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The Merchant Shipping (Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Reporting Requirements) Regulations 2004

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Installation of automatic identification systems

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8.—(1) This regulation applies to—

(a)a cargo craft;

(b)a cargo ship, other than a cargo craft, of 300 gross tonnage or more but less that 500 gross tonnage built on or after 1st July 2002 on a domestic voyage;

(c)a passenger ship built before 1st July 2002 on a domestic voyage;

(d)a tanker built before 1st July 2002 on a domestic voyage which has undergone a survey for safety equipment between 1st July 2003 and the date on which these Regulations come into force;

(e)a cargo ship, other than a cargo craft or a tanker, of 50,000 gross tonnage or more built before 1st July 2002 on a domestic voyage;

(f)a cargo ship, other than—

(i)a cargo craft,

(ii)a tanker referred to in sub-paragraph (d), or

(iii)a cargo ship referred to in sub-paragph (e),

built before 1st July 2002 on a domestic voyage.

(2) A ship referred to in paragraph (1), other than a ship referred to in paragraph (1)(f), shall be fitted with an automatic identification system, which complies with the relevant requirements.

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), a ship referred to in paragraph (1)(f) shall be fitted with an automatic identification system, which complies with the relevant requirements in accordance with the timetable contained in Part I of Annex II to the Directive.

(4) If a tanker built before 1st July 2002 on a domestic voyage has not undergone a survey for safety equipment since 1st July 2003, the tanker in question shall be fitted with an automatic identification system which complies with the relevant requirements no later than the next such survey.

(5) In this regulation—

(a)“cargo craft” means a high-speed craft, other than a craft carrying more than 12 passengers, which is capable of maintaining the main functions and safety systems of unaffected spaces after damage in any one compartment on board;

(b)“high speed craft” means a craft capable of a maximum speed in metres per second (m/s) equal to or exceeding: 3.7▽ 0.1667 where ▽ = volume of displacement corresponding to the design waterline (m3), excluding craft the hull of which is supported clear above the water surface in non displacement mode by aerodynamic forces generated by ground effect; and

(c)“the relevant requirements” means the requirements of paragraph 2.4.5 of regulation 19 in Chapter V of the Annex to the SOLAS Convention.

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