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The Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances for Passenger Ships of Classes III to VI (A)) Regulations 1992

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Classification of Ships

3.  For the purposes of these Regulations ships shall be arranged in the following classes:

  • Class III. Passenger ships engaged only on voyages in the course of which they are at no time more than 70 miles by sea from their port of departure and not more than 18 miles from the coast of the United Kingdom, and which are at sea only in favourable weather and during restricted periods.

  • Class IV. Passenger ships engaged only on voyages in Category A, B, C and D waters.

  • Class V. Passenger ships engaged only on voyages in Category A, B and C waters.

  • Class VI. Passengers ships engaged only on voyages with not more than 250 passengers on board, to sea, or in Cateogry A, B, C and D waters, in all cases in favourable weather and during restricted periods, in the course of which the ships are at no time more than 15 miles, exclusive of any Category A, B, C and D waters, from their point of departure nor more than 3 miles from land.

  • Class VI(A). Passenger ships carrying not more than 50 passengers for a distance of not more than 6 miles on voyages to or from isolated communities on the islands or coasts of the United Kingdom and which do not proceed for a distance of more than 3 miles from land.

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