Merchant Shipping Act 1954

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1954 c. 18


Merchant Shipping Act, 1954

(2 & 3 Eliz. 2) CHAPTER 18

An Act to amend the law with respect to the deductions to be made for the space occupied by the propelling power in measuring the tonnage of merchant ships in which the tonnage of the space solely occupied by and necessary for the proper working of the boilers and machinery does not exceed thirteen, or in the case of ships propelled by paddle wheels twenty, per cent. of the gross tonnage.

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

S-1 Computation of deduction for space occupied by propelling power.

1 Computation of deduction for space occupied by propelling power.

(1) Where in the case of a ship to which this section applies the space solely occupied by and necessary for the proper working of the boilers and machinery is thirteen per cent. or less of the gross tonnage of the ship, then in ascertaining the registered tonnage of the ship the deduction allowable for that space under section seventy-eight of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894—

(a ) shall be computed in accordance with the next following subsection; but

(b ) shall not be made unless the surveyor of ships is satisfied that the space provided for the working of the boilers and machinery and the ventilation and lighting of that space are adequate.

(2) Subject to the limit imposed by section one of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1907 , the amount of the said deduction shall be as follows, that is to say—

(a ) if the tonnage of the first-mentioned space is thirteen per cent. of the gross tonnage of the ship, the said amount shall be thirty-two per cent. of that gross tonnage;

(b ) if the tonnage of that space is less than thirteen per cent. of the gross tonnage of the ship, the said amount shall be thirty-two per cent. of that gross tonnage proportionately reduced.

(3) In relation to ships propelled by paddle wheels the foregoing provisions of this section shall have effect as if for the references to thirteen and thirty-two per cent. there were substituted respectively references to twenty and thirty-seven per cent.

(4) This section applies—

(a ) to any ship the keel of which is laid after the commencement of this Act; and

(b ) if the owner has made a request in writing to that effect to the Minister of Transport...

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