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Active marine guidance notes (MGNs)

A collection of active marine guidance notes, published by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

MGNs: 000s

MGNs 1 to 99.

  1. MGN 7 Training, certification guidance part 7
  2. MGN 8: Guidance on education and training schemes for seafarers
  3. MGN 12 (F) Fishing vessels operating in submarine exercise areas
  4. MGN 12 (F) Amendment 1: operating in submarine exercise areas
  5. MGN 20 (M+F) Merchant shipping and fishing vessels regulations 1997
  6. MGN 26 (M) High-speed craft training: further guidance
  7. MGN 33 (M+F) Sewage systems: hazards, installation, maintenance
  8. MGN 34 Lifeboat, compression ignition engines emergency
  9. MGN 35 Accidents when using power operated watertight doors
  10. MGN 36 Carrying dangerous goods in packaged or dry bulk form
  11. MGN 37 Merchant shipping regulations: dangerous goods and pollutants
  12. MGN 38 (M+F)Contamination of ships air conditioning by legionella
  13. MGN 50 Manning of pilot boats
  14. MGN 52 Testing emergency sources of electrical power
  15. MGN 60 Code of safe practice for solid bulk cargoes: amendment
  16. MGN 69 Oral examination syllabuses
  17. MGN 70 Guidelines on responsibilities resolution of stowaways
  18. MGN 71 Muster, drill, onboard training, decision support system
  19. MGN 76 Lifejackets carried on passenger ships
  20. MGN 79 Safety, pollution prevention equipment carried in excess
  21. MGN 81 Ship ballast water minimize transfer of harmful organisms
  22. MGN 83 Specifications for hyperbaric evacuation systems
  23. MGN 83a Guidelines specifications hyperbaric evacuation systems
  24. MGN 90 Manual handling regulations 1998

MGNs: 100s

MGNs 100 to 199.

  1. MGN 106 Lifesaving appliances: fibre cordage
  2. MGN 107 Merchant shipping regulations: carriage of cargoes
  3. MGN 108 (M) Hull stress monitoring systems
  4. MGN 111 (M + F) Maintenance of lists of crew ashore
  5. MGN 120 (M) Training and certification guidance part 12
  6. MGN 121 (M) Training and certification guidance part 13
  7. MGN 123 (M + F) Certificates of discharge
  8. MGN 132 (M+F) Electrical equipment, maintenance and incidents
  9. MGN 134 (M+ F) Issue of discharge books to UK seafarers
  10. MGN 137 (M+F) Look-out during periods of darkness and restricted visibility
  11. MGN 141 (M) Man overboard smoke signals parachute flares on class VI passenger vessels
  12. MGN 144 (M) Merchant shipping safety for bulk carriers regulations
  13. MGN 146 (M) Carriage of packaged cargo and cargo units
  14. MGN 147 (M +F) Training in First Aid and Medical Care
  15. MGN 157 (M) Safety: container securing and corrugated bulkheads
  16. MGN 158 (M) SMC: domestic passenger ships of classes III – VI (A)
  17. MGN 164 (M) STCW 95 Part 18: Conversion of Tonnage
  18. MGN 165 (F) Fishing vessels the risk of flooding
  19. MGN 168 (M + F) The marking of seismic streamers
  20. MGN 171 (M) Mandatory surveys ro-ro and HS passenger craft
  21. MGN 175 (M+F) Health & safety regulations Merchant & Fishing Vessels
  22. MGN 177 (M+F) Accidents involving electrical test equipment
  23. MGN 190 (F) Copper pipe failure in engine cooling water systems
  24. MGN 193 (M+F) The effects of alcohol or drugs on survival at sea
  25. MGN 197 (M+F) Implementation of council directive 96/29 euratom
  26. MGN 198 (M) Safety at solid bulk cargo terminals
  27. MGN 199 (M) Dangers of interaction

MGNs: 200s

MGNs 200 to 299.

  1. MGN 203 (M) Crew training for domestic passenger vessels
  2. MGN 210 (M) Advice on the dangers of flooding of forward compartments
  3. MGN 218 (M) Thames safety inquiry recommendation 27.2
  4. MGN 219 Seafarer medicals, a guide for employers and agencies
  5. MGN 223 (M) Carriage of coconut oil and other vegetable oils
  6. MGN 225 (M+F) Radio medical advice for ships at sea
  7. MGN 231 (M+F) Shipboard pollution emergency plans
  8. MGN 242 (M+F) Format and procedures for reporting safety incidents
  9. MGN 245 (M) Inspection of shell loading doors on ro-ro ferries
  10. MGN 248 (M) Safety preparations prior to machinery maintenance
  11. MGN 258 (M+F) Decommissioning of halon systems
  12. MGN 264 (M) Medical fitness requirements
  13. MGN 266 (F) Interpretation of SOLAS chapter 5 for fishing vessels
  14. MGN 267 (F) Location, stowage of liferafts and radio beacons on fishing vessels
  15. MGN 271 (M) The protection of windows and side scuttles
  16. MGN 272 (M) Voyage data recorders: performance testing
  17. MGN 272a (M) Voyage data recorder: performance test certificate
  18. MGN 273 (M) Operational issues relating to marine evacuation systems
  19. MGN 276 (M+F) Maintenance of portable fire extinguishers
  20. MGN 279 (M) Certificate of competency as compass adjuster
  21. MGN 280 (M) Construction standards for small vessels in sport use
  22. MGN 281 (F) Fishing vessel freeboard & stability booklet format
  23. MGN 282(M) Carriage of dangerous goods on offshore supply vessels
  24. MGN 283 (M) Back loading of contaminated bulk liquids
  25. MGN 285 (M+F) Electronic charts operating ECDIS in the RCDS mode
  26. MGN 290 (M) Local passenger vessels - manning
  27. MGN 291 (F) Fishing vessels: fire detection and alarms
  28. MGN 293(M+F) Alternative arrangement for paper chart requirements
  29. MGN 294 (M+F) Use of GMDSS equipment in general communications
  30. MGN 296 (M) Medication at sea
  31. MGN 297 M) Carriage Of defibrillators on ships
  32. MGN 299 (M+F) Inappropriate use of mobile phones whilst on duty
  33. MGN 284 (M+F) Ships carrying fumigated bulk cargoes

MGNs: 300s

MGNs 300 to 399.

  1. MGN 301 (M+F) Manoeuvring information on board ships
  2. MGN 304 (M+F) Shore to ship communications during a distress
  3. MGN 305 (M+F) Barring of INMARSAT ship earth station procedures
  4. MGN 306 (M) Designing and operating smaller passenger vessels
  5. MGN 308 (M+F) Mooring, towing or hauling equipment on all vessels
  6. MGN 309 (F) Fishing vessels: the dangers of enclosed spaces
  7. MGN 310 (F) Fishing vessels: risk of fire, explosion and burning
  8. MGN 311 (F) Working and protective gear for fishermen
  9. MGN 312 (F) Liquid petroleum gas and diesel fuelled appliances.
  10. MGN 313 (F) Keeping a safe navigational watch on fishing vessels
  11. MGN 314 (F) Wheelhouse visibility onboard fishing vessels
  12. MGN 315 (M) Keeping a safe navigational watch on merchant vessels
  13. MGN 316 (F) Re-applying paints and varnishes to interior surfaces
  14. MGN 319 (M+F) Electronic chart plotting systems for small vessels
  15. MGN 321 (M) AIS on double-ended passenger ferries
  16. MGN 322 (M+F) Ship survey standards
  17. MGN 323 (M+F) Explosives picked up at sea
  18. MGN 324 (M+F) Amendment 1 Watchkeeping Safety – VHF Radio & AIS
  19. MGN 325 (M) Helicopter assistance at sea
  20. MGN 327(M) High speed craft dynamic stability research
  21. MGN 328 High-speed craft dynamic stability in following, quartering seas
  22. MGN 330 (M+F) Radio aerial lead-ins
  23. MGN 331 Merchant shipping and fishing vessels: work equipment
  24. MGN 332 Lifting operations, lifting equipment regulations 2006
  25. MGN 335 Bulk carriers guidelines early assessment of hull damage
  26. MGN 338 Fire at sea: risk assessment for the maritime incident response group (MIRG)
  27. MGN 340 IMDG code and cargoes carried in cargo transport units
  28. MGN 341 Ro-ro ships' vehicle decks: accidents and access
  29. MGN 342 Carriage of dangerous goods for sale on UK ferries
  30. MGN 344 Observations from passenger vessel evacuation exercises
  31. MGN 347 Vessels where certificates state a limiting number of passengers
  32. MGN 349 Carriage and use of radar reflectors on small vessels
  33. MGN 352 MS and FV control of noise at work regulations 2007
  34. MGN 354 Safe operation of fixed CO2 gas fire extinguishing systems
  35. MGN 353 MS FV Control of vibration at work regulations 2007
  36. MGN 355 Maintenance of fixed bulk dry powder fire systems
  37. MGN 356 Merchant shipping and fishing vessels health and safety at work carcinogens, mutagens regulations 2007
  38. MGN 357 Night time lookout: photochromic lenses and dark adaptation
  39. MGN 358 CERS reporting requirements for port waste and bulk carrier infringements
  40. MGN 360 Changes to routeing measures in electronic navigational charts (ENCs)
  41. MGN 363 The control and management of ships’ ballast water
  42. MGN 364 Traffic separation schemes rule 10
  43. MGN 365 Human element assessment tool
  44. MGN 366 Off shore pirate broadcasting
  45. MGN 367 Approval fixed fire detection alarm systems balconies
  46. MGN 369 Navigation in restricted visibility
  47. MGN 370 The Dreadnought Medical Service, St Thomas’ Hospital
  48. MGN 372 Guidance to mariners operating in vicinity of UK OREIs
  49. MGN 374 (M+F) Inspection & testing of pressurised gas cylinders
  50. MGN 375 (M+F) Maritime safety information
  51. MGN 377(M+F) Noise at work from music and entertainment
  52. MGN 378(M+F) Provision and use of work equipment regulations 2008
  53. MGN 379 (M+F) Navigation: use of electronic navigation aids
  54. MGN 381 (M+F) Air pollution: survey and certification requirements
  55. MGN 382 (M) Fire protection of balconies and other external areas
  56. MGN 383 (M+F) United States clean water act
  57. MGN 384 (M+F) Maintenance of electronic navigational equipment
  58. MGN 385 (M+F) Pollution by sewage and garbage from ships
  59. MGN 386 (M+F) Prevention of air pollution from merchant shipping
  60. MGN 389 (M+F) Fixed gas fire-extinguishing systems
  61. MGN 392 (M+F) Radio survey service: authorisation
  62. MGN 393 (M+F) Maintenance and use of new technology light sources
  63. MGN 394 (M+F) Local supplier of fuel oil registration
  64. MGN 396 (M+F) Compatibility of life-saving equipment
  65. MGN 398 (M+F) Merchant shipping anti-fouling systems regulations
  66. MGN 399 Prevention of infectious disease at sea by immunisations and medication

MGNs: 400s

MGNs 400 to 499.

  1. MGN 400 (M+F)Additional guidance on air pollution from ships
  2. MGN 401 (M+F) vessel traffic services and local port services in the UK
  3. MGN 401 (M+F) (Amendment 1) vessel traffic services and local port services in UK
  4. MGN 406c Use of barbecues, pig roasts on vessels
  5. MGN 407 Testing fire protection for composite, wood constructions
  6. MGN 408 biological agents regulations
  7. MGN 409 chemical agents regulations
  8. MGN 410 Health and safety: work at height regulations
  9. MGN 411 Certification requirements for crew of fishing vessels, small commercial vessels and large yachts
  10. MGN 413 Voluntary code of practice for employment of non EAA fishing vessel crew
  11. MGN 414 Fishing vessels: management beyond european waters
  12. MGN 415 Fishing vessels: hazards trawling, including beam trawling and scallop dredging
  13. MGN 416 Small commercial vessels operating in foreign waters
  14. MGN 417 (M+F): Companies offering shore-based maintenance of radio equipment
  15. MGN 418 Roll-on/roll-off ships stowage and securing of vehicles
  16. MGN 424 Safety responsibilities on board dive boats
  17. MGN 425 Assessment of risks for those sleeping on dead ships
  18. MGN 426 External access to means of escape
  19. MGN 428 Health and safety: artificial optical radiation regulations
  20. MGN 429 Health and Safety: asbestos regulations
  21. MGN 433 Helicopter aviation inspection bodies
  22. MGN 434 (M+F) Amendment 1 Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) - Training and Certification of VTS Personnel
  23. MGN 435 Declaration of maximum continuous engine power
  24. MGN 436 Reduce effects of shocks and impacts on small vessels
  25. MGN 437 Small commercial vessel codes of practice revision
  26. MGN 438 CERS exemption arrangements under VTM reporting regulations 2004
  27. MGN 439 Survey standards for 24m and over registered length FV
  28. MGN 440 Measures to counter piracy, armed robbery
  29. MGN 441 Changes to MCA’s 2002 SOLAS V publication
  30. MGN 442 Alternative training standards for helicopter operations
  31. MGN 446 control vibration at work regulations 2007 exemptions
  32. MGN 447 MS, FV control of noise at work regulations - exemptions
  33. MGN 449 Excessive harmonic distortion: potential hazards
  34. MGN 451 Risk of exposure to radiation
  35. MGN 452 Potential hazards of arc flash
  36. MGN 453 Fire retardent treatment for large commercial yachts
  37. MGN 454 Chemical agents (amendment) regulations 2012
  38. MGN 455 Support for maritime training scheme-revised arrangements
  39. MGN 457 Oil recovery vessel code alternate arrangements
  40. MGN 459 Directive 2010/36/EU amendments domestic passenger ships
  41. MGN 461 Inland waterways issue of EU vessel identification number
  42. MGN 462 Entry into force of the energy efficiency design index
  43. MGN 464 Life and rescue boat weight increase from water ingress
  44. MGN 465 Annual testing of automatic identification systems (AIS)
  45. MGN 466 The rescue boat code
  46. MGN 468 Voluntary towage endorsement scheme
  47. MGN 469 Safety standards for non-passenger vessels
  48. MGN 470 List of merchant shipping notices, marine guidance notes
  49. MGN 471 Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: definitions (key terms)
  50. MGN 472 Applying for a Substantial Equivalence
  51. MGN 472 (M) (Corrigendum) applying for a substantial equivalence
  52. MGN 474 Retention of Crew Agreements where appropriate
  53. MGN 475 Maritime labour convention: recruitment and Placement
  54. MGN 476 Signing on non MLC-ratified countries' ships
  55. MGN 477 Seafarers' Employment Agreements
  56. MGN 478(M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Seafarer's Wages
  57. MGN 479 (M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Repatriation
  58. MGN 480 Amendment 2 MLC 2006 Ship owners liabilities including seafarer compensation
  59. MGN 482(M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Medical Care
  60. MGN 484 Health and Safety published accident statistics - advice
  61. MGN 485(M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Seafarer Employment Agreements - Application to Trainees
  62. MGN 486 Access to shore-based welfare facilities
  63. MGN 487 Maritime labour convention 2006: on-shore complaints
  64. MGN 490 Amendment 1, maritime labour convention: small vessels
  65. MGN 491 Amendment 1 Maritime labour convention: workboats
  66. MGN 492 Health and safety: those not employed by the ship owner
  67. MGN 493 Asbestos regulations and amendments
  68. MGN 494 Media or organisations using ships and fishing vessels
  69. MGN 495 Certificate of competency tug deck
  70. MGN 496 Certificate of competency for master workboat deck
  71. MGN 497 Storage and use of dangerous goods onboard ship
  72. MGN 498 Operational guidance for towing inflatables

MGNs: 500 to 549

MGNs 500 to 599.

  1. MGN 503 Heel and Roll Test for Fishing Vessel Stability
  2. MGN 504 Maritime passenger rights-role: national enforcement body
  3. MGN 505 (M) Human element guidance - Part 1: Fatigue and fitness
  4. MGN 506 (M) Navigation: Deepsea pilotage
  5. MGN 507 (M+F) (Amendment 1) Oil pollution: Bunker Oil
  6. MGN 508 (M) Oil pollution : liability and compulsory insurance
  7. MGN 510 (M+F) Use of exhaust gas cleaning systems.
  8. MGN 511 (M) - Solid Bulk Cargoes: Amendments 02-13 to (IMSBC)
  9. MGN 512 (M) - Solid bulk cargoes: Cargoes not listed in (IMSBC)
  10. MGN 513 (M) - Solid Bulk Cargoes: Controlling moisture content
  11. MGN 514 (M) Solid Bulk Cargoes: Iron Ore Fines - DSC.1/Circ.71
  12. MGN 515 (M) Special Purpose Ships (SPS) Code - Offshore Vessels
  13. MGN 516 (M) IMO Codes and Guidelines for Offshore Vessels
  14. MGN 517(M) MLC Accommodation: Large Yachts 3000GT to 5000GT
  15. MGN 518 (M) Police Boat Codes, Amendment 3 (PBC3)
  16. MGN 519 (M) Life-saving appliances: Controlled means of descent
  17. MGN 520 (M) Human Element Guidance
  18. MGN 522 (M+F) Health and Safety: New and Expectant Mothers
  19. MGN 524 (M+F) Life-Saving Appliances: Category C Medical Kits
  20. MGN 525 Amendment 1, guidance for providing food and fresh water
  21. MGN 527(M) Tonnage of Multihulls Under 24m Load Line Length
  22. MGN 528 European Social Partner's Agreement
  23. MGN 529 (M + F) Life-saving appliances - immersion suits
  24. MGN 530 (M+F) Radio log book: merchant and fishing vessels
  25. MGN 531 (M) Cargo stowage and securing
  26. MGN 532 (M) Safe movement on board ship
  27. MGN 532 (M) (Corrigendum) Safe movement on board ship
  28. MGN 533 (M) Means of access
  29. MGN 533 (M) (Corrigendum) Means of access
  30. MGN 534 (M+F) Cargo Safety: Verifying gross mass of containers
  31. MGN 535 (M) Small Seagoing Passenger Ship Code
  32. MGN 537 (M): Surveys - Alternative Compliance Scheme
  33. MGN 538 Pleasure vessels - guidance and applicable UK regulations
  34. MGN 539 Carriage of the code of safe working practices
  35. MGN 540 Fitting 'fall preventer devices' to on-load release hooks
  36. MGN 541 Replacement of lifeboat release and retrieval systems
  37. MGN 542 (M) The Hovercraft Code
  38. MGN 543 Offshore Renewable Energy Installations Safety Response
  39. MGN 545 Transportation of dangerous goods (marine)
  40. MGN 546 (M) In Water Surveys
  41. MGN 547 (M) Bauxite - safe carriage by sea
  42. MGN 548 (M+F) Inflatable SOLAS certificated liferafts, lifejackets, marine evacuation systems, and repair of inflated rescue boats

MGN 550 to 599

M GN 550 to 599

  1. MGN 550 Design, Installation, Operation of Lithium-ion Batteries
  2. MGN 552 Cargo - safe stowage of specialised vehicles
  3. MGN 555 Service providers for lifeboats, rigid rescue boats
  4. MGN 556 (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 2001
  5. MGN 553 Inflatable Non-SOLAS Liferafts and life-saving appliances
  6. MGN 560 Servicing, testing, drilling of Lifeboats, Rescue boats
  7. MGN 559 Electromagnetic fields (EMFs), seafarer health and safety
  8. MGN 558 Marine Evacuation Systems (MES): Servicing and Deployments
  9. MGN 557 Marine Equipment Directive - Strategy and Reporting
  10. MGN 554 Marine Equipment Directive UK Applicant Notfied Bodies
  11. MGN 563 Port Waste Reception Facilities and management planning
  12. MGN 562 (M+F) Amendment 1 Radio Regulations & GMDSS Radio Updates
  13. MGN 561 (M) Surveys - Enhanced Authorisation Scheme
  14. MGN 568 Surveys - Alternative Compliance Scheme
  15. MGN 576 Guidance for undertaking fumigation operations alongside
  16. MGN 564: marine casualty and marine incident reporting
  17. MGN 570 (F) Fishing Vessels: Emergency Drills
  18. MGN 571 (F) Fishing vessels: prevention of man overboard
  19. MGN 578 (M) Overside working on vessels
  20. MGN 577 (M+F) Maintenance lists of crew ashore
  21. MGN 572 (M) Safety Rules and Standards for Seagoing Domestic Passenger Ships
  22. MGN 579 (M) Load line convention regulations 2018
  23. MGN 581 (F) FISHING VESSELS: Registration Surveys for Fishing Vessels of less 15m built before 16 July 2007
  24. MGN 590 STCW Manila amendments alcohol limits
  25. MGN 593 Health and safety chemical agents regulations 2010 amended
  26. MGN 591 Safe means of access of fishing vessels and small vessels in ports
  27. MGN 592 Mooring, towing or hauling equipment on all vessels
Published 6 May 2014
Last updated 17 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added MGN 543 to collection
  2. MGN 570 and MGN 581 added
  3. Updated to include, MGN 591 Safe means of access to fishing vessels and small vessels in ports and MGN 592 Mooring, towing or hauling equipment on all vessels: safe installation and safe operation
  4. Updated to include MGN 593 Health and safety chemical agents regulations 2010 amended
  5. Updated to include MGN 480 (M) Amendment 2 MLC 2006 Ship owners liabilities and seafarer compensation
  6. Updated to include MGN 590 (M+F) STCW Manila amendments alcohol limits
  7. MGN 572 added to list
  8. MGN 579 added
  9. Updated to include - MGN 577 Overside working on vessels and MGN 578 Maintenance of lists of crew ashore
  10. Addition of mgn 570 & mgn 571
  11. Updated M notices
  12. MGN 324 Amendment 1 Watchkeeping Safety - VHF Radio & AIS, MGN 562 Amendment 1 Radio Regulations and GMDSS Radio Equipment Updates
  13. MGN 562 & MGN 563 added to list.
  14. Updated MGN 566 (M+F) STCW Manila Amendments: Medical Certification, Hours of Work and Alcohol Limits
  15. MGN 565 (M) (Corrigendum) Manila Amendments: Medical Certification, Hours of Work and Alcohol Limits for Seafarers
  16. MGN 565 STCW Manila Amendments: Medical Certification, Hours of Work and Alcohol Limits
  17. MGN 520 (M) added to list
  18. Two new MGN uploaded (MGN 554 & 557)
  19. MGN 559 (M +F) added
  20. MGN 472 (M) Corrigendum added
  21. MGN 556 added
  22. Included MGN 547 & MGN 552
  23. MGN 542 uploaded
  24. MGN 472 - MLC 2006; Guidance on the procedure for applying for a Substantial Equivalence.
  25. MGN 540 and MGN 541 uploaded
  26. Update MGN 539 (M) Carriage of the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers
  27. Update MGN 536 (M) Safety Management Code For Domestic Passenger Ships
  28. MGN 477(M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Seafarers' Employment Agreements
  29. MGN 530 (M+F) Radio Log Book: Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels.
  30. MGN 219 (M) added & MGN 219c removed
  31. MGN 532 (M) & MGN 532 (M) Corrigendum MGN 533 (M) & MGN 533 (M) Corrigendum
  32. MGN 510 and MGN 529 uploaded
  33. MGN 532 (M) Safe movenent on board ship & MGN 533 Means of access - amendments in progress.
  34. New MGN 531 (M) Cargo stowage and securing
  35. Addition MGN 532 (M) Safe movement on board ship MGN 533 (M) Means of Access
  36. MGN 473 added to the collection 30/12/2014
  37. MGN 490,491, 525 and 528 added
  38. MGN 527(M) added 05 11 14
  39. MGN 470 added (29 10 14)
  40. MGN 524(M&F) added 07.10.14
  41. MGN 519(M) Life-Saving Appliances - Controlled Means of Descent at Embarkation Stations - Replacement for Embarkation Ladders and Access to Remotely Located Liferafts added on 30 September 2014
  42. Collection edited
  43. MGN 522 (M&F) added 4 September 2014
  44. MGN 518(M) added (14/08/14)
  45. MGN 481(M) added (13/08/14)
  46. MGN 515 & MGN 516 added (31/07/14)
  47. MGN 517(M) MLC Substantially equivalent accommodation standards for Large Commercial Yachts of 3000 GT to less than 5000 GT now added
  48. MGN 475 added 22/07/14
  49. MGNs relating to MLC added (16/07/14)
  50. MGN 511(M), MGN 512(M), MGN 513(M) & MGN 514(M) added
  51. First published.