Introduction - what is it?
Small Commercial Vessel (SCV) Coding is a legal requirement for a vessel of up to 24 metres in length that operates commercially. This allows the vessel to carry up to 12 passengers or for any operation with financial gain to the owner. The SCV Code is upheld by Maritime Coastguard agency (MCA) and is for British f lagged vessels only.
Why do I need to code my vessel?
If you charter your boat or use it commercially then you are required to comply with the Codes of Practice to ensure the safety of those on board. Benefits of coding your vessel include:
To get a vessel coded, the owner is required to complete an SCV1 declaration form and then the appointed surveyor will complete and file an in-depth SCV2 form for checking before a license is issued. It is the responsibility of the vessel owner to contract and pay your chosen surveyor directly.
How far can my vessel operate?
The distance that you are allowed to operate depends on the boats' stability. You should complete an Application for Examination and an Application for Stability Category Allocation. These are then analysed and a stability category will be allocated as follows:
For those that are operating commercially in inland waters/rivers in the UK and carry less than 12 passengers then any requirements are determined by the authority regulating that area. For example if you were in the River Dart and do not cruise beyond harbour limits, then the safety & licensing will be determined by Dart Harbour Authority or by following the ‘Inland Waters Small Passenger Boat Code’. You can find more information on this here.
If you would like to find out more about coding your commercial vessel, please get in touch with out marine expert, Darren Harris.
Darren Harris Dip CII Account Executive [email protected] 0117 930 1687 | 07785 426 360
Posted by helen carpenter on
11 December 2020 at 10:22 AM
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