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The Merchant Shipping (Navigational Equipment) Regulations 1993

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Provision of navigational equipment installations

3.—(1) Every ship shall be fitted with a magnetic compass installation which shall comply with Part II of these Regulations.

(2) Every ship of 500 tons or over but less than 1600 tons constructed on or after 1st September 1984 shall:

(a)be fitted with a gyro compass installation which shall comply with Part III of these Regulations;

(b)be fitted with a radar installation which shall comply with Part IV of these Regulations. From 1st February 1995 the radar installation shall be capable of working in the 9 GHz frequency band;

(c)be fitted with indicators showing the rudder angle, the rate of revolution and direction of thrust of each propeller and, if fitted with variable pitch propellers or lateral thrust propellers, the pitch and operational mode of such propellers. All these indicators shall be readable from the normal navigation control position.

(3) Every ship of 500 tons or over but less than 1600 tons when engaged on an international voyage shall:

(a)if constructed on or after 25th May 1980 be fitted with an echo sounder installation which shall comply with Part V of these Regulations;

(b)if constructed on or after 1st September 1984 be fitted with a speed and distance measuring installation which shall comply with Part VI of these Regulations.

(4) Every ship of 1600 tons or over, whenever constructed, shall:

(a)be fitted with a gyro compass installation which shall comply with Part III of these Regulations: Provided that this requirement shall apply to ships constructed before 1st September 1984, only when engaged on international voyages;

(b)(i)if less than 10,000 tons, be fitted with a radar installation which shall comply with Part IV of these Regulations. From 1st February 1995 the radar installation shall be capable of working in the 9 GHz frequency band;

(ii)if of 10,000 tons or over, be fitted with two radar installations, each capable of being operated independently of the other which shall comply with Part IV of these Regulations. From 1st February 1995, at least one of the radar installations shall be capable of operating in the 9 GHz frequency band;

(c)be fitted with indicators showing the rudder angle, the rate of revolution and direction of thrust of each propeller and, if fitted with variable pitch propellers or lateral thrust propellers, the pitch and operational mode of such propellers. All these indicators shall be readable from the normal navigation control position.

(5) Every ship of 1600 tons or over when engaged on an international voyage shall:

(a)whenever contructed, be fitted with an echo sounder installation which shall comply with Part V of these Regulations;

(b)if constructed on or after 1st September 1984 be fitted with a speed and distance measuring installation which shall comply with Part VI of these Regulations;

(c)whenever constructed, be fitted with a direction finder installation which shall comply with Part VII of these Regulations;

(d)until 1st February 1999, if constructed on or after 25th May 1980 and before 1st February 1995, be fitted with radio equipment for homing on the radiotelephone distress frequency which shall comply with Part VIII of these Regulations.

(6) Every United Kingdom ship having a Passenger Certificate of Class II(A) or III shall either—

(a)be fitted with an echo sounder installation which shall comply with Part V of these Regulations; or

(b)be provided with–

(i)two hand lead lines each 45 metres long and each with a lead weighing at least 3 kilograms; and

(ii)in the case of a ship of 1600 tons or over having a Passenger Certificate of Class II(A), an efficient mechanical depth sounding device.

(7) Every ship of 10,000 tons or over shall be fitted with an automatic radar plotting aid which shall comply with Part IX of these Regulations:

provided that this requirement shall not apply to ships, other than tankers, of less than 15,000 tons constructed before 1st September 1984.

(8) After 1st February 1995, passenger ships irrespective of size and cargo ships of 300 tons gross tonnage and upwards when engaged on international voyages shall be fitted with a radar installation capable of operating in the 9 GHz frequency band. This radar may be one of those required by regulations 3(2)(b) or 3(4)(b).

(9) Every ship of 100,000 tons or over constructed on or after 1st September 1984 shall be fitted with a rate of turn indicator which shall comply with Part X of these Regulations.

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