(1) Ships with mechanical means of propulsion
or lighters, barges or other ships without independent means of propulsion,
shall be assigned freeboards in accordance with the provisions of
regulations 1 to 40, inclusive.
(2) Ships carrying timber deck cargoes may be
assigned, in addition to the freeboards prescribed in paragraph (1),
timber freeboards in accordance with the provisions of regulations 41 to 45.
(3) Ships designed to carry sail, whether as the
sole means of propulsion or as a supplementary means, and tugs, shall
be assigned freeboards in accordance with the provisions of regulations 1 to 40, inclusive. Additional freeboard may
be required as determined by the Administration.
(4) Ships of wood or of composite construction,
or of other materials the use of which the Administration has approved,
or ships whose constructional features are such as to render the application
of the provisions of this Annex unreasonable or impracticable, shall
be assigned freeboards as determined by the Administration.
(5) Regulations 10 to 26,
inclusive, shall apply to every ship to which a minimum freeboard
is assigned. Relaxations from these requirements may be granted to
a ship to which a greater than minimum freeboard is assigned, on condition
that the Administration is satisfied with the safety conditions provided.
(6) Where the assigned summer freeboard is increased
such that the resulting draught is not more than that corresponding
to a minimum summer freeboard for the same ship, but with an assumed
freeboard deck located a distance below the actual freeboard deck
at least equal to the standard superstructure height, the conditions
of assignment in accordance with regulations 12, 14-1 through 20, 23, 24 and 25, as applicable,
to the actual freeboard deck may be as required for a superstructure
(7) Unless expressly provided otherwise, the regulations
of this Annex shall apply to ships the keels of which are laid or
which are at a similar stage of construction on or after 1 January
(8) For ships the keels of which are laid or which
are at a similar stage of construction before 1 January 2005, the
Administration shall ensure that the requirements which are applicable
under the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966, as modified
by the Protocol of 1988 relating thereto, adopted by the International
Conference on Harmonized System of Survey and Certification, 1988,
are complied with.
(9) High-speed craft which comply with the requirements
of the International Code of Safety for High-Speed Craft, 2000 (2000 HSC Code), adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee
of the Organization by resolution MSC.97(73) and which have been surveyed
and certified as provided in the Code shall be deemed to have complied
with the requirements of this Annex. The certificates and permits
issued under the 2000 HSC Code shall have the
same force and the same recognition as the certificates issued under