PART I | PRELIMINARY
1 SHORT TITLE & COMMENCEMENT
1. This Act may be called the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958.
2. It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint and different dates may be appointed for different provisions of this Act.
2 APPLICATION OF ACT
1. Unless otherwise expressly provided, the provisions of this Act which apply to:
a. any vessel which is registered in India; or
b. any vessel which is required by this Act to be so registered; or
c. any other vessel which is owned wholly by persons to each of whom any of the descriptions specified clause (a) or in clause (b) or in clause (c), as the case may be, of section 21 applies, shall so apply wherever the vessel may be.
2. Unless otherwise expressly provided, the provisions of this Act which apply to vessels other than those referred to in sub-section (1) shall so apply only while any such vessel is within India; including the territorial waters thereof.
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