Merchant Shipping Act 2010

15.

Categorisation of vessels under safety regulations.

15.— The Act of 1992 is amended—

( a) in section 2(1), by substituting for the definition of “the Minister” the following:

“‘Minister’ means Minister for Transport;”,

( b) in section 18 (inserted by section 47 of the Act of 2005) by inserting after subsection (3) the following:

“(3A) In making regulations under this section the Minister may categorise passenger boats into different classes, where appropriate, having regard to one or more of the following:

( a) the size, shape, speed or configuration of such boats;

( b) the service for which such boats are to be employed;

( c) the nature and duration of voyages to be undertaken;

( d) the number of passengers or other persons, or both, that such boats are designed to carry on board;

( e) such other matter or matters that the Minister considers appropriate to take into account in the circumstances.”,

( c) in section 19 (inserted by section 47 of the Act of 2005) by inserting after subsection (3) the following:

“(3A) In making regulations under this section the Minister may categorise fishing vessels into different classes having regard to one or more of the following, where appropriate:

( a) the size, shape, speed or configuration of such vessels;

( b) the service for which such vessels are to be employed;

( c) the nature and duration of voyages to be undertaken;

( d) the number of persons that such vessels are designed to carry on board;

( e) such other matter or matters that the Minister considers appropriate to take into account in the circumstances.”,

and

( d) in section 20 (inserted by section 47 of the Act of 2005) by inserting after subsection (3) the following:

“(3A) In making regulations under this section the Minister may categorise pleasure craft into different classes having regard to one or more of the following, where appropriate:

( a) the size, shape, speed or configuration of such craft;

( b) the service for which such craft are to be employed;

( c) the nature and duration of voyages to be undertaken;

( d) the number of persons, that such craft are designed to carry on board;

( e) such other matter or matters that the Minister considers appropriate to take into account in the circumstances.”.