This MGN provides guidance and clarification on the Merchant Shipping (International Load Line Convention) (Amendment) Regulations 2018, SI 2018/155 (“the 2018 Regulations”), which implement the International Convention on Load Lines 1966 and its Protocol of 1988 in their most recently amended form into UK law. The Convention and Protocol should be read in conjunction with the updated international text contained in Annexes I, II and III of the Convention/Protocol and which may be found in Marine Information Note (MIN) 560(M). MIN 560(M) may be withdrawn in due course when the amendments become available on UK Treaties online.
This MGN deals only with the international load line requirements, i.e., for ships covered by the Convention and/or Protocol. Future amendments to the international requirements in Annexes I, II and III will be incorporated into UK law by way of ambulatory reference. For non-Convention/Protocol ships, the Merchant Shipping (Load Line) Regulations 1998 (“the 1998 Regulations”) will continue to apply.
Contents of this MGN:
2. Clarification and Guidance
3. Guide on Unified Interpretations and Unified Requirements applicable to Load Line
A. Table of Guidance on international Convention/ Protocol text
B. Stability Information
C. Draft of Water and Freeboard Notice
D. Record of Conditions of Assignment
Notice to all Shipowners, Masters, Assigning Authorities and Surveyors
This notice should be read with the Merchant Shipping (International Load Line Convention) (Amendment) Regulations 2018