Small fishing vessel safety requirements

Information about safety requirements for registering small fishing vessels.



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.