Maritime safety

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

Services

  1. The CERS Workbook

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

  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. 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.

  1. How to apply for an exemption of a Boatmasters' Licence

    MSF 4286: Application form to be used when applying for an exemption of a Boatmasters' licence.

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Guidance and regulation

  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. Small craft codes
  3. MGN 280 (M) Construction standards for small vessels in sport use
  1. LY3: the large commercial yacht code

    • Guidance
    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  2. Weather broadcasts and Maritime safety information: leaflet

    • Guidance
    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
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News and communications

  1. Charities encouraged to bid for life-saving cash

    • Department for Transport
    • News story
  2. Foreign flagged ships detained in the UK during June 2018

    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    • Press release
  3. HM Coastguard adopts ‘RYA SafeTrx’ as new safety ID scheme

    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    • News story
  4. Foreign flagged ships detained in the UK during May 2018

    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    • Press release
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Policy and engagement

  1. Consultation post implementation review MLC, survey and certification regulations 2013
  2. Bridge visibility regulations small passenger ships 2017
  3. Consultation on the impact assessment for the Merchant Shipping (Bridge Visibility Regulations) (Small Passenger Ships)
  1. Amendments to EU standards for seagoing domestic passenger ships

    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    • Consultation outcome
    • Date closed 22 June 2017
  2. Two new marine guidance notes to replace MGN 430

    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    • Consultation outcome
    • Date closed 28 July 2017
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Transparency

  1. Safety warning on the use of safety harness tethers on sailing yachts

    • Marine Accident Investigation Branch
    • Maib report
  2. Enclosed spaces on sea-going vessels

    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    • Research
  3. Lifejacket fatality figures

    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    • Research
  4. Research project 521: driving safety culture

    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    • Research
  5. Keeping safe at the coast: lifejacket wear - behavioural change

    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    • Research
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