MCA Code of Practice - Charter Boats

Are you thinking of chartering your boat out?

Every year many owners recover much of their annual berthing fees and running costs through having paying guests come aboard their vessel. Some owners also elect to have their boat coded and operate it commercially for tax purposes. (For example it may be possible to claim VAT back on the purchase price and any subsequent running costs.)

Whether it is for leisurely day trips around the Solent, extended offshore cruises, fishing daytrips or for diving, your vessel must comply with certain minimum standards of safety and equipment.

Under UK Merchant Shipping Regulations any small vessel up to 24m in load line length engaged in sea activities on a commercial basis and carrying up to 12 passengers must conform to the following MCA Code of Practice.

MCA Small Commercial Vessel Code of Practice (SCV Code)

The requirements of the MCA Code of Practice cover the construction of the vessel, its safety equipment, its machinery, its stability and the correct operation of the vessel so that safety standards are maintained.

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How can Safety Marine help?

  1. At Safety Marine we are pleased to offer our experience and advice FREE OF CHARGE to anyone requiring assistance and information regarding preparing their vessel for charter.
  2. Safety Marine can arrange an independent MCA surveyor to survey your vessel, guide you through the MCA coding process and issue all the relevant certification.
  3. Safety Marine's experience working alongside all of the major equipment manufacturers enables us to build equipment packages for all specifications and for all budgets.


How to get started

Simply fill in the form below and click "Request Information" We will be pleased to develop an individual equipment check-list for you and email you further guidance on how to proceed with coding your boat.

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