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

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2.  In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires—

  • “crewman” has the same meaning as “seaman” in the Merchant Shipping Act 1894(1) (and accordingly includes every person (except masters and pilots) employed or engaged in any capacity on board a vessel);

  • “existing boatman’s licence” means a document bearing the title “Boatman’s licence” which—


    is before the date on which these Regulations come into force issued by the Department of Transport in accordance with the provisions of Merchant Shipping Notice No.M. 1036 issued by the Department of Trade in August 1982 (as amended by Merchant Shipping Notice 1288 issued by the Department of Transport in September 1987); and


    certifies that a person named in it has been tested by a Department of Transport surveyor and found to be qualified to be a person in charge of a passenger vessel in Classes IV, V, VI and VI(A);

  • “Merchant Shipping Notice” means a Notice issued by the Department of Transport and describing itself as a Merchant Shipping Notice;

  • “mile” means a nautical mile of 1852 metres;

  • “passenger” has the meaning given by section 26(1) of the Merchant Shipping (Safety Convention) Act 1949(2) (and accordingly means any person carried in a vessel, except—


    a person employed or engaged in any capacity on board the vessel on the business of the vessel;


    a person on board the vessel in pursuance of the obligation laid upon the master to carry shipwrecked, distressed or other persons, or by reason of any circumstance that neither the master nor the owner nor the charterer (if any) could have prevented or forestalled; and


    a child under one year of age);

  • “sea” does not include any waters of Category A, B, C or D;

  • “vessel” has the same meaning as “ship” in the Merchant Shipping Act 1894 (and accordingly includes every description of vessel used in navigation not propelled by oars);

  • “voyage” includes an excursion.

(2) In these Regulations a reference to waters of a stated category is a reference to waters which are specified as of that category in Merchant Shipping Notice M 1504 or in any subsequent Merchant Shipping Notice amending or replacing it which specifies the date on which that subsequent notice takes effect and which the Secretary of State considers relevant from time to time.


1894 c. 60; the definition of “seaman” in section 742 was amended by the Merchant Shipping Act 1970, Schedule 3, paragraph 4.

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