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Old 07 April 2005, 14:09   #21
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The MCA have been working closely with those organising the Trafalgar 200 celebrations and are satisfied that there is no commercial gain for those whose RIBs that are being used for marshalling, therefore there is no requirement for them to carry any statutory certification.
Excellent news. Thanks for clarifying that, Mark.
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Old 07 April 2005, 15:16   #22
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In response to Jono and to clarify my wording...

The Merchant Shipping (Vessels in Commercial Use for Sport or Pleasure) Regulations 1998 is the Statutory Instrument that provides the legal status of the Codes of Practice commonly referred to as the Yellow, Red and Blue Codes.

Regulation 5(4) of the above Regulations states:
"Where a vessel has been so examined and a Small Commercial Vessel certificate issued, the vessel shall not proceed, or attempt to proceed, to sea [Regulation 2(3): 'any reference in these Regulations to "proceeding to sea" includes a reference to proceeding on a voyage or excursion that does not involve going to sea'] unless:

(a) the certificate is currently in force;

(b) the vessel complies with the requirements of the relevant code of practice (including any requirements as to operation, manning and maintenance); and for this purpose any provision of the Code expressed in the conditional (i.e. "should") shall be a requirement; and

(c) the certifiate is displayed in some conspicuous place on board; or, if this is not reasonably practicable, is available for inspection on board."

I hope that clarifies the point about "should" - it means that it is a requirement under the Regulations.


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I still don't see the point of displaying a coding sticker on one's bote and then you guys reinspecting it,,,,,,,,why not concentrate on the ones without the Sticker?
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I still don't see the point of displaying a coding sticker on one's bote and then you guys reinspecting it,,,,,,,,why not concentrate on the ones without the Sticker?

Bloody good point Stuart.

Surely the guys with the stickers have mad the effort.

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I still don't see the point of displaying a coding sticker on one's bote and then you guys reinspecting it,,,,,,,,why not concentrate on the ones without the Sticker?
Surely this is to check as to whether the coded boat is operating with the correct equipment as set out in the code.
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I still don't see the point of displaying a coding sticker on one's bote and then you guys reinspecting it,,,,,,,,why not concentrate on the ones without the Sticker?
Hi Stuart,

I agree that the MCA should (must? ) concentrate on non coded boats. However, once the initial inspection is complete you can go three years before your mid-term inspection is due. All sorts of stuff could go missing / out of date etc. in the meantime.

Having said that, I was boarded on a 46' cruiser last year and all they really wanted to see was the paperwork which included the insurance certificate.

I turned the inspection to our advantage with our customers telling them what the inspection was for and making the point that all was correct and that they had booked with a reputable company.

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I can't see the problem its the biggest maritime event of the year , its going to be very heavily policed by Mod, Police, QHM and the volunteers . We are the first to moan if non coded qualified ribs are operating . The way i see it you gets the boat inspected (again) you gets a sticker what ever to say so ,then when you are on the water during the event you should not have a problem. By the way local authority boats have to have an inspection every year. It gonna be a great event can't see the problem of MCA trying to make their job easier by having a up todate list of coded boats operating during the summer months and the big events at least you would hope they have a record so if they do see you out and about a quick radio call to see if you are on the list and you should be left alone Regards Tim
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I don't have a problem with coded boats being checked as such, and I genuinely don't have a big beef with the MCA giving a coded boat the once over. what i do have a problem with is reinventing the wheel!

What I have a problem with is the cowboys not being checked on the water whilst the coded boats are! I mean just how many MCA vessels are gonna be on patrol 4 maybe 5 so just when do the norty boys get checked. What irritates me is the way the resouces are being deployed I don't see it as being the most effective use of manpower! Perhaps they could draft in some of the uncoded volunteer boats to check out the coded vessles on the water!

Are they gonna do house calls or do we have to go to the trouble of launching/or delivering the boat, which takes time which is money! (admittedly not a lot)

I must have a good point if Jon Brooks agrees with me!

Duncan when your boat is being coded isn't the safety eKwipments serial numbers and expiry dates recorded!
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This is the case of most Government agencies unfortunately.

I used to spend lots of time looking for illegal operations but now we are told there isn't enough money in the pot to do that any more and we should regulate the exisiting "legal" operations. We now only carry out enforcement action on sites that we "discover".

Its not ideal and I'm the first to admit its not fair on the legal ones but unfortunately it will continue until there is money in the pot.

I don't think everybody here quite realises what is involved in doing stop checks, surveilance and the like. Its not like the Bill where they get into and Astra with a camcorder and start shooting! It takes a long time to set up, get permissions, find the resources etc etc etc.

Also you may find that the MCA might have to have a "reasonable suspicion" before they board a boat. Thats quite difficult to stand up in court and say "the rib next to me had eight people on it and looked comercial compared to the one on other side which had eight on board too"

Its a very difficult one to call and plus throw in the sea and all the problems that causes, well IMHO they deserve a lot of credit for what they do.
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