This Notice makes provision in relation to Directive (EU) 2016/1629 which lays down technical requirements for inland waterway vessels.
Vessels that only operate on UK inland waterways will have an authorised exemption from the Directive but will have to comply with UK technical requirements.
The UK technical requirements with which such vessels are required to comply remain largely unchanged from those outlined in MSN 1824.
For the UK, “inland waterways” means categorised waters A, B, C and D, as set out in Annex 1 to this Merchant Shipping Notice.
For the European Union (EU) in general, “inland waterways” means the waters (of Zone 1, 2, 3 or 4) listed in Annex I to the Directive.
The Directive will not normally apply to any vessels certificated for service at sea which are operating temporarily on inland waterways.
The Directive is implemented in the UK by the Merchant Shipping (Technical Requirements for Inland Waterway Vessels) (Amendment) Regulations 2019/160.