Merchant Shipping (Safety Convention) Act, 1952

Rules for direction-finders.

18.—(1) The Minister may make rules (in this Act referred to as rules for direction-finders) requiring ships to which this section applies to be provided with a direction-finder of such a nature as may be prescribed by the rules.

(2) This section applies to ships registered in the State and to other ships while they are within any port in the State, being, in each case, ships of sixteen hundred tons gross tonnage or upwards.

(3) The said rules shall include such requirements as appear to the Minister to implement the provisions of the Safety Convention relating to direction-finders.

(4) Without prejudice to the generality of the preceding provisions of this section, rules under this section may provide for the position of the direction-finder in the ship, for the communication between the direction-finder and the bridge, for testing the direction-finder at intervals and as occasion may require and for recording the result of the tests.

(5) If any of the said rules is not complied with in relation to any ship, the owner or master of the ship shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds.