Proposed amendments to Merchant Shipping Act 1995

Closed 22 Aug 2017

Opened 11 Jul 2017

Feedback Updated 18 Jan 2018

We Asked

For feedback on proposed amendments to the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 (an Act of Parliament) as it is applied to the Island.  The amendments implement the new higher limits of liability under the Convention on Limitation of Maritime Claims (LLMC), exclude a ship owners right to limit liability under the LLMC for wreck removal and make other minor amendments.

You Said

There were 4 responses to the consultation, 3 of which made substantive comments on the proposed changes. Respondents were content with the proposals to implement the new higher limits of liability under the LLMC Convention but raised issues with the other proposals to exclude a shipowners right to limit liability under the LLMC for wreck removal and to some of the other minor changes.

We Did

We intend to proceed with the proposed amendments to the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 to implement the new higher limits of liability under the LLMC but are currently considering if to proceed with the other proposed amendments.  

Overview

Consultation on proposed amendments to the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 (an Act of Parliament) as it is applied to the Island.

The main amendments are to the sections of the Act which implement the Convention on Limitation of Maritime Claims 1976 as amended by the 1996 Protocol (LLMC).

There are two main proposals: 

  • To implement the new higher limits of liability under LLMC which came into effect internationally on 8 June 2015
  • To exclude shipowners right to limit liability under LLMC for wreck removal

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Elected members - MHKs
  • Business owner
  • Other non-resident - business interests

Interests

  • Legislation
  • Shipping