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COVID-19 Back to Business Guides released for services, distribution, installation and surveyor businesses

Published on: 17 June 2020

Boat safety

As part of British Marine’s ongoing COVID-19 work to help members and the industry get back to business, the latest two guidance documents for marine services and marine distribution, installation and surveyor businesses have been published. 

The documents provide practical guidance to help businesses ensure that all staff and users are properly protected from COVID-19 so that business can safely operate. They should be read in conjunction with the ‘COVID-19 Return to Business’ document published by British Marine on 1 May.

The aim is to help restore confidence amongst authorities, other businesses and consumers that the marine industry is ready to recommence activities and has taken necessary actions to stop the spread of COVID-19. A key element to this is encouraging people to protect themselves and others. 

It is essential that businesses re-open in a responsible and safe way and that UK Government advice and policy is adhered to. The guides can be used as an aid to help businesses think through their own activities. Each business will need to individually risk assess based on their individual business, employees and premises.

The Marine Distribution, Installation & Surveyor Businesses guide is designed to help individuals who work in the sector, those who may be required to travel to inspect vessels, and those who work across multiple sites to go about their work safely.

The Marine Services Business guide is designed to help individuals, in office and outdoor environments, to go about their work safely and adhere to the guidelines on social distancing.

The documents can be downloaded from our ‘Back to Business’ section of our website here. 

It is recommended that, alongside using these Back to Business guides, members listen to the British Marine Business Resilience – Operational Consideration & Business Continuity webinar.

British Marine’s Simon Boyd (Head of Membership) and Ed Tuite (Senior Technical Executive) are joined by Will Blagdon from Blagdon Boatyard & Chandlery and Paul Turner from Princess Yachts. Topics discussed include social distancing guidelines and how they can be achieved in different working environments and how to maintain a workforce with the forthcoming changes to furlough scheme. Key ‘admin’ areas are also highlighted, such as insurance and licensing, that coronavirus may have affected before a business can re-open.


For members wishing to stay up-to-date with the latest developments on COVID-19, please visit our dedicated Coronavirus Hub.