MGN 598 (M) Intended pleasure vessels - Temporary commercial use at sea - Race support boats

This MGN should be read in conjunction with Part 2 of the IPV Code.


MGN 598 on IPV (Race support boats)

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This MGN provides guidance for the owners of Intended Pleasure Vessels which are in temporary commercial use at sea as a race support boat. It explains the term “Intended Pleasure Vessel” and acts as a signpost for the existence and location of Part 2 of the Code of Practice for Intended Pleasure Vessels in Temporary Commercial Use at Sea (The IPV Code).

The IPV Code is applicable to any UK Pleasure Vessel or non-UK Pleasure Vessel operating from UK ports, while in UK waters. Use of Part 2 of the IPV Code disapplies Merchant Shipping Regulations for commercial use by using existing Regulations but only for temporary commercial use at sea on a single-voyage basis as a Race Support Boat for the purpose of Race Support Activities affiliated to the National Governing Body of the Sport.

Part 2 of the IPV Code provides a standard for small (<15m) Intended Pleasure Vessels used for no more than 10 Race Events per year as a Race Support Boat (RSB) for Race Support Activities outside the definition of Pleasure Vessel either by the Owner or persons authorised by the Owner to do so.

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