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Due to the continually changing nature of the marine industry, the Technical team is here to keep members up to date with the changing regulations and to give you a voice in industry discussions with regulators - from the International Maritime Organisation at the highest level through to discussions with your local navigation authorities.

To ensure that your voice is heard British Marine members are made aware of all important consultations and have the opportunity to engage with regulators.

Recreational Craft in the UK

Recreational craft operating in the UK may have varying requirements placed upon them depending on their age and their regular cruising grounds. Members should log in for guidance documents, templates and the most up to date information. Please contact the Technical team for further information at

The Recreational Craft Regulations 2017 (SI 737) as Amended.

The Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) for EU exports.

Boat Safety Scheme (BSS)

Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) Regulations 

Commercial Vessels in the UK

Commercial vessels in the UK may be subject to different legislation dependent on their size and normal operating areas.


Domestic Passenger Ships

Inland Waterways Small Passenger Vessels

Inland Hire Vessels

Inland Workboats


MCA Workboat Code

MCA Small Commercial Vessel Code

MCA Passenger Yacht Code


The Superyacht industry certification and standards is a web of different levels of requirements that can depend on many different factors such as size of vessel, if the vessel is in commercial use, the number of passengers/crew, where the vessel is operating

Flag and Classification Rules

ISO standards for large yachts


METS 2023

British Marine members enjoy a successful METSTRADE 2023

21 Nov 2023

METSTRADE 2023 has proved a great success for British Marine members as thousands of visitors headed to the world’s largest trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems.


Fund Britains Waterways message delivered to Westminster

14 Nov 2023

Fund Britain's Waterways message delivered to Westminster

MTA 23

A magical evening for all at the Marine Trades Association Awards Dinner

14 Jun 2023

The British Marine Trades Association (BMTA) is firmly back in the calendar as an anchor event for marine businesses recognising and celebrating successes in the UK leisure marine industry.

NCW 2023

Find your dream job in the marine industry

06 Mar 2023

This week is National Careers Week (06-11 March). To kick start the week British Marine, the trade association for the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry, shares some top tips on how to find a career in the marine sector.

Apprenticeship week

Earn while you learn with a marine apprenticeship

06 Feb 2023

Apprenticeships offer a great way to learn and gain qualifications, while taking home a salary and gaining valuable occupational experience, whatever your age or stage of your career, and there are a whole host of opportunities available within the marine sector.

Sailing in The Solent

Returned Goods Relief policy changes refused by Government

20 Dec 2022

Disappointing outcome felt by the Royal Yachting Association, British Marine, Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents, and the Cruising Association.


Technical Report 126

Members price: Free

ICOMIA Small Craft Standards Bulletin 14

Members price: Free

ICOMIA LOGOS Quarterly Report Oct 2020

Members price: Free