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The Merchant Shipping (Passenger Ships of Classes IV, V, VI, & VI(A)-Bridge Visibility) Regulations 1992

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Merchant Shipping (Passenger Ships of Classes IV, V, VI, & VI(A)-Bridge Visibility) Regulations 1992 and shall come into force on 31st October 1992.

(2) In these Regulations the following expressions have the following meanings respectively unless the context otherwise requires:

“all round visibility” means visibility over a horizontal arc of 360 degs;

“dedicated lookout” means a person whose sole duty, while the ship is under way, is to maintain a lookout;

“enclosed passenger space” means any space to which passengers have access and which is, or may be, enclosed by fixed or moveable screens. It does not include a passenger deck fitted with a canopy provided there are no means, either temporary or permanent, to fit side and or end screens to the space;

“existing ship” means a ship which is not a new ship;

“new ship” means a ship the keel of which is laid, or which is at a similar stage of construction, on or after 31st October 1992; and for the purposes of this definition “a similar stage of construction” means the stage at which


construction identifiable with a particular ship begins and


assembly of that ship has commenced comprising at least 50 tonnes or one per cent of the estimated mass of all structural material whichever is the less;

“passenger deck” means any deck space to which passengers have access;

“passenger ship” means a ship carrying more than 12 passengers;

“ship`s length” means, in relation to any ship, the length of that ship;

“tidal waters” means any part of the sea and any part of a river within the ebb and flow of the tide at ordinary spring tides;

“wandering lead control” means a mobile controller from which an operator is able to steer the ship from any part of the wheelhouse and bridge wings as appropriate.

(3) These Regulations apply to all passenger ships of Classes IV, V, VI and VI(A) within the meaning of the Merchant Shipping (Passenger Ship Construction and Survey) Regulations 1984(1) operating in tidal waters: Provided that regulation 2(1) below does not apply to existing ships.

(4) Where a ship is managed by a person other than its owner (whether on behalf of the owner or some other person or on his own behalf), a reference in these Regulations to the owner shall be construed as including a reference to that person.


S.I. 1984/1216, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

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