(a) At the beginning of the various parts, subparts, and sections, a more specific application
is generally given for the particular portion of the text involved. This application sets forth the types, sizes, or services of vessels to which the
text pertains, and in many cases limits the application of the text to vessels contracted
for before or after a specific date. As used in this subchapter, the term vessels contracted for includes not only the
contracting for the construction of a vessel, but also the contracting for a material
alteration to a vessel, the contracting for the conversion of a vessel to a passenger
vessel, and the changing of service or route of a vessel if such change increases
or modifies the general requirements for the vessel or increases the hazards to which
it might be subjected.
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