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Are The Merchant Shipping (Hours of Work) Regulations intended to apply to people working temporarily on board, such as riding crews?

No. 

MSN 1767 explains that they will not be taken to apply to those whose normal place of work is ashore but who are working on a sea-going ship on a temporary or short-term basis, e. g. fitters, guest lecturers and entertainers, research scientists, riding crews, trainees and volunteers on sail training ships who are not carrying out safety-critical roles, provided they are covered by The Working Time Regulations (SI 1998/1833). (These Regulations implement in the UK the requirements of Directive 93/104/EC, which contain general rules for the regulation of working time. A supplementary Directive, 1999/63/EC, regulates seafarers’ working time. )

 

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