Maritime Rules Part 47

Load Lines

Current version of Part 47

This rule is made up of:

  • Section 1, which applies to:
    • commercial ships other than fishing ships of more than 24 metres in length, and barges of 24 metres or more in length which go beyond the coastal limit
  • Section 2, which applies to:
    • smaller ships that carry cargo
  • Section 3, which applies to:
    • barges of 24 metres or more in length which do not go beyond the coastal limit.

Download Maritime Rules Part 47[PDF: 426kB, 27 pages]

Part 47 is divided into 3 sections.

Each section prescribes requirements for assigning and marking load lines and the issue of a load line certificate in respect of the ship or barge.

Section 1 covers the requirements of the International Load Line Convention 1966 and its 1988 Protocol. The assigned and marked load lines indicate the draught to which the ship or barge may be safely loaded, having regard to its design, construction and area of operation.

Advisory circulars

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Part 47 advisory circular

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History of Part 47

2016

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2016 in November 2016.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2016 [PDF: 286kB, 15 pages]

2015

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2014, in 2015.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2014 [PDF: 366kB, 18 pages]

2014

Amendment

This part was amended by Parts 19 and 44: Consequential Amendments in July 2014.

Parts 19 and 44: Consequential Amendments 2014 [PDF: 395kB, 22 pages]

Amendment

This part was amended by Parts 20, 31, 32, 34 and 35: Consequential Amendments in April 2014.

Parts 20, 31, 32, 34 and 35: Consequential Amendments 2014 [PDF: 378kB, 14 pages]

2011

Amendment

This part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2011, in 2011.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2011 [PDF: 948kB, 15 pages]

2009

Amendment

This part was amended by Maritime (Various Amendments) Rules 2009, Parts 21-80, in 2009.

Maritime (Various Amendments) Rules 2009 [PDF: 102kB, 11 pages]

2007

Amendment

This part was amended by Part 47 Amendment Rules in 2007, which replaced the previous rule.

Part 47 Amendment Rules 2007 [PDF: 200kB, 23 pages]

2004

Amendment

This part was first amended by Maritime Rules Parts 20-90 in 2004.

Maritime Rules Amendments to Parts 20-90 2004 [PDF: 224kB, 44 pages]

2000

Advisory Circular

An advisory circular was published describing Part 47.

Part 47: Advisory Circular 2000 [PDF: 1.18MB, 6 pages]

1998

New part comes into force

Part 47 entered into force on 1 February 1998.

1997

New part signed

Part 47 was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 3 December 1997.

Part 47: Original rule [PDF: 14.88MB, 142 pages]