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As 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 safely and in line with all relevant rules and regulations, our Technical team is always on hand to answer any questions our members may have.

The British Marine Technical team is dedicated to assisting members by supplying up to the minute advice and technical support and guidance, and by representing our members on a number of key technical committees to ensure the industries best interests are safeguarded. Whether unearthing the details of an ISO standard, identifying the route to compliance or signposting sources of business support, we are on hand to help.

As a member you can contact us for assistance covering anything from general health and safety to in-depth technical standards, our work really does cover the breadth of the industry.

In recent times we have delivered successful campaign programs on several key areas of the industry, including:

  • The implementation of the Recreational Craft Regulations (RCR) 
  • The creation of the IPV codefor recreational craft in temporary commercial use.
  • The grandfathering changes to Class V passenger vessels
  • Supporting hire operators implementation of the Hire Boat Code

But when one campaign ends, another one begins. We are working on issues that affect companies throughout the marine supply chain, right now including:

Workboat Code 

British Marine worked on the development of Workboat Code 3 prior to its public consultation, encouraging the MCA to accept Notified Body Certification of Hull Structures, and the utilisation of TC188 Small Craft Standards within the code, simplifying and streamlining manufacturing for our commercial sector boatbuilders. 


Sport and Pleasure Code

British Marine is currently engaged with the MCA on the development of the new Sport and Pleasure Code, strongly advocating for clearer and more complete alignment with the requirements of the EU RCD and UK RCR regulations. 


Merchant Shipping Act Changes 

DfT consultation on changes to the Merchant Shipping Acts, clearly defining what is considered a navigable vessel and the ability of regulators to better enforce existing regulations on vessel use. 



Multiple consultations on Decarbonising the Marine Sector. Advocating for a clear, long term transition away from carbon based fuels. British Marine is pushing for greater government awareness of the challenges facing the industry and a clear roadmap with government support. 


Port Marine Safety Code 

How does the PMSC affect Marinas and what do they need to do to ensure compliance, British Marine is working with the MCA to clearly define the responsibilities of Marinas under this Code of Practice. 


We invite British Marine members to get individually involved in our work, to ensure our industry's subject matter experts have a voice and assist us in shaping the technical standards of the future. 

Please remember, we need your involvement and guidance to make strong cases and obtain the outcomes or recognition that your company and the wider marine industry deserves.

Technical Support | British Marine


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