The Maritime and Coastguard Agency
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency enforces the rules to which vessels in UK territorial waters and under UK registration must adhere. These rules are legislated through the Merchant Shipping Regulations, which apply to all vessels under the UK flag and vessels in UK waters or operating from UK ports.
The MCA working with industry has created a simplified guide to the regulations that apply to pleasure vessels as defined within the Merchant Shipping Regulations. This guide can be found below:
MGN 538 (M) Pleasure Vessels - Guidance and Applicable UK Regulations
This guidance note provides an overview of the Merchant Shipping legislation that applies to pleasure vessels, including rules relating to certification and manning requirements. The relevant regulations cited in this note apply to UK pleasure vessels wherever they may be and for some of the regulations to non-UK pleasure vessels in UK waters. Additionally there is some best practice guidance provided.
This guidance note also sets out General Exemptions that provide alternative standards for the carriage of Life-Saving Appliances and Firefighting Equipment
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