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10 May 2017
The Department of Merchant Shipping has announced the enactment of the Merchant Shipping (Marine Equipment) Law 2017,(1) which transposes the EU Marine Equipment Directive (2013/52/EC) into national law.(2)
The EU Marine Equipment Directive aims to:
To this end, the directive:
The new Merchant Shipping (Marine Equipment) Law covers equipment placed or intended to be placed on board a Cyprus ship, for which Department of Merchant Shipping approval is required regardless of whether the ship is situated in the European Union when the equipment is installed.
Further, the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works has issued an order(3) under Article 2 of the new law setting out the relevant international conventions that fall within its scope of application – namely:
The term 'international conventions' includes an up-to-date version of the international conventions and protocols ratified by Cyprus together with the relevant codes in force which establish specific approval requirements by the competent authority of equipment to be placed on board ships.
The previously enacted Merchant Shipping (Marine Equipment) Laws 2002 and 2006(4) have been repealed by the new law. However, Article 38 of the new law provides that the Merchant Shipping (Marine Equipment) Order 2016(5) and the Merchant Shipping (Marine Equipment) Notification 2016(6) will remain in force until they are replaced by new subsidiary legislation issued under Article 9 of the new law.
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