MCA CODES OF PRACTICE

 

Since 1994 the MCA has published a succession of Codes of Practice, which set minimum standards and put legal obligations on operators of workboats and pleasure craft in commercial use. I   have been involved with these codes since they were introduced and have examined many hundreds of craft for compliance with the Codes.

 

These have included:

 

Open and Cabin Ribs from 4.5m to 13m

 

Angling Charter Boats from 7m to 16m

 

Dive Support Vessels   from 8m to 26m

 

10m and 15m Crew Transfer Catamarans

 

12m, 15m and 20m Wind Farm Support Boats

 

15m Pilot Boat

 

8m and 15m Logistical Support Boats

 

13m Mooring Service Workboat

 

Modern Charter Yachts from 7m to 18m

 

75ft Ex Baltic Trader Ketch

 

50ft Danish Sailing Kotter

 

 

If you are considering the purchase of a vessel that will require coding, please be aware that there are some craft that cannot be made to comply, and others where modifications or stability assessment will be expensive, and yet others where the operational area could be severely restricted due to stability, freeboard or other issues.

 

I am always happy to offer free guidance on the Code requirements, and whether a particular craft will comply.

 

Any vessel that has not yet been coded will almost certainly require two visits.  The first visit  will assess the soundness of the vessel and will enable a list to be provided of work required to achieve compliance.  The second visit  will be to establish that any work required has been correctly carried out, and that all of the required lifesaving and safety equipment is in place.  

 

If you are about to buy a vessel that already has a Code certificate, please be aware that the Certificate will expire on change of ownership, and that the vessel will require an examination to confirm compliance, before a new certificate can be issued in your name.

 

The MCA has empowered several organisations to examine and issue Code certificates. I examine on behalf of the YBDSA.  Vessels certified by an other organisation can be examined as soon as the vessel's Code file has been transferred to the YBDSA. The file transfer is straightforward, and should be a free process.

Fox

Associates


Marine Surveyors and

Investigators

Phone: 01286 871122
Fax: 01286 864583
Mobile: 07789 860777
Bryn Park, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 3NR
CONTACT
 
Mike Fox
 
Phone: 01286 871122 (office), 07789 860777 (mobile)
 
Email: surveys@fox-associates.com
 
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