HC Deb 03 July 1987 vol 118 cc181-2W
Mr. Tony Lloyd

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give details of the regulations with which an operator is required to conform in operating a cross-Channel ferry.

Mr. David Mitchell

Operators of cross-channel ferries have to comply with those regulations, contained in international conventions, applicable to passenger ships engaged on short international voyages (that is, international voyages in the course of which a ship is not more than 200 miles from a port or place in which the passengers and crew could be placed in safety).

The principal international conventions relating to safety include—

The 1974 Solas Convention and the 1978 protocol relating thereto incorporating the 1981 and 1983 amendments.

The relevant chapters are:—

Chapter I —General Provisions
Chapter II-1 —Construction—Subdivision and stability, machinery and electrical installations.
Chapter II-2 —Construction—Fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction
Chapter III —Life-saving appliances and arrangements
Chapter IV —Radio and radiotelephony
Chapter V —Safety of navigation
Chapter VII —Carriage of dangerous goods;

The International Convention on Load Lines, 1966;

The Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 and the 1981 amendments relating thereto:

The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978.

The requirements of these international conventions are normally incorporated in the national legislation of the flag state administration. For the United Kingdom, the principal statutory instruments relating to safe operation of cross-channel ferries are:

Title of Merchant Shipping Statutory Instrument S.I. number(s)
MS (Certification of Deck Officers) Regulations 1985/1306
MS (Certification of Marine Engineer Officers) Regulations 1980/2025
MS (Certification of Competency as AB) Regulations 1970/ 294
MS (Official Log Books) Regulations 1981/ 569
MS (Official Log Books) (Amendment) Regulations 1985/1828
MS (Medical Examination) (Amendment) Regulations 1985/ 512
MS (Dangerous Goods) Regulations 1981/1747
MS (Dangerous Goods) (Amendment) Regulations 1986/1069
MS (Life-Saving Appliances) Regulations 1980/ 538
MS (Life-Saving Appliances) (Amendment) Regulations 1981/ 577
MS (Musters and Training) Regulations 1986/1071
MS (Musters) (Amendment) Regulations 1981/ 578
MS (Passenger Ship Classification) Regulations 1981/1472
MS (Fire Appliances) Regulations 1980/ 544
MS (Fire Appliances) (Amendment) Regulations 1985/1194
1981/ 574
MS (Fire Protection) Regulations 1984/1218
MS (Fire Protection) (Amendment) Regulations 1985/1193
MS (Fire Protection and Fire Appliances) (Amendment) Regulations 1986/1070
MS (Load Line) Rules 1968/1053
MS (Carriage of Nautical Publications) Rules 1975/ 700
MS (Signals of Distress) Rules 1977/1010
MS (Distress Signals and Prevention of Collisions) Regulations 1983/ 708
MS (Automatic Pilot and Testing of Steering Gear) Regulations 1981/ 571
MS (Code of Safe Working Practices) Regulations 1980/ 686
MS (Means of Access) Regulations 1981/1729
MS (Safety Officials and Reporting of Accident and Dangerous Occurrences) Regulations 1982/ 876
MS (Safety Officials and Reporting of Accident and Dangerous Occurrences) (Amendment) Regulations 1984/ 93
MS (Health and Safety: General Duties) Regulations 1984/ 408
MS (Radio Installations) Regulations 1980/ 529
MS (Radio Installations) (Amendment) Regulations 1981/ 582
1984/ 346
MS (Navigational Equipment) Regulations 1980/ 530
MS (Navigational Equipment) (Amendment) 1981/ 579
Regulations 1985/ 659
MS (Radio Installations Survey) Regulations 1981/ 583
Anchors and Chain Cables Rules 1970/1453
MS (Passenger Ship Construction) Regulations 1980/ 535
MS (Passenger Ship Construction) (Amendment) Regulations 1981/ 580
1985/ 660
MS (Passenger Ship Construction and Survey) Regulations 1984/1216
MS (Application of Construction and Survey Regulations to Other Ships) Regulations 1985/ 661
MS (Passenger Ship Construction) (New and Existing Ships) (Amendment) Regulations 1986/1074
MS (Closing of Openings in Hulls and in Watertight Bulkheads) Regulations 1980/ 540

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