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The Merchant Shipping (Fire Protection) (Amendment) Regulations 1999

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4.  In regulation 2:

(a)in sub-paragraph (2) the following shall be added after the entry for “Class II(A)”:

Class IIIPassenger ships engaged only on voyages in the course of which they are at no time more than 70 miles by sea from their point of departure and not more than 18 miles from the coast of the United Kingdom, and which are at sea only in favourable weather and during restricted periods;
Class IVPassenger ships engaged only on voyages in Category A, B, C or D waters;
Class VPassenger ships engaged only on voyages in Category A, B or C waters;
Class VIPassenger ships engaged only on voyages with not more than 250 passengers on board, to sea, or in Category A, B, C or D waters, in all cases in favourable weather and during restricted periods, in the course of which the ships are at no time more than 15 miles, exclusive of any Category A, B and C waters, from their point of departure nor more than 3 miles from land;
Class VI(A)Passenger ships carrying not more than 50 passengers for a distance of not more than 6 miles on voyages to or from isolated communities on the islands or coast of the United Kingdom and which do not proceed for a distance of more than 3 miles from land subject to any conditions which the Secretary of State may impose;;

(b)in paragraph 2(2), in sub-paragraph (a) the following definition shall be inserted after the definition of “long international voyage”:

  • “restricted period” means a period falling wholly within the following limits–

    (a)

    from 1st April to 31st October, both dates inclusive; and

    (b)

    between one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset in the case of ships fitted with navigation lights conforming to the regulations for the prevention of collisions(1) and between sunrise and sunset in the case of any other ships;.

(1)

See S.I. 1996/75.

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