S.I. No. 138/1997 - Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) Order, 1997

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S.I. No. 138/1997 - Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) Order, 1997
S.I. No. 138/1997:

MERCHANT SHIPPING (LIGHT DUES) ORDER, 1997
MERCHANT SHIPPING (LIGHT DUES) ORDER, 1997
I, SEÁN BARRETT, Minister for the Marine, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 2 of the Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) Act, 1983 (No. 18 of 1983), and the Communications (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order, 1987 ( S.I. No. 91 of 1987 ), hereby order as follows:
1. (1) This Order may be cited as the Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) Order, 1997.
(2) This Order shall come into operation on the 1st day of April, 1997.
2. The Merchant Shipping (Mercantile Marine Fund) Act, 1898, is hereby amended by the substitution for the Second Schedule (inserted by the Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) Order, 1991 ( S.I. No. 90 of 1991 ), as amended by the Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) (No. 2) Order, 1991 ( S.I. No. 229 of 1991 ), the Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) Order, 1992 ( S.I. No. 60 of 1992 ) and by the Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) Order, 1995 ( S.I. No. 71 of 1995 )) of the following Schedule:
"SECOND SCHEDULE
LIGHT DUES
PART I
SCALE OF PAYMENTS
Payments per voyage
1. (1) Subject to a minimum charge of £60 per voyage and to paragraph 1 (2) below, ships, other than those liable to periodical payments, shall be liable to a charge per voyage of 41 pence per ton.
(2) Where a ship has paid dues under paragraph 1 (1) in respect of a voyage it shall not be required to pay dues in respect of any subsequent voyage in any period of one month commencing with the last preceding relevant date.
(3) ( a ) For this purpose subject to subparagraph (b) below the relevant date means the date on which a ship arrives at or departs from a port or place on a voyage in respect of which light dues were paid or payable. In the case of coastwise voyage, the date of arrival shall determine the relevant date.
( b ) There shall be no relevant date before the 1st of April, 1997.
(4) In any year commencing on 1st April, a ship shall not be required to make payments on account of light dues for more than 7 voyages in total.
(5) A voyage of a ship shall be reckoned from port to port and a voyage which begins and ends at the same port without a call being made at any other port shall count as a single voyage.
(6) A dues payment on account of light dues made under paragraph 1 (1) in any year shall not entitle the ship to—
( a ) any exemption from dues in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 1 (2), or
( b ) any limitation of liability for dues in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 1 (4),
beyond 30th April in the following year.
Periodical payments
2. In place of payments per voyage, there shall be the following periodical payments for the classes of ships mentioned below:
Tugs
(1) Either—
( a ) an annual payment per ship of £202 plus a payment of £21 for each metre of length in excess of 10 metres; or
( b ) two equal payments per ship of £114 plus payment of £12 for each metre in length in excess of 10 metres in respect of each of the six month periods commencing respectively on 1st April and 1st October.
(2) The annual payment for a new or newly registered tug shall be one twelfth of the appropriate annual rate in paragraph 2 (1) (a) above for each month, or part of a month, of the year during which it is so registered, after the date of its first or new registration, subject to a minimum payment of £60.
(3) Where a tug (other than one covered by paragraph 2 (2) is not registered for a continuous period of more than three months the annual payment shall be one twelfth of the appropriate annual rate in paragraph 2 (1) (a) of the scale for each month, or part of a month, of the year during which it is so registered, subject to a minimum payment of £60.
Pleasure craft
(4) An annual payment of £77, except that in the case of a pleasure craft which the general lighthouse authority is satisfied is ordinarily kept or used outside the State, Great Britain, Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man, the payment shall be £26 for each period of 30 days in respect of any visit, subject to the total payment in any year for such visit or visits not exceeding the annual payment; any period of such visit comprising less than 30 days is to count as a 30 day period in such a visit.
(5) A new or newly registered pleasure craft shall pay £26 for each month or part of a month of the light dues year remaining, subject to such payment not exceeding the annual payment.
PART II
Rules
1. Dues payable under paragraph 1 of Part I of this Schedule and the payments referred to in Rule 4 below shall be tendered at the port where the liability arises except as the general lighthouse authority otherwise allows.
2. ( a ) The payments under paragraph 2 of Part I of this Schedule (other than those referred to in paragraph 2 (1) (b) of Part I of this Schedule and in Rule 4 below) shall be payable within 28 days after service of an invoice for the amount of the payment by the general lighthouse authority or its authorised collector.
( b ) The general lighthouse authority or its authorised collector may serve the invoice by post, and the said invoice shall be treated as duly served if served on any one of the registered owners appearing in the register at the commencement of the period to which the invoice relates or on a consignee or agent within the meaning of section 649 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894. An invoice shall be deemed to be properly addressed to a registered owner if it is addressed to him at the address for the time being recorded in relation to him in the register.
3. When issuing an invoice in respect of a tug the general lighthouse authority or its authorised collector shall inform the recipient of his right to elect to make payment by means of two equal payments under paragraph 2 (1) (b) of Part I of this Schedule. Where the recipient makes a payment of the appropriate amount under the said subparagraph (b) within 28 days of the service of the invoice that subparagraph shall apply, otherwise he shall be liable to pay in accordance with Rule 2 above. If the recipient makes such a payment in respect of the period from 1st April in accordance with the said subparagraph (b) the remaining payment shall be payable within 28 days of the 1st of October.
4. ( a ) Any payment in respect of a visit as is referred to in paragraph 2 (4) of Part I of this Schedule shall be payable at the commencement of the period in respect of which it is due.
( b ) Any payment under paragraph 2 (1) (a) or (b) of Part I of this Schedule in respect of a tug which the general lighthouse authority is satisfied is ordinarily registered and kept outside the State, Great Britain, Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man shall be payable at the commencement of the first visit in the period to which it relates by the ship to a port in the State.
5. For the purposes of this Schedule—
( a ) a ship's tonnage shall be its net tonnage assessed in accordance with the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969, done at London on the 23rd day of June, 1969, and entered on its International Tonnage Certificate (1969) or, if this certificate is not available for any reason, the ship's gross registered tonnage or, in the case of an unregistered ship or a ship measured only by length, the tonnage reckoned in accordance with the Thames Measurement adopted by Lloyds Register;
( b ) a year shall be reckoned from 1st April; a month means a calendar month except in paragraph I of Part I of this Schedule where it means a month commencing with the relevant date;
( c ) in calculating any payment of light dues where the ship's tonnage is not a multiple of one ton any excess not exceeding half a ton shall be rounded down and any excess over half a ton shall be rounded up to the nearest ton:
( d ) "length" in relation to a tug means the registered length shown in the ship's certificate of registry and in relation to such a ship having no registered length, means the length which would be the registered length if the ship were registered under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, provided that in calculating any payment of light dues where a tug's length is not a multiple of one metre, any excess not exceeding half a metre shall be rounded down and any excess over half a metre shall be rounded up to the nearest such metre except in the case of a ship with a length of less than 10 metres;
( e ) "pleasure craft" includes a pleasure yacht and means a vessel primarily used for sport or private recreation, and not engaged in any revenue earning or commercial activity or service.
6. Any ship (including a pleasure craft) subject to a periodical charge which is declared a total loss during a period for which it has paid or is liable to pay light dues, shall be deemed not to be liable to such dues from the last day of the month in which the said loss occurs; and such liability shall he reassessed on the proportion of the period prior to that date in accordance with paragraph 2 (3) of Part I of this Schedule.
PART III
Exemptions
The following ships or vessels shall be exempted from dues under this Schedule—
(1) Ships belonging to the Government or to a Minister of the Government or to a Sovereign foreign Government unless carrying cargo or passengers for freight or fares;
(2) Ships of less than 20 tons, other than ships liable to pay dues by reference to their length;
(3) Sailing ships used exclusively for sail training purposes, operating as travelling museums or vessels of historical interest;
(4) Tugs of less than 10 metres in length;
(5) Vessels for the time being employed in sea-fishing exclusive of vessels used for catching fish otherwise than for profit;
(6) Vessels (other than those subject to periodical payments) when navigating wholly and bona fide in ballast and not engaged in any other revenue earning, commercial or passenger carrying activity or service;
(7) Ships putting in solely for bunkers, stores, crew changes, embarkation or disembarkation of pilots, a medical emergency, or for provisions for their own use on board, unless they are otherwise engaged in any revenue earning or commercial activity or service;
(8) Ships putting in from stress of weather or because of damage or on voyages solely for the purpose of damage or running repairs, where they are not otherwise engaged in a revenue earning or commercial activity or service, provided they do not discharge or load cargo other than cargo discharged with a view to such repairs, and afterwards reshipped;
(9) Ships navigating solely and entirely within the limits of a harbour authority unless such limits include a lighthouse, buoy or visible beacon maintained by the general lighthouse authority at the expense of the General Lighthouse Fund;
(10) Any ship (including a pleasure craft) in respect of any year ending 31st March during the whole of which it is laid up: and in the case of any such ship which has opted to pay in two payments as provided for in paragraph 2 (1) (b) of Part I of this Schedule, this exemption shall apply in respect of any period covered by such option, during the whole of which it is laid up;
(11) Vessels involved in land defences or land reclamation or both on behalf of a statutory or harbour authority;
(12) Vessels solely engaged in pollution control prevention or recovery on behalf of a statutory authority;
(13) Vessels engaged solely in the transportation of sewerage water to spoil grounds by or on behalf of a statutory authority;
(14) Vessels putting in or departing in ballast for the purpose of modification, alteration, scrapping or departing as new buildings from a shipyard, not otherwise engaged in any other revenue earning or commercial activity or service;
(15) Dumb barges, lighters, hulks or other vessels being towed which are specifically designed and built without a means of propulsion.".
3. The following are hereby revoked:
( a ) the Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) Order, 1991 ( S.I. No. 90 of 1991 ),
( b ) the Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) (No. 2) Order, 1991 ( S.I. No. 229 of 1991 ),
( c ) the Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) Order, 1992 ( S.I. No. 60 of 1992 ), and
( d ) the Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) Order, 1995 ( S.I. No. 71 of 1995 ).
GIVEN under my Official Seal, this 27th day of March, 1997.
SEAN BARRETT,
Minister for the Marine.
EXPLANATORY NOTE.
This Order revokes and replaces the Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) Order, 1991, as amended. It prescribes the scale of payments, the rules and the exemptions in relation to light dues collected from vessels calling to ports within the State with effect from 1st April, 1997.
The Order makes the following reductions to the amount of light dues which may be levied:

Description

Previous

Amount
New

Amount
£

£

Minimum amount per voyage for ships not subject to periodical payments.

66

60

Rate per ton for ships subject to payments per voyage.

46p

41p

Annual payment per ship for tugs.

225

202

Payment for each metre of length in excess of 10 metres for tugs.

23

21

Two equal payments per ship for tugs.

126

114

Payment for each metre of length in excess of 10 metres for tugs making two equal payments.

13

12

Minimum annual payment for a new or newly registered tug.

66

60

Minimum annual payment for a tug which is not registered for a continuous period of more than three months.

66

60

Annual payment for pleasure craft.

86

77

Payment for each period of 30 days in respect of a visit within an area for which the general lighthouse authority has responsibility for a pleasure craft not ordinarily kept or used in such an area.

29

26

Amount for each month or part of month for a new or newly registred pleasure craft.

29

26
In addition, the Order also makes the following amendments:
( a ) A ship's tonnage is to be ascertained by reference to its International Tonnage Certificate (1969) or, if the ship does not have such a certificate, by reference to the ship's gross tonnage.
( b ) Additional exemptions have been granted for various classes of ships.

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