You must have small commercial boats surveyed to make sure that they comply with UK safety laws.

Any boat that’s not a pleasure vessel is considered to be a commercial boat.

Before going to sea, the boat must be tested on its:

  • safety
  • construction
  • control systems
  • onboard machinery
  • electrical equipment

Register a small commercial vessel

Contact the UK Ship Register (UKSR) for more information on registering small commercial vessels.

UK Ship Register
029 2044 8800
Find out about call charges.

UK Ship Register
Anchor Court
Keen Road
Cardiff
CF24 5JW

Small commercial vessel surveys

Your boat will be surveyed to one of the following codes of practice:

  • the safety of small commercial motor vessels
  • the safety of small commercial sailing vessels
  • the safety of small workboats and pilot boats
  • the safety of small vessels in commercial use for sport or pleasure operating from a nominated departure point
  • small vessels in commercial use for sport or pleasure, workboats and pilot boats - alternative construction standards

Read more information on small craft codes on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency website.

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