Annex 2- Table of Requirements for Ships
By virtue of the MS (Safety of Navigation) Regulations 2002, the Regulations in Chapter V of SOLAS will generally apply to all UK ships wherever they may be, and to all foreign flagged ships when in UK waters.  However, this is subject to some exceptions, as set out in the table below. This table also shows that in some cases the Regulations in Chapter V will also apply to hovercraft.

CH.V REG.NO.

ADMIN’S DISCRETION ALLOWED

PARAGRAPHS APPLYING TO SHIPS

UK SHIPS TO WHICH REGULATION DOES NOT APPLY 

SI REF: REG. NO.

SUBJECT

NOTES

1

       

Application

 

2

       

Definitions

 

3

       

Exemptions

 

4

       

Navigation warnings

 

5

       

Meteorological Services

 

6

       

N.Atlantic Ice Patrol

 

7

 

3

All ships other than passenger ships 

5(2)

SAR

 

8

       

Lifesaving signals

 

9

       

Hydrographic services

 

10

 

7

 

5(2)

Ships routeing

All ships to use routeing systems as specified for type and size

11

 

7

 

5(2)

Ship reporting

All ships to comply with reporting schemes as required

12

       

VTS

 

13

       

Aids to navigation

 

14

       

Manning

 

15

Yes

     

Bridge design

 

16

Yes

     

Maintenance

 

17

Yes

2&3

 

5(2)

EMC

Proper installation of equipment and precautions when using portable electrical equipment

18

Yes

1,2,3,7&8

Ships < 150gt on any voyage

4(3), 5(2)

Type approval
Testing of VDR

 

19

Yes

ALL

UK Class V,

UK ships which are neither seagoing nor passenger ships

New ships of Class A,B,C,D

Fishing vessels

HSC Code vessels

Existing ships of Class A, B, C or D, of 24 metres or over, on domestic voyages, are subject to phase out.

4(4), 5(2)

4(5)

All Nav. Equipment

Existing ships can continue to comply with the old Chapter V requirements except for GNSS and AIS (see Reg.V/19.1.2)

See also Reg. 4(1) of SI 2000/2687 for requirements for existing ships of Class A,B,C and D

2.1.1-2.1.6, 2.1.8 & 2.1. 9

Pleasure vessels <150gt on any voyage

4(6)

All Nav. equipment EXCEPT Radar reflector

All ships <150gt to carry radar reflector where practicable

2.4

Ships < 300gt on any voyage

Ships < 500gt on non-international voyages

UK passenger ships which are not seagoing OR which are <300gt and Not on Int. voyages. (PHASE-IN)

4(7)

AIS

See implementation timetable in Reg.V/19.2.4

20

Yes

1

Ships which are not on international voyages except some Ro-Ro and high speed passenger craft (see Annex  10 for details)

Non-passenger ships <3000gt

(PHASE IN)

5(2)

VDR

S-VDR

See implementation timetables in Reg.V/20.1 and V/20.2 and Administration’s discretion for existing ships in 20.3

21

Yes

ALL

Ships which are not required to carry radio equipment (Int. Code of Signals)

FVs of 24m or less and any other vessel 150gt or less on any voyage. (IAMSAR III)

5(2)

Int.Code of Signals

IAMSAR Code vol.III

See SI 1999/3210 - MS (Radio) (Fishing vessel) Regs 1999 and

SI 1998/2070 MS (Radio Installation) Regs. 1998

22

Yes

ALL

Ships, including hovercraft, of less than 45 metres in length

4(8), 5(2)

Bridge visibility

 

23

Yes

ALL

Ships <150 gt on any voyage

Ships <500 gt not on int. voyages

Fishing vessels

4(9), 5(2)

Pilot boarding arrangements

BUT must comply on ships when a pilot is likely to be employed

24

Yes

ALL

Non-seagoing ships

Pleasure vessels <150 gt

4(10), 5(2)

Heading / track control

 

25

Yes

ALL

Non-seagoing ships

Pleasure vessels <150 gt

4(10), 5(2)

Steering gear power

 

26

Yes

ALL

Non-seagoing ships

Pleasure vessels <150 gt

4(10), 5(2)

Steering gear testing

 

1&2

Ships on regular short routes

5(2), 7(7)

 

Exemptions for ferries

27

Yes

ALL

Pleasure vessels <150 gt

5(2)

Charts & publications

 

28

Yes

ALL

Ships not on international voyages

Pleasure vessels <150 gt

5(2)

Nav. Events records

 

29

 

ALL

 

5(2)

Lifesaving signals

Applies to ALL ships and persons in distress– no discretion given to Administrations

30

 

ALL

Ships other than passenger ships to which Chapter I applies

5(2)

Operational lims.

31

 

1&4

 

5(2)

Danger messages

 

32

 

1,2,4&5

 

5(2)

Danger message- info

 

33

 

1&2

 

5(2)

Distress messages

All ships to respond to distress signals or messages

34

 

 ALL

Ships which do not go to sea

4(8), 5(2)

Safe navigation

All ships proceeding to sea must have a passage plan

34.1   ALL Master's discretion Master's discretion in decision making not to be compromised

35

 

ALL

   

Misuse of distress signals

Applies to anyone.  However, this matter is covered by the Collision Regulations rather than by the Safety of Navigation Regulations.

 


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