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The Merchant Shipping (Local Passenger Vessels)(Masters' Licences and Hours, Manning and Training) Regulations 1993

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12.—(1) A master shall so far as is reasonably practicable ensure that he is properly rested when first going on duty on any working day.

(2) Subject to paragraph (6) below, the working day of a master shall not exceed 16 hours.

(3) Subject to paragraph (6) below, a master shall not on any working day con a vessel or vessels to which this Part applies for periods amounting in the aggregate to more than 10 hours.

(4) Subject to paragraph (6) below, if on any working day a master has been on duty—

(a)for a period of 6 hours and the end of that period does not mark the end of the working day; or

(b)for periods amounting in the aggregate to 6 hours and there has not been between any of those periods an interval of not less than 30 minutes in which the master was able to obtain rest and refreshment and the end of the last of those periods does not mark the end of the working day;

there shall be such an interval as aforesaid—

(i)as respects the period mentioned in sub-paragraph (a) above, at the end of that period; or

(ii)in the case of the periods mentioned in sub-paragraph (b) above, at the end of the last of those periods.

(5) Subject to paragraph (6) below there shall be, between any two successive working days of a master, an interval for rest which shall not be of less than 8 hours; and, in the case of a master who has command of a vessel in the course of his employment, a period of time shall not be treated as not being an interval for rest by reason only that he may be called upon to report for duty if required.

(6) If the Secretary of State considers that it would be appropriate to grant an exemption from all or any of the requirements of paragraphs (2) to (5) above, he may on such terms (if any) as he may specify grant such an exemption; and, subject to his giving reasonable notice, the Secretary of State may alter or cancel an exemption so granted.

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