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Merchant Shipping (Mercantile Marine Fund) Act 1898

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FIRST SCHEDULETable of Maximum Fees to be paid on the Registration, Transfer, and Mortgage of Ships

1On Initial Registry.

£s.d.
Vessels under 50 tons gross100
Vessels 50 to 100 tons gross1100
Vessels 50 to 100 tons gross200

with 10s. for every additional 100 tons, or fraction of a 100.

2On Transfer, Transmission, Registry Anew, Transfer of Registry, Mortgage, and Transfer of Mortgage. According to the gross tonnage represented by the ships or shares of ships transferred, &c. (e.g., the transfer of a 1/64 share in a ship of 6,400 tons to be reckoned as the transfer of 100 tons).

£s.d.
Under 10 tons026
10 tons and under 20 tons050
20 tons and under 30 tons076
30 tons and under 40 tons0100
40 tons and under 50 tons0126
50 tons and under 75 tons0150
75 tons and under 100 tons0176
100 tons and under 25 tons100

and a further fee of 2s. 6d. for every additional 50 tons, or part of 50 tons, up to 500 tons, after which 2s. 6d. for every 100 tons, or part of 100 tons.

SECOND SCHEDULELight Dues

Scale of Payments

1One penny per ton per voyage for home-trade sailing ships.

2Twopence farthing per ton per voyage, for foreign-going sailing ships.

3One penny halfpenny per ton per voyage for home-trade steamers.

4Twopence three farthings per ton per voyage for foreign-going steamers.

5An annual payment in the place of payments per voyage of one shilling per ton for tugs and pleasure yachts.

Rules

(1)A ship shall not in any year be required to make payments on account of light dues—

(a)if the ship is a home-trade ship, for more than ten voyages; and

(b)if the ship is a foreign-going ship, for more than six voyages; and

(c)if the ship makes voyages during the year both as a home-trade and as a foreign-going ship, for more than ten voyages, counting each voyage made as a foreign-going ship as a voyage and a half. Provided that no steamer shall be required to pay more than one shilling and fourpence halfpenny per ton, and that no sailing vessel shall be required to pay more than one shilling and a penny halfpenny per ton in any year.

(2)A ship shall not pay dues both as a home-trade ship and as a foreign-going ship for the same voyage, but a ship trading from a port outside home-trade limits, and discharging cargo or landing passengers or mails at any port within home-trade limits, shall be deemed to be on one voyage as a foreign-going ship, until she has arrived at the last port of discharge of cargo or passengers brought from beyond home-trade limits; and a ship trading to a port outside home-trade limits, and loading cargo or receiving passengers or mails at any port within home trade limits, shall be deemed to be on one voyage as a foreign-going ship from the time she starts from the first port of loading of cargo or passengers destined for a port beyond home-trade limits.

(3)The voyage of a home-trade ship shall be reckoned from port to port, but a home-trade ship shall not be required to pay dues for more than three voyages in one month.

(4)The voyage of a foreign-going ship trading outwards shall be reckoned from the first port of lading in the United Kingdom or the Isle of Man of cargo destined for a port outside home-trade limits.

(5)The voyage of a foreign-going ship trading inwards shall be reckoned from her last port of lading outside home-trade limits to the last port in the United Kingdom or the Isle of Man at which any cargo laden outside those limits is discharged.

(6)Dues payable per voyage under this Act shall be payable and collected only at ports where a ship loads or discharges cargo or passengers or mails.

(7)The annual payments shall be payable at the commencement of the year in respect of which they are made, provided that a new vessel shall pay only one penny per ton for each month after the commencement of her first voyage till the first of April following.

(8)For the purposes of these rules—

(a)A ship's tonnage shall be reckoned as under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, for dues payable on a ship's tonnage, with the addition required in section eighty-five of that Act with respect to deck cargo, or in the case of an unregistered vessel in accordance with the Thames measurement adopted by Lloyd's Register.

(b)A year shall be reckoned from the day of the month on which this Act commences.

Exemptions

There shall be exempted from dues under this schedule :

Her Majesty's ships ;

Ships belonging to foreign Governments ;

Sailing ships (not being pleasure yachts) of less than one hundred tons, and all ships (not being pleasure yachts) of less than twenty tons;

Vessels (other than tugs or pleasure yachts) when navigated wholly and bona fide in ballast, on which no freight is earned and without any passenger;

Ships putting in for bunker coal, stores, or provisions for their own use on board ;

Vessels for the time being employed in sea fishing or in sea fishing service, exclusive of vessels used for catching fish otherwise than for profit. Ships putting in from stress of weather, or for the purpose of repairing, or because of damage, provided they do not discharge or load cargo other than cargo discharged with a view (o such repairs, and afterwards re-shipped. Yachts and pleasure boats of under five ton registered shipping tonnage.

THIRD SCHEDULEI.—Lighthouses maintained by the Board of Trade out of Money voted by Parliament

Bahamas. 11 Lighthouses as follows :—

Gun Cay. Abaco. Cay Sal. Great Isaacs. Cay Lobos. Elbow Cay. Great Stirrup Cay. Castle Island. Inagua. Bird Rock. Watling Island. On Sombrero, one of the Leeward Islands. Cape Pembroke, Falkland Islands. II.—Lighthouses maintained by the Board of Trade out of Colonial Light Dues levied under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894.

Great Basses,off the Coast of Ceylon.
Little Basses,
Barberyn,on the Coast of Ceylon.
Dondra Head,
Minicoy Island, between the Laccadive and Maldive Islands.

FOURTH SCHEDULEEnactments repealed

Session and Chapter.Short Title.Extent of Repeal.
35 & 36 Vict. c. 55.The Basses Lights Act, 1872.The whole Act.
44 & 45 Vict. c. 38.The Public Works Loans Act, 1881.Section ten.
50 & 51 Vict. c. 37.The Public Works Loans Act, 1887.Section five.
57 & 58 Vict. c. 60.The Merchant Shipping Act, 1894.

Section one hundred and ninety-three, the word " such" where it first occurs, and from " as follows; namely " to " citizen of a foreign country," inclusive.

Section one hundred and ninety-four.

Section six hundred and forty-three, to the words " and those," inclusive.

Sections six hundred and forty-four, six hundred and forty-five, six hundred and forty-six, six hundred and seventy-three, and six hundred and seventy-eight.

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