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The Merchant Shipping (Categorisation of Waters) Regulations 1992

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Merchant Shipping Categorisation of Waters Regulations 1992 and shall come into force on 31st October 1992.

(2) The Merchant Shipping (Smooth and Partially Smooth Waters) Regulations 1987(1) are hereby revoked.

2.  References to Merchant Shipping Notice M1504 includes references to any subsequent Merchant Shipping Notice amending or replacing it which specifies the date on which such subsequent notice takes effect and which the Secretary of State considers relevant from time to time.

3.—(1) This regulation applies to instruments [made or] in force at the time of the making of these Regulations being—

(a)regulations made pursuant to section 21(1) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1979; or

(b)rules or regulations made pursuant to any other provision of the Merchant Shipping Acts 1894 to 1988

in which the expression “smooth waters” or “partially smooth waters” or any cognate expression occurs.

(2) For the purposes of any instrument to which this regulation applies and notwithstanding anything therein—

(a)“category A, B, C or D waters” shall respectively mean the waters specified as Category A, B, C or D waters in Merchant Shipping Notice M1504.

(b)the term “smooth waters”, when used in the regulations referred to in paragraph (1) of this regulation means category A and B and C waters combined and the term “partially smooth waters” means category D waters.

Signed by Authority of the Secretary of State for Transport


Minister of State,

Department of Transport

1st October 1992

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