Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Regulations 1993

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 1993/3138

1993No. 3138



The Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships)

Regulations 1993




The Secretary of State for Transport, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by sections 2, 3, 5(2), 7(5), 9(5) of, and Schedule 1 to, the Merchant Shipping (Registration, etc.) Act 1993 ( a) and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf hereby makes the following Regulations:-



Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.-(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Regulations 1993 and shall come into force on 21st March 1994.

(2) In these Regulations unless the context otherwise requires:-

"the Act" means the Merchant Shipping (Registration, etc.) Act 1993;

"application for registration" includes, except where otherwise stated, application for registration of a ship or share in a ship; application for registration of a small ship; application for re-registration of the same; and application for the registration of a transfer or transmission of a ship or a share in a ship; but not application for the renewal of registration;

"appropriate person" means in relation to a port in a country outside the British Islands:-

(a) any British consular officer within whose consular district the port lies; or

(b) where Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom is represented in that country by a High Commissioner, any member of the High Commissioner's official staff nominated by him for the purposes of these Regulations; or

(c) where that country is a colony, the Governor of the colony or any person appointed by him for those purposes;

and in this definition "High Commissioner" includes an acting High Commissioner and "Governor" includes an acting Governor;

(a) 1993 c.22.

"appropriate attestation" means attestation in a form approved by the Secretary of State;

"authorised measurer" means the Secretary of State or any person authorised under the Merchant Shipping (Tonnage) Regulations 1982 ( a) the Merchant Shipping (Fishing Vessels-Tonnage) Regulations 1988 ( b) to carry out the measurement of ships for the purposes of those Regulations;

"bareboat charter ship" means a ship registered under section 7 of that Act;

"beneficial ownership" shall be determined by reference to every beneficial interest in that vessel, however arising (whether held by trustee or nominee or arising under a contract or otherwise), other than an interest held by any person as mortgagee;

"builders certificate" means a certificate signed by the builder of the ship and containing a true account of the proper denomination and of the tonnage of the ship, as estimated by him, and of the date and place where it was built, and of the name of the person, if any, for whom the ship was built, or the name of the person to whom it was delivered;

"certificate of registry" means a certificate of registration which is issued to a ship which is registered under the Act and includes a certificate of bareboat charter unless the context otherwise requires;

"certificate of bareboat charter" means a certificate of registration issued to a ship which is registered under section 7 of the Act;

"classification society" means a person authorised to act as a `Certifying Authority' for the purposes of the Merchant Shipping (Tonnage) Regulations 1982;

"closure transcript" means a certified extract from the register showing that the entry in the register in respect of a ship has been closed, the date of its closure, and the details about the ship and its ownership at the time of closure;

"declaration of eligibility" means a declaration which complies with the provisions of regulation 22(1);

"fishing vessel" means a vessel within the meaning of paragraph 2(1)(c) of Schedule 4 to the Act;

"freeze" means to prevent any entry (which includes a deletion of an entry) being made in the Register;

"identifying number" means the unique identifying number allocated to a bareboat charter ship on its registration on the primary register or, in the absence of such a number, the number allocated under regulation 79(3);

"inspector of marks" means an authorised measurer or any person authorised by the Secretary of State to verify the carving and marking of a ship under these Regulations;

"local office" means an office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, The Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department or the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland, listed in the list published by the Department of Transport and entitled `List of Local Offices for Fishing Vessel Registration';

"overall length" for ships to be registered on Part III of the Register means the distance between the foreside of the foremost fixed permanent structure and the aftside of the aftermost fixed permanent structure;

"owner" means, in relation to a ship or share in a ship, the person owning the ship, or as the case may be, a share in the ship, whether or not registered as owner;

"pleasure vessel" means a pleasure vessel as defined in regulation 3 of the Merchant Shipping (Vessels in Commercial Use for Sport or Pleasure) Regulations 1993 ( c);

"port letters and numbers" means in relation to a fishing vessel the letters for the port of choice and the number within that port allocated to the vessel under regulation 31;

"port of choice" means a port listed in Schedule 2 which an owner chooses as a port to be marked on his ship;

"primary register" means the register on which the ship is registered at the time the application is made to register the ship as a bareboat charter ship;

(a) S.I. 1982/841.

(b) S.I. 1988/1909.

(c) S.I. 1993/1072.

"the Register" means the Register of British ships established under section 1 of the Act;

"the Registrar" means the person described as "the registrar" in section 9(2) of the Act;

"representation" means probate, administration, confirmation, or other instrument constituting a person the executor, administrator or other legal representative of a deceased person, including a certificate of confirmation relating to a vessel;

"salmon coble" means a vessel under 10 metres in overall length used for fishing for profit only in connection with the private rights of fishing for salmon or migratory trout;

"ship" includes a fishing vessel but does not include a small ship or a bareboat charter ship except for the purposes of Part XII (Miscellaneous) and Part XIII (Offences);

"small ship" means a ship which is less than 24 metres in overall length and is, or is applying to be, registered under Part XI;

"submersible vessel" means any vessel used or designed to be used under the surface of any waters;

"surveyor of ships" means a marine surveyor nominated by the Secretary of State to undertake the surveys required by these Regulations and includes any marine surveyor of the Department of Transport,

"transfer of a ship" includes, except where the context otherwise requires, transfer of a share in a ship.



The Register

2.-(1) The Register maintained by the Registrar in accordance with section 1(1) and (2) of the Act shall be divided into the following parts:-

(a) Part I for ships, owned by persons qualified in accordance with these regulations, which are not:

(i) fishing vessels, or

(ii) registered on that Part which is restricted to small ships,

(b) Part II for fishing vessels,

(c) Part III for small ships, and

(d) Part IV for ships which are registered under section 7 of the Act (`bareboat charter ships').

(2) The Register may consist of both paper and computerised records and such other records as the Secretary of State may consider to be expedient.

(3) Any person shall be entitled on application to the Registrar to obtain a transcript, certified by an authorised officer, of the entries in the Register.

(4) During the official opening hours of the General Registry of Shipping and Seamen any person shall be entitled on request to inspect the entries in the Register.

(5) Entries in the Register shall be made in accordance with the following provisions:-

(a) the property in a ship shall be divided into sixty-four shares;

(b) subject to the provisions of the Act and these Regulations with respect to joint owners or owners by transmission, not more than sixty-four persons shall be entitled to be registered at the same time as owners of any one ship. This rule shall not affect the beneficial title of any persons represented by or claiming under or through any registered owner or joint owner;

(c) a person shall not be entitled to be registered as owner of a part of a share; but any number of persons not exceeding five may be registered as joint owners of a ship or of any share or shares in a ship;

(d) joint owners shall be considered as constituting one person only as regards thepersons entitled to be registered, and shall not be entitled to dispose in severalty of any interest in a ship, or in any share in a ship in respect of which they are registered

(6) The Registrar shall be entitled to amend the Register where:-

(a) a clerical error has occurred, or

(b) sufficient evidence is produced to satisfy him that the entry is incorrect,

and on making the amendment he shall issue a new certificate of registry if necessary.

Registration of fishing vessels to be of two kinds

3. Registration on Part II of the Register shall be of two kinds:-

(a) registration of vessels to which the provisions of Schedule 1 to the Act relating to transfers by bill of sale and the registration of mortgages do not apply (hereinafter called "simple registration"), and

(b) registration of vessels to which those provisions do apply (hereinafter called "full registration").

Fishing vessels changing from full registration to simple registration subject to conditions

4. A fishing vessel which has once been registered with full registration shall not thereafter be registered with simple registration...

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