Originally Posted by codprawn
I will be going down this road eventually but HATE red tape!!!
Surely a boat used just for part of a film or in an advert doesn't need to be coded??
Mine will be used for a lot more than that but just wondering!!!
Red tape... no. A visit from a surveyor and provided the vessel is acceptable and all equipment is on board then it is a 2 hour formaility.
Of course if the equipment is not there then it will cost money and this should be accounted for in proper, decent charter fees. Secondly the equipment should be there for safe boating !
A passenger does not have to be fare paying to be clased as such. A passenger is defined as someone not normally clased as part of the ships crew on a commercial vessel. Making someone a temp. crew for the day is open to challenge as you will have to demonstrate that they are either qualified or have substantial training for the vessel.
As for a TV camera it will be defined as cargo. Cargo is any item that would not normally be considered as hand baggage for personal use. The harmonised codes permit cargo to 1000kg (subj. to vessel)
Thus the point of definition that you need to examine is not fare paying passengers but commercial. I would anticipate that this will be defined as something that is not part of the normal activity of the boat (in your case pleasure), has an element of contract (and this will be the case as you will be requested to attend on a certain day, at a location defined by an other for their purposes) and possibly reward. The reward need not be financial.
Lastly I have not met a film crew that did not ask for a copy of the vessels certificate before engaging the vessel. Whatever the activity on the day the film crew will be dictating the vessels movements and in their HSE plan will want to delegate this responsibility out to "qualified vessels and persons".
Suggest you code or seek clarification from MCA as you have ineffect put yourself on notice by asking the question and cannot mitigate ignorance.