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The Merchant Shipping (Navigational Equipment) Regulations 1993

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The magnetic compass installation

12.—(1) Except in the case of United Kingdom ships having Passenger Certificates of Class IV, VI or VI(A), the magnetic compass installation shall comprise:

(a)a standard magnetic compass, fitted on the centre line of the ship and mounted on a binnacle.

(b)a steering magnetic compass, fitted on the centre line of the ship and mounted on a binnacle, unless heading information provided by the standard compass required under (a) is available to and is clearly readable by the helmsman at the main steering position;

(c)adequate means of communication between the standard compass position and the normal navigation control position; and

(d)means for taking bearings as nearly as practicable over an arc of the horizon of 360°.

(2) In the case of United Kingdom ships having Passenger Certificates of Class IV, VI or VI(A) the magnetic compass installation shall comprise one efficient magnetic compass at the steering position.

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