They shall apply to –
- Every Indian ship, other than a ship of war, a fishing vessel, a pleasure yacht or a sailing vessel, wherever it is ;
- Every ship other than an Indian ship, not being a ship of war, a fishing vessel, a pleasure yacht or a sailing vessel while it is at a port or place in India or within the territorial waters of India, which is-
(i) An existing ship of 150 tons gross or more;or
(ii) A new ship of 24 metres of more in length :
Provided that these rules shall not apply to any ship other than Indian ship by reason of its being at a port or place in India or within the territorial waters of India if it would not have been at any such port or place but for the strees of weather or any other circumstances that neither the master nor the owner or character, if any, of the ship could have prevented or forestalled.