Merchant Shipping Act 2010


Liquefied gas carriage rules.

27.— (1) The Minister may, in relation to any ships to which this Chapter applies, make rules (“liquefied gas carriage rules”)—

(a) prescribing requirements for the hull, superstructure, subdivision and stability, electrical installation, equipment and machinery and fire protection of such ships,

(b) regulating repairs, alterations, modifications and outfitting relating thereto, and

(c) requiring any such ships which are Irish ships to be surveyed to such extent, and in such manner and at such intervals as may be prescribed.

(2) Without prejudice to subsection (1) liquefied gas carriage rules may include requirements for all or any of the following matters—

(a) ship survival capability and location of cargo tanks,

(b) ship arrangement,

(c) cargo containment,

(d) process pressure vessels and liquid, vapour, and pressure piping systems,

(e) materials of construction,

(f) cargo pressure and temperature control,

(g) cargo tank vent systems,

(h) environmental control,

(i) electrical installations,

(j) fire protection and fire extinction,

(k) mechanical ventilation in the cargo area,

(l) instrumentation (gauging and gas detection),

(m) personnel protection,

(n) filling limits for cargo tanks,

(o) use of cargo as fuel,

(p) requirements for the carriage of particular cargoes,

(q) operating requirements including cargo information, compatibility of cargo to be carried, personnel training, entry into spaces, carriage of cargo at low temperatures, protection equipment, cargo emergency shutdown and alarm systems and cargo transfer operations, and

(r) notification of accidents or defects.

(3) In making liquefied gas tanker rules the Minister may categorise ships into different classes having regard to one or more of the following, where appropriate—

(a) the size, or configuration of such ships,

(b) the service for which such ships are to be employed,

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

(d) the type of cargo carried including the severity of the environmental and safety hazards involved,

(e) the age and date of construction of ships, and

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

(4) Different liquefied gas carriage rules may be made for the carriage of bulk cargoes of different liquefied gases carried by different classes of ships for different circumstances and for different areas of operation.

(5) Liquefied gas carriage rules shall include such requirements as appear to the Minister to be necessary to implement the provisions of the Safety Convention, including the IGC Code, in relation to the carriage of bulk cargoes of liquefied gases.

(6) The powers conferred on the Minister by this Chapter are in addition to the powers conferred by any other enactment enabling him or her to prescribe the requirements that ships to which this Chapter applies must comply with.

(7) (a) Subject to paragraph (b), where the liquefied gas carriage rules require that a particular fitting, material, appliance, apparatus, item of equipment or type thereof shall be fitted or carried in a ship to which this section applies, or that any particular provision shall be made, or any procedure or arrangement shall be complied with, the Minister may allow any other fitting, material, appliance, apparatus, item of equipment, or type thereof to be fitted or carried, or any other provision, procedure or arrangement to be made in that ship, if he or she is satisfied, by trial thereof or otherwise, that such fitting, material, appliance, apparatus, item of equipment or type thereof or that any particular provision, procedure or arrangement is at least as effective as that required by the rules.

(b) Paragraph (a) does not allow operational methods or procedures to be made an alternative to a particular fitting, material, appliance, apparatus, item of equipment, or type thereof, unless provided for in the liquefied gas carriage rules.