Deals with various issues related to merchant shipping. Divided into 13 parts. Part 1 (s. 1-5) contains preliminary provisions. Part 2 (s. 6-45) regulates registration of ships. Part 3 (s. 46-51) provides for manning and certification. Part 4 (s. 52-55) regulates employment of seamen. Part 5 (s. 56-100) deals with crew matters. Part 6 (s.101-106) provides for licensing of ships. Part 7 (s. 107-125) makes provision for survey and safety of ships. Part 8 (s. 126-132) provides for safety of navigation. Part 9 (s. 133-140) deals with inquiries and investigations. Part 10 (s.141) provides for liabilities and limitation of liabilities. Part 11 (s. 142-174) contains provisions regarding wreckage and salvage. Part 12 (s. 175-200) deals with legal proceedings. Finally, Part 13 (s. 201-216) contains miscellaneous provisions.