Maritime safety

Safe operation of vessels and ports, safety standards, life saving appliances, insurance, codes of practice and how to ship dangerous goods.


  1. Emergency and life-saving equipment on ships

    Life-saving and fire-fighting equipment that ships must carry and how to maintain and service it

  2. e-Application for UK compulsory insurance certificate (MSF 3241)

    Ship owners' form for electronic email applications to MCA for certification of evidence of bunker, tanker or passenger liability insurance.

  3. The CERS Workbook

    Vessels and shipping agents should use the CERS Workbook to provide the information needed to the port authority.

  4. Request to pay by credit card (CLC) (MSF 5187)

    Form for ship owners and operators to use when applying to pay by credit card for MCA certification of civil liability certificates.

  5. How to apply for the survey of a large yacht MSF 5198

    Complete MSF 5198, to apply to request a survey of large a yacht.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. MCA approved doctors UK based
  2. Code of safe working practices for merchant seafarers (COSWP) 2018
  3. Seafarers medical certification guidance
  4. Small craft codes
  5. MGN 280 (M) Construction standards for small vessels in sport use
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News and communications

  1. Come and see us on stand B038 at Southampton Boat Show
  2. Foreign flagged ships detained in the UK during July 2018 Revision 2
  3. New proposals for pleasure vessels
  4. Minister urges UK fishermen to sign up for safety improvements
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Research and statistics

  1. Assessment of ETV Provision for North and North West Scotland
  2. Enclosed spaces on sea-going vessels
  3. Lifejacket fatality figures
  4. Research project 521: driving safety culture
  5. Keeping safe at the coast: lifejacket wear - behavioural change
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Consultation on the Merchant Shipping (Safety of Navigation) Regulations
  2. Consultation on the results of the review of standards for older UK passenger ships
  3. Consultation on the impact assessment for the Merchant Shipping (Bridge Visibility Regulations) (Small Passenger Ships)
  4. Consultation post implementation review MLC, survey and certification regulations 2013
  5. Bridge visibility regulations small passenger ships 2017
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. MCA: Annual report and accounts 2017 to 2018
  2. Safety warning on the use of safety harness tethers on sailing yachts
  3. Port marine safety code and revised guide to good practice on port marine operations
  4. Passenger ship fires in 2010
  5. Offshore wind farms safety
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