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

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Visibility from the Bridge

2.—(1) The steering position shall be situated above all decked superstructures other than the wheelhouse (if any) in which it is situated.

(2) Subject to regulation 5 below, the steering position shall be so sited and any wheelhouse shall be so constructed as to provide the helmsman at the steering position with good all round visibility. The presence of a blind arc of visibility abaft the beam from the steering position shall not prevent visibility from being good all round visibility for the purposes of this regulation if the helmsman can, by moving horizontally within the permitted limits, obtain good visibility over the whole of that arc.

(3) Subject to regulation 5 below, the steering position shall be so sited and the wheelhouse so constructed that the helmsman at the steering position can, if necessary by moving across a level and unobstructed deck within the permitted limits,—

(a)see the surface of the water at a distance of not more than 2 ship`s lengths from the ship, over the arc from abeam on either side through right ahead, and

(b)in new ships, and where practicable in existing ships, see an object situated 4 metres above the surface of the water at a distance of 200 metres from the stern of the ship, over the arc from abeam on either side through right astern.

(4) In this regulation “the permitted limits” are,

(a)for a ship with a single steering position, up to 1 metre either side of the steering position, or

(b)for a ship with two steering positions within the wheelhouse, (or wings), between these two positions, or

(c)for a ship with a wandering lead control from side to side of the ship, or the maximum reach of the wandering lead if this is a lesser distance.

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