designed for use, in supporting human life on or under the bed of any waters or elsewhere under the surface of any waters, and

  • " supporting apparatus" means any apparatus used or designed for use, in connection with the operation of any submersible apparatus.

17Safety of submersible and supporting apparatus

(1)The Secretary of State may make regulations—

(a)for the safety of submersible and supporting apparatus ;

(b)for the prevention of accidents in or near submersible or supporting apparatus;

(c)for the safety, health and welfare of persons on or in submersible and supporting apparatus ;

(d)for prohibiting or otherwise restricting the operation of any submersible apparatus except in accordance with the conditions of a licence granted under the regulations ; and

(e)for the registration of submersible apparatus.

(2)Regulations made under this section shall be contained in a statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(3)Schedule 5 to this Act shall have effect for supplementing the provisions of this section.

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