“It is a legal requirement that UK vessels (up to 24 metres load line length) in commercial operation or charter use, carry no more than 12 passengers and/or cargo, comply with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Small Commercial Vessel and Pilot Boat Code of Practice and be issued with valid Certificates by a recognised Certifying Authority.”
Anyone operating or intending to operate a vessel for commercial use or charter (skippered or bareboat). The vessel will need to be prepared and equipped to conform with the MCA Code of Practice MGN280.
The MCA Code of Practice applies to:
Full details of the Code (MGN 280) is available on the MCA website here.
The code requirements are divided into six main categories depending on the type and use of your vessel.
The maximum number of passengers that you are allowed to carry is 12 (skipper and crew can be in addition to this).
The stability of the vessel will determine the number of people you are allowed to carry. You can refer to the ISO Design category of your vessel, which is located on your CE conformity plaque, normally found in the cockpit. This will give you a rating from A – C and the number of persons allowed to be carried .
This rating equates as follows :-
Certifying authorities such as:
Are responsible for administering the Code of Practice requirements set out by the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA). The certifying authority will appoint a registered coding surveyor to carry out the coding inspection.
A charter coding certificate is valid for 5 years from date of issue.
It is a requirement of code compliance that vessels are subject to a full out-of-water Condition Survey, verification of its safety and lifesaving equipment and an assessment of its stability before a Certificate is issued.
It is essential that you prepare and certify your vessel to comply with the MCA Small Commercial Vessel Code of Practice. Adhering to the Code of Practice is vital for the safety of your crew and charterers and peace of mind.
Berthon Boat Company have the skills and experience to help you bring your vessel up to the required standard. We can also organise an authorised surveyor who will provide the following services, ensuring full and safe certification.
Berthon Boat Company can:
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