Guidance

Small fishing vessel safety requirements

Information about safety requirements for registering small fishing vessels.

Documents

MSN 1871 Construction and safe operation fishing vessels under 15m

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MGN 581 (F) FISHING VESSELS: Registration Surveys for Fishing Vessels of less 15m built before 16 July 2007

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List of Authorised Surveyors

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Details

Small fishing vessels ie those under 15m length overall (LOA) don’t need a regular statutory survey. However, UK law requires that they are seaworthy and equipped to a safe standard before they can be registered.

This guidance advises you about the types of certificate and inspection you need. This depends on the LOA and age of your vessel.

You’ll also find details of who to contact to arrange for a safety inspection.

Published 1 May 2014
Last updated 15 March 2018 + show all updates
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