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(1)This Act may be cited as the Merchant Shipping Act 1983.
(2)This Act and the Merchant Shipping Acts 1894 to 1981 may be cited together as the Merchant Shipping Acts 1894 to 1983.
(3)This Act shall come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument appoint, and different days may be appointed for different provisions and for different purposes.
(4)This Act extends to Northern Ireland.
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