Regulation

There is a lot of legislation concerning ships, much of it concerned with safety matters and the subject of international agreements. For a given ship the application of this legislation is the responsibility of the government of the country in which the ship is registered. In the United Kingdom it is the concern of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), an executive agency of the Department for Transport (DfT) responsible to the Secretary of State for Transport. The MCA was established in 1998 by merging the Coastguard and Marine Safety Agencies. It is responsible for:

(1) providing a 24 hour maritime search and rescue service;

(2) the inspection and enforcement of standards of ships;

(3) the registration of ships and seafarers;

(4) pollution prevention and response.

It aims to promote high standards in the above areas and to reduce the loss of life and pollution. Some of the survey and certification work has been delegated to classification societies and other recognised bodies.

Some of the matters that are regulated in this way are touched upon in other chapters, including subdivision of ships, carriage of grain and dangerous cargoes. Tonnage measurement has been discussed above. The other major area of regulation is the freeboard demanded and this is covered by the Load Line Regulations.

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.

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