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The Merchant Shipping (Passenger Ship Construction: Ships of Classes I, II and II(A)) Regulations 1998

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Requirements for ro-ro passenger ships which carry 400 persons or more

46.  In addition to the provisions of regulations 44 and 45, ro-ro passenger ships certificated to carry 400 persons or more shall comply with the following—

(1) Vessels constructed on or after 1st July 1997 shall comply with section 3 of Schedule 3 of Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1698 (M) with the damage deemed to occur anywhere in the ship’s length.

(2) Vessels constructed before 1st July 1997 shall comply with the requirements of paragraph (1) not later than the date of the first periodic survey following the compliance dates prescribed in sub-paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) below, whichever occurs latest—

Value of A/AmaxDate of Compliance
less than 85%1 October 1998
85% or more but less than 90%1 October 2000
90% or more but less than 95%1 October 2002
95% or more but less than 97.5%1 October 2004
97.5% or more1 October 2010

(b)Number of persons permitted to be carried

1,500 or more1 October 2002
1,000 or more but less than 1,5001 October 2006
600 or more but less than 1,0001 October 2008
400 or more but less than 6001 October 2010
Age of ship equal to or greater than 20 years20 years after the construction of the ship
  • where age of the ship means the time from the date on which it was constructed.

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