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Merchant Shipping (Safety and Load Line Conventions) Act 1932

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Safety of Life at Sea

    1. Construction and Surveys

      1. 1.Construction and survey regulations to implement Chapter II of Safety Convention

      2. 2.Amendments as to declarations of survey

      3. 3.Alteration of ships and additional surveys

    2. Life-Saving Appliances

      1. 4.Rules for life-saving appliances to implement Chapter III of Safety Convention

      2. 5.Amendments of Merchant Shipping Acts as to lifesaving appliances

    3. Wireless Telegraphy

      1. 6.Wireless telegraphy rules to implement Chapter IV of Safety Convention

      2. 7.Amendments of 9 and 10 Geo. 5. c. 38

      3. 8.Appointment of wireless telegraphy surveyors

      4. 9.Survey of passenger steamers by wireless telegraphy surveyors

      5. 10.Survey of ships other than passenger steamers by wireless telegraphy surveyors

    4. Certificates

      1. 11.Issue of safety certificates and passenger steamers' exemption certificates

      2. 12.Modification of safety certificates as respects life saving appliances

      3. 13.Issue of wireless telegraphy certificates and wireless telegraphy exemption certificates

      4. 14.Prohibition on proceeding to sea without certificate

      5. 15.Miscellaneous provisions as to certificates

    5. Provisions as to Safety Convention Ships not registered in the United Kingdom

      1. 16.Certificates of Convention ships not registered in United Kingdom

      2. 17.Modifications as to survey of passenger steamers holding Convention certificate

      3. 18.Miscellaneous privileges of passenger steamers holding Convention certificate

      4. 19.Wireless telegraphy provisions applicable to ships holding Convention certificate

      5. 20.Duty to produce Convention certificate

      6. 21.Modification of existing provisions for exemption of ships not registered in United Kingdom

    6. Miscellaneous Provisions for furthering Safety of Life at Sea

      1. 22.Duties as to watertight doors and other contrivances

      2. 23.Submersion of subdivision load lines

      3. 24.Report of dangers to navigation

      4. 25.Provisions as to signals

      5. 26.Obligation to render assistance on receiving wireless distress call

      6. 27.Signalling lamps

      7. 28.Carriage of dangerous goods

      8. 29.Method of giving helm orders

      9. 30.Careful navigation near ice

      10. 31.Notice of Atlantic routes

      11. 32.Contribution towards a service for watching ice and derelicts in the North Atlantic

    7. Supplemental

      1. 33.Amendment of s. 267 of principal Act

      2. 34.Power to amend rules and regulations to correspond with amendments of Safety Convention

      3. 35.Certain rules and regulations to be laid before Parliament

      4. 36.Application of Part I to British possessions, protectorates and mandated territories

      5. 37.Countries to which Safety Convention applies

      6. 38.Interpretation of Part I

      7. 39.Commencement of Part I and repeal

  3. Part II Load Line and Loading

    1. Preliminary

      1. 40.Ships exempt from Part II

      2. 41.Classification of ships for purpose of Part II

    2. Marking and Submersion of Load Lines

      1. 42.Load line rules

      2. 43.Marking of deck-line and load lines

      3. 44.Submersion of load line

      4. 45.Miscellaneous offences in relation to marks

      5. 46.Inspection of ships with respect to load line

    3. Certificates

      1. 47.Issue of load line certificates and effect thereof

      2. 48.Duration, renewal and cancellation of certificates

      3. 49.Ships not to proceed to sea without certificate

      4. 50.Publication of load line certificate and particulars relating to depth of loading

      5. 51.Insertion of particulars as to load line in agreements with crew

    4. Special Provisions as to Load Line Convention Ships not registered in the United Kingdom

      1. 52.Load line certificates of Convention ships not registered in United Kingdom

      2. 53.Inspection and control of Convention ships not registered in United Kingdom

      3. 54.Certificates of Convention ships to be produced to Customs

      4. 55.Modification of existing provisions for exemption of ships not registered in United Kingdom

    5. General Provisions as to Ships not registered in the United Kingdom

      1. 56.Survey, marking and conditions of assignment in case of ships not registered in United Kingdom

      2. 57.Submersion of load line on ships not registered in United Kingdom

      3. 58.Inspection of ships not registered in United Kingdom

      4. 59.Load line certificates of ships not registered in United Kingdom

      5. 60.Certificates to be produced to Customs by ships not registered in United Kingdom

    6. Loading of Timber

      1. 61.Carriage of timber deck cargo

    7. Supplemental

      1. 62.Amendment of ss. 436 and 454 of the principal Act

      2. 63.Power to amend rules to correspond with amendments of Load Line Convention

      3. 64.Application of Part II to British possessions, protectorates and mandatory territories

      4. 65.Countries to which the Load Line Convention applies

      5. 66.Interpretation of Part II

      6. 67.Commencement of Part II and repeal

  4. Part III General

    1. 68.Provisions as to rules and regulations

    2. 69.Notice to be given to Consular officer where proceedings taken in respect of foreign ships

    3. 70.Cost of detaining ships

    4. 71.Forgery of certificates

    5. 72.Summary prosecution of offences

    6. 73.Interpretation and construction

    7. 74.Short title, citation and repeal

    1. FIRST SCHEDULE

      International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1929

      1. Chapter I Article 1

        1. Applications and Definitions

        2. Cases of Force Majeure

      2. Chapter II Article 4

        1. Application

        2. Watertight Subdivision of Ships

        3. Peak and Machinery Space Bulkheads, Shaft Tunnels, &c

        4. Construction, Testing, &c

        5. Stability Test

        6. Entries in the Official Log Book

        7. Initial and Subsequent Surveys of Ships

      3. Chapter III Article 11

        1. Interpretation

        2. Application

        3. Lifeboats and Buoyant Apparatus

        4. Ready Availability and Adequacy

        5. Standard types of Boats. Life Rafts. Buoyant Apparatus

        6. Construction of Boats

        7. Embarkation of the Passengers in the Boats

        8. Capacity of Boats and Life Rafts

        9. Equipment of Boats and Life Rafts

        10. Life-jackets and Life-buoys

        11. Means of Ingress and Egress. Emergency Lighting

        12. Certificated Lifeboatmen. Manning of the Boats

        13. Line-throwing Appliances

        14. Dangerous Goods. Fire Protection

        15. Muster Roll and Drills

      4. Chapter IV Article 26

        1. Application and Definition

        2. Fitting of Radio Installation

        3. Exemptions from the Requirements of Article 27

        4. Watches

        5. Watchers

        6. Technical Requirements

        7. Competence

      5. Chapter V Article 33

        1. Application

        2. Danger Messages

        3. Meteorological Services

        4. Ice Patrol. Derelicts

        5. Ice Patrol. Management and Cost

        6. Speed near Ice

        7. North Atlantic Routes

        8. Collision Regulations

        9. Helm Orders

        10. Misuse of Distress Signals

        11. Alarm, Distress and Urgency Signals

        12. Speed of Distress Messages

        13. Distress Messages. Procedure

        14. Signalling Lamp

        15. Direction-finding Apparatus

        16. Manning

      6. Chapter VI Article 49

        1. Issue of Certificates

        2. Issue of Certificate by another Government

        3. Form of Certificates

        4. Duration of Certificates

        5. Acceptance of Certificates

        6. Control

        7. Privileges

        8. Qualification of Certificate

      7. Chapter VII Article 57

        1. Equivalents

        2. Laws, Regulations, Reports

        3. Measures taken after Agreement

        4. Prior Treaties and Conventions

        5. Modifications Future Conferences

      8. Chapter VIII Article 62

        1. Application to Colonies, &c

        2. Authentic Texts. Ratification

        3. Accession

        4. Date of coming in Force

        5. Denunciation

        6. Definitions

        7. Floodable Length

        8. Permeability

        9. Permissible Length of Compartments

        10. Regulation V

          Special Rules concerning Subdivision

        11. Peak and Machinery Space Bulkheads, Shaft Tunnels, &c

        12. Assigning, Marking and Recording of Subdivision Loadlines

        13. Construction and Initial Testing of Watertight Bulkheads, &c

        14. Openings in Watertight Bulkheads

        15. Openings in Ship's Sides below the Margin Line

        16. Construction and Initial Tests of Watertight Doors, Sidescuttles, die

        17. Construction and Initial Tests of Watertight Decks, Trunks, &c

        18. Periodical Operation and Inspection of Watertight Doors, &c

        19. Entries in the Official Log Book

        20. Double Bottoms

        21. Fire-resisting Bulkheads

        22. Side and other Openings, &c., above the Margin Line

        23. Exits from Watertight Compartments

        24. Pumping Arrangements

        25. Power for Going Astern

        26. Auxiliary Steering Apparatus

        27. Initial and Subsequent Surveys of Ships

        28. Maintenance of Conditions after Survey

        29. Standard Types of Boats

        30. Lifeboats of Class I

        31. Boats of Glass II

        32. Motor Boats

        33. Life Rafts

        34. Buoyant Apparatus

        35. Cubic Capacity of Lifeboats of Class 1

        36. Deck Area of Boats of Class II

        37. Marking of Boats, Life Rafts and Buoyant Apparatus

        38. Carrying Capacity of Boats

        39. Capacity Limits

        40. Equivalent for and Weight of the Persons

        41. Equipment of Boats and Life Rafts

        42. Stowage and Handling of Boats and Life Rafts

        43. Number and Capacity of Boats, Life Rafts, die, and Davits

        44. Table relating to davits and lifeboat capacity

        45. Life-Jackets and Life-Buoys

        46. Certificated Lifeboatmen

        47. Manning of Boats

        48. Fire Detection and Extinction

        49. Muster List

        50. Musters and Drills

        51. Transmission of Information

        52. Information Required

        53. Examples

        54. Form of Safety Certificate for Passenger Ships

        55. Form of Safety Radiotelegraphy Certificate

        56. Form of Exemption Certificate

        57. 1. Stability

        58. 2. Openings in Bulkheads and Ship's Sides

        59. 3. Services of Special Risk

        60. 4. Means of Clinging to Boats

        61. 5. Dangerous Goods

        62. 6. Alarm Signal

        63. 7. Cyclone Warnings

        64. 8. Wave Lengths

        65. 9. Radio Aids to Navigation

        66. 10. Synchronised Radio and Under-Water Signals

        67. 11. Depth-Sounding Apparatus

        68. 12. Life-Saving Signals

        69. 13. Shore Lights

        70. 14. Collision Regulations,—Aircraft

        71. 15. Recognition of Convention Standards

    2. SECOND SCHEDULE

      International Convention Respecting Load Lines, 1930

      1. Chapter I Article 1

        1. General Obligation of Convention

        2. Scope of Convention

        3. Definitions

        4. Cases of " Force Majeure."

      2. Chapter II Article 5

        1. General Provisions

        2. Provisions for Steamers carrying Timber Deck Cargoes

        3. Provisions for Tankers

        4. Provisions for Ships of Special Types

        5. Survey

        6. Zones and Seasonal Areas

      3. Chapter III Article 11

        1. Issue of Certificates

        2. Issue of Certificates by another Government

        3. Form of Certificate

        4. Duration of Certificates

        5. Acceptance of Certificates

        6. Control

        7. Privileges

      4. Chapter IV Article 18

        1. Equivalents

        2. Laws, Regulations, Reports

        3. Modifications, Future Conferences

      5. Chapter V Article 21

        1. Application to Colonies

        2. Authentic Texts.—Ratification

        3. Accession

        4. Date of Coming in Force

        5. Denunciation

        6. Definitions

        7. Deck Line

        8. Load Line Disc

        9. Lines to be used in connection with the Disc

        10. Mark of Assigning Authority

        11. Details of Marking

        12. Verification of Marks

        13. Openings in Freeboard and Superstructure Decks

        14. Cargo and other Hatchways not protected by Superstructures

        15. Hatchway Coamings

        16. Hatchway Covers

        17. Hatchway Beams and Fore-and-Afters

        18. Carriers or Sockets

        19. Cleats

        20. Battens and Wedges

        21. Tarpaulins

        22. Security of Hatchway Covers

        23. Cargo and other Hatchways in the Freeboard Deck within Superstructures which are fitted with Closing Appliances less efficient than Class 1

        24. Hatchway Coamings and Closing Arrangements

        25. Machinery Space Openings in Exposed Positions on Freeboard and Raised Quarter Decks

        26. Machinery Space Openings in Exposed Positions on Superstructure Decks other than Raised Quarter Decks

        27. Machinery Space Openings in the Freeboard Deck within Superstructures which are fitted with Closing Appliances less efficient than Class I

        28. Flush Bunker Scuttles

        29. Companionways

        30. Ventilators in Exposed Positions on Freeboard and Superstructure Decks

        31. Air Pipes

        32. Openings in the Sides of Ships

        33. Gangway, Cargo and Coaling Ports, &c

        34. Scuppers and Sanitary Discharge Pipes

        35. Side Scuttles

        36. Guard Rails

        37. Freeing Ports

        38. Protection of Crew

        39. Length (L)

        40. Breadth (B)

        41. Moulded Depth

        42. Coefficient of Fineness (c)

        43. Strength

        44. Superstructures

        45. Height of Superstructure

        46. Standard Height of Superstructure

        47. Length of Superstructure (5)

        48. Enclosed Superstructure

        49. Superstructure Bulkheads

        50. Appliances for Closing Access Openings in Bulkheads at ends of Detached Superstructures

        51. Class 1 Closing Appliances

        52. Class 2 Closing Appliances

        53. Temporary Appliances for Closing Openings in Superstructure Decks

        54. Effective Length of Detached Superstructures

        55. General

        56. Poop

        57. Raised Quarter Deck

        58. Bridge

        59. Forecastle

        60. Trunk

        61. Effective Length of Enclosed Superstructures with Middle Line Openings

        62. Enclosed Superstructure with Middle Line Openings in the deck not Provided with Permanent Means of Closing

        63. Deductions for Superstructures

        64. Deductions for Superstructures

        65. Sheer

        66. General

        67. Standard Sheer Profile

        68. Measurement of Variations from Standard Sheer Profile

        69. Addition for Deficiency in Sheer

        70. Deduction for Excess Sheer

        71. Hound of Beam

        72. Standard Round of Beam

        73. Round of Beam Correction

        74. Minimum Freeboard

        75. Summer Freeboard

        76. Tropical Freeboard

        77. Winter Freeboard

        78. Winter North Atlantic Freeboard

        79. Fresh Water Freeboard

        80. Freeboard Table for Steamers

        81. Conditions of Assignment of Load Line

        82. Computation of Freeboard

        83. Depth for Freeboard (D)

        84. Coefficient of Fineness (c)

        85. Superstructures in Wood Ships

        86. Deductions for Superstructures

        87. Minimum Freeboards

        88. Freeboard Table for Sailing Ships

        89. Definitions

        90. Marks on the Ship's Sides

        91. Supplementary Conditions of Assignment and Regulations for Deeper Loading

        92. Construction of Ship

        93. Superstructures

        94. Machinery Casings

        95. Double Bottom Tanks

        96. Bulwarks

        97. Deck Openings covered by Timber Deck Cargo

        98. Stowage

        99. Protection of Crew, Access to Machinery Space, &C

        100. Steering Arrangements

        101. Uprights

        102. Lashings

        103. Plans

        104. Freeboard

        105. Computation of Freeboard

        106. Definition

        107. Marks on the Ship's Sides

        108. Supplementary Conditions of Assignment for Deeper Loading

        109. Construction of Ship

        110. Forecastle

        111. Machinery Casings

        112. Gangway

        113. Protection of Crew, Access to Machinery Space, &c

        114. Hatchways

        115. Ventilators

        116. Freeing Arrangements

        117. Plans

        118. Freeboards

        119. Computation of Freeboard

        120. Deduction for Detached Superstructures

        121. Deduction for Excess Sheer

        122. Winter North Atlantic Freeboard

        123. Freeboard Table for Tankers

        124. Zones

        125. Seasonal Areas

        126. Mediterranean and Black Sea

        127. Northern " Seasonal Winter" Zone (between Asia and North America, except Sea of Japan, South of 50° N.)

        128. Sea of Japan between the parallels of lat. 35° N. and 50° N

        129. Southern " Seasonal Winter " Zone

        130. International Load Line Certificate

        131. Freeboard from deck line, Load Line

        132. Ships of less than 150 tons gross Engaged on International Voyages

        133. Strength

        134. Annual Surveys

        135. Information regarding Damage to Tankers

    3. THIRD SCHEDULE

      Rules with respect to Watertight Doors and other Contrivances

      1. 1.The following contrivances shall be securely closed so as to...

      2. 2.Every watertight door fitted in a main transverse bulkhead, not...

      3. 3.Every portable plate closing an opening in a bulkhead, being...

      4. 4.The cover and valve of every ash-shoot, rubbish-shoot or other...

      5. 5.The opening and closing of all such watertight doors and...

      6. 6.Every valve, the closing of which is necessary to make...

      7. 7.A record shall be entered in the official logbook—

      8. 8.In this Schedule the expressions " bulkhead deck " and...

    4. FOURTH SCHEDULE

      Enactments Repealed

      1. Part I Enactments Repealed as from Commencement of Part I

      2. Part II Enactments Repealed as from the Appointed Day

      3. Part III Enactments Repealed as from Passing of Act

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