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(1)This Act may be cited as the Merchant Shipping (Safety Convention) Act 1977, and this Act and the Merchant Shipping Acts 1894 to 1974 may be cited together as the Merchant Shipping Acts 1894 to 1977.
(2)This Act shall be construed as one with the Merchant Shipping Acts 1894 to 1974 and, without prejudice to the generality of this provision, references in those Acts to the Merchant Shipping Acts shall be construed as including references to this Act.
(3)In section 1 of the Hovercraft Act 1968 (power to make Orders in Council with respect to hovercraft) the reference in paragraph (h) of subsection (1) to any enactment or instrument relating to ships shall be construed as including a reference to this Act and any instrument made under it.
(4)Except in so far as the context otherwise requires, any reference in this Act to an enactment shall be construed as a reference to that enactment as amended by or under any other enactment.
(5)This Act extends to Northern Ireland.
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