Merchant Shipping (Pollution) Act 2006
|Long title||An Act to enable effect to be given to the Supplementary Fund Protocol 2003 and to future revisions of the international arrangements relating to compensation for oil pollution from ships; to enable effect to be given to Annex VI of the MARPOL Convention; and to amend section 178(1) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.|
|Citation||2006 c 8|
|Royal assent||30 March 2006|
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|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Revised text of statute as amended|
The Merchant Shipping (Pollution) Act 2006 (c 8) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It has three main purposes: to give effect to the Supplementary Fund Protocol 2003, to give effect to Annex IV of the MARPOL Convention, and to amend section 178(1) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.
Supplementary Fund Protocol
Section 1 of the Act allows the government to enact provisions giving effect to the 2003 Protocol by affirmative Order in Council. The protocol, drawn up under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization establishes an international fund which will pay out up to $1 billion in International Monetary Fund special drawing rights in cases of oil slicks and other environmental pollution.
Section 2 of the Act amends section 128(1) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 by inserting an extra paragraph extending the government's power to make provisions by Order in Council to include giving effecttion to the convention.
Merchant Shipping Act 1995
Section 3 of the Act amends section 178(1) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 to restrict claims to being enforced within three years of the damage occurring, whereas previously it had been restricted to within three years after "the claim against the Fund arose", and within six years of the damage occurring.
- The Merchant Shipping (Pollution) Act 2006, as amended from the National Archives.
- The Merchant Shipping (Pollution) Act 2006, as originally enacted from the National Archives.
- Explanatory notes to the Merchant Shipping (Pollution) Act 2006.
- IMO article on the 2003 Protocol
- ePolitix article on the Act