Merchant Shipping Act, 1906
The Merchant Shipping Act of 1906 introduced a number of measures aimed at protecting British maritime interests. The Act also looked to make shipping safer for mariners. The Act faced objections from both ship owners and sailors associations.
The Act introduced shipping load limits, which would make sailing safer. These applied to any ship departing from a British port. The legislation also set out minimum requirements for sailors accommodation; language tests for those wishing to be on the crew of a British vessel and rules about provisions and safety for the crew.