Written for merchant seamen on UK registered vessels, the UK COSWP is of a safety-critical nature. You’re strongly advised to refer only to the official Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) version.
The 2011 print edition contains the same content as the 2010 electronic edition. The only difference is that it’s printed and bound.
Copies of the current printed edition must be carried on all UK ships (this does not apply to fishing vessels and pleasure craft).
How many copies to have on-board:
- the master, safety officer and any members of the safety committee must each have their own
- there must be one available for general reference