MGN 597 (M) Intended pleasure vessels - Temporary commercial use at sea - Business purposes

This MGN should be read in conjunction with Part 1 of the IPV Code.


MGN 597 on IPV (Business purposes)

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This MGN provides guidance for the owners of Intended Pleasure Vessels which are in temporary commercial use at sea on a single-voyage basis. It explains the term “Intended Pleasure Vessel” and acts as a signpost for the existence and location of Part 1 of the Code of Practice for Intended Pleasure Vessels in Temporary Commercial Use at Sea (The IPV Code).

Part 1 of the IPV Code is applicable to Intended Pleasure Vessels (IPV) in temporary commercial use on a single-voyage basis by vessel Owners, Manufacturers, brokers, surveyors, repairers, Delivery Companies or Equipment Service Providers contracted for business purposes relating to sale, repair, post-production / post-repair / mid-survey sea trials, equipment sea trials, customer sea trials, or vessel delivery outside the definition of Pleasure Vessel. It is applicable to IPVs of any size which are United Kingdom vessels in United Kingdom waters. It also applies to other IPVs operating from United Kingdom ports whilst in United Kingdom waters.

As long as a vessel is not already certificated, the IPV Code does not apply to a vessel which is undertaking sea trials, is being delivered, or used as a Race Support Boat wholly in a harbour, in a marina, on inland waterways, or in Categorized Waters. It is only applicable to temporary commercial use at sea, which is beyond UK Categorised Waters.

An explanation of the regulatory framework for Pleasure Vessels is provided in MGN 599 and is not the focus of this MGN.

Published 19 December 2018