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Merchant Shipping (High Speed Craft) Regulations 2022

Published on: 05 May 2022

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Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport) issues Written Ministerial Statement on new legislation.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport) Robert Courts has published a Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) on the Merchant Shipping (High Speed Craft) Regulations 2022, along with an accompanying draft Explanatory Memorandum. 

The draft Regulations revoke and replace the Merchant Shipping (High Speed Craft) Regulations 2004 (SI 2004/302) and the instruments that amend them and implement the most up to date requirements of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (‘the Convention’), relating to safety measures for high speed craft.

The draft Regulations are being published for 28 days. Following the conclusion of this period, and once any observations on the draft Regulations have been taken into account, they will be laid for approval by each House of Parliament. This procedure is required under paragraph 14 of Schedule 8 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 because these Regulations revoke an instrument, the Merchant Shipping (High Speed Craft) Regulations 2004, that was made under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972. Further details are contained in the Annex to the draft Explanatory Memorandum.

The full WMS can be found here.  The WMS includes a link at the bottom to the draft regulations, the accompanying draft Explanatory Memorandum and the Impact Assessment.