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|Second Deck (Admeasure)|
The next deck below the uppermost complete deck that meets the following:
(a) Is continuous athwartships and in a fore-and-aft direction at least between peak bulkheads, even though the deck may have interruptions or openings due to propelling machinery spaces, to hatch and ventilation trunks not extending longitudinally completely between main transverse bulkheads, to ladder and stairway openings, to chain lockers, or to cofferdams.
(b) Is fitted as an integral and permanent part of the vessel.
(c) Has proper covers to all main hatchways.
(d) Does not have steps the total of which exceed 48 inches in height.