310. Ships exempt from provisions relating to load lines.-
(1) Save as otherwise provided in this section, the provisions of this Part relating to load lines shall apply to all sailing vessels as they apply to ships, and accordingly, the expression "ship" in the said provisions of this Part shall be construed as including a sailing vessel.
(2) The provisions of this Part relating to load lines shall not apply to-
4[(a) any sailing vessel, being an existing vessel of less than one hundred and fifty tons gross, or a new vessel of less than twenty-four meters in length, and in either case employed in plying coastwise between ports situated within India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon;]
(b) any ship solely engaged in fishing;
(c) any pleasure yacht.
(3) The Central Government may, on such conditions as it may think fit, exempt from the provisions of this Part relating to load lines-
(a) any ship plying between the near neighboring ports of two or more countries, if the Central Government and the Governments of those countries are satisfied that the sheltered nature and conditions of the voyages between those ports make it unreasonable or impracticable to apply to ships so plying the provisions of this Part relating to load lines;
(b) any ship plying between near neighbouring ports of the same country, if the Central Government is satisfied as aforesaid;
(c) wooden ships of primitive build, if the Central Government considers that it would be unreasonable or impracticable to apply the said provisions to them;
5[(d) any coasting ship, being an existing ship of less than one hundred and fifty tons gross or a new ship of less than twenty-four meters in length:
Provided that any such ship does not carry cargo;
(e) any ship which embodies features of a novel kind, if the Central Government is satisfied that the application of the provisions of this Part relating to load lines to such a ship might seriously impede research into development of such features and their incorporation in ships and
the Central Government and the Governments of the countries to be visited by the ship are satisfied that the ship complies with safety requirements which are adequate for the purposes for which the ship is intended and are such as to ensure the overall safety of the ship;
(f) any ship which is not normally engaged on voyages to ports outside India but which in exceptional circumstances is required to undertake such voyage if the Central Government is satisfied that the ship complies with safety requirements which are adequate for such voyage.]