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This consultation concerns proposed changes to the small passenger ship bridge visibility requirements (which are currently implemented via Merchant Shipping (Bridge Visibility) (Small Passenger Ships) Regulations 2005, Statutory Instrument (SI) 2005/2286). These changes are necessary to address:-
- a regulatory lacuna that exists for vessels with a registered length of 45m or more
- a perceived lack of clarity within the definition of enclosed passenger deck and the use of visual aids when determining sight lines
The changes will be implemented through a new SI which will revoke and replace the 2005 Regulations. We would be grateful for your views on the proposed amendments and also whether the proposed changes will have any impact on your business. Further details are outlined in the attached consultation letter. Please note that the regulations do not apply on non-tidal waters.