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Revised Red Ensign Group Yacht Code published

Published on: 08 February 2024

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A new revision of the gold standard Red Ensign Group Yacht Code has now been published.

It represents all the expertise gained across almost three decades of regulating the large yacht sector since the first version was published by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in 1997.


This represents the first significant revision since 2019 and has been developed over a period of two years in close consultation with the REG Yacht Code Industry Working Group. This consists of a wide-ranging number of stakeholders, including the British Marines Technical department and several SYUK members as well as other shipyards, designers, management companies and regulatory authorities.


Substantive changes have been made to reflect the relevant regulatory amendments that have been published in recent years by the IMO and to accommodate current trends and innovation in yacht design.


Significant amendments to the existing text have also been made to provide additional clarification to those areas of the Code which have previously been open to interpretation with a view to ensuring its consistent application and setting a level playing field for industry.


The new code comes into force in July this year and can be downloaded from the REG website here - Red Ensign Group: Publications and Guidance