Technical and Manufacturing

Chiselling a new boatAs the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry, we know how important it is to get the details right, first time.

That’s why our Technical team is on hand to support you. We can help you ensure that your business is being run in a safe and compliant manner. Our Technical team is on hand to answer any questions our members may have.

Headline issues

British Marine's Technical team is always busy dealing with the latest developments within the marine industry.

Current headline issues include:


Passenger boat by the Tower of London

MSN 1869 (M) safety management code for domestic passenger ships

20 Apr 2017

Find out which practices companies will need to implement in their safety management of domestic passenger ships.


New sea time requirements added for Certification for Deck Officers on commercial and private yachts

20 Apr 2017

Read how all seagoing service must be approved by either Nautilus or the PYA from 24 May 2017.

Thames Clipper

Consultation on new qualifications for tidal inland waterways

12 Apr 2017

A new set of qualifications for tidal inland waterways, which offers more steps towards BML Tier 1 Level 2 certification and a higher qualification beyond that, has been developed. It will not be introduced unless operators want it. Therefore, British Marine wants to hear your views. Find out how you can take part in the consultation today.


Latest IMO report - SSE4

02 Apr 2017

Read what was discussed at the 4th session of the Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE), held on 20-24 March 2017 and how it could affect your business.

training growth

The law has changed - part 3 of our guide

29 Mar 2017

Read about all the changes that will affect the importation of vessels into the EU by private individuals. Whilst this may not directly affect the majority of members initially, there will be consequential affects with second hand sales and major craft modifications.

Boat Distribution & Retail

The law has changed - part 2 of our Guide

22 Mar 2017

Last week we looked at how the new Recreational Craft Directive had changed the obligations of Distributors and Importers who sell recreational craft in the UK and Europe. This week, read how the new directive is also affecting boat owners and consequentially the sale and modification of second hand boats.


The law has changed. Are you operating legally?

16 Mar 2017

Find out how 50% of you operate your business based on the requirements of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) 2013/53/EU; the new version of which came in to force in January. It is vital you know what it contains to ensure you operate within the legal framework. Over the next few weeks we will explain some of the changes within the Directive and how this may start to affect members within different parts of the marine sectors. Today's guidance concentrates on changes regarding the responsibilities on Distributors and Importers.

Boating tourism

Hire boat licensing changes

16 Mar 2017

Read about the new requirements which will come into force for hire boat operators from 1 April 2017.


Latest IMO report

14 Mar 2017

Read what happened at the 4th session of the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR).

2017 Budget Statement

British Marine comments on the Budget

09 Mar 2017

British Marine comments on the Chancellor Philip Hammond's Budget statement and highlights some of the key stories from it.

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