MCA Inspections, Solent, Summer 2005
As you will almost certainly be aware there are a number of high-profile events taking place during the summer months in the Solent, including the International Fleet Review, the International Festival of the Sea, the return of the Global Challenge fleet, Cowes Week and the British Powerboat Grand Prix.
If you are planning on operating your vessel for non-pleasure purposes during these events the MCA understands that you would prefer not to be boarded during when you may have clients onboard. Please arrange a pre-summer 2005 inspection during April, May and early June with the MCA. If your vessel has not received a pre-summer 2005 inspection the MCA may board during one of the summer events in the Solent to ensure compliance.
We would expect to find that all vessels operating for non-pleasure purposes are carrying an appropriate statutory certificate for their area of operation. An appropriate certificate may be a Local Authority Licence for operation within the Solent, or a Small Commercial Vessel Certificate. Those vessels with Small Commercial Vessel Certificates for a sport or pleasure vessel should comply with the Code of Practice for which a certificate of compliance has been issued to the vessel even though the vessel is not at sea. A copy of the certificate should be onboard (however on a RIB or other open vessel, I would recommend a copy of the certificate is carried, or the certificate is laminated).
Although not at sea, on a skippered charter we would expect the minimum qualification of the skipper on a Small Commercial Vessel to be a commercially endorsed RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate (for a motor vessel), and a commercially endorsed RYA Day Skipper Practical (Sailing), (for a sailing vessel). On a bareboat charter, the owner should be satisfied that the person in charge of the vessel is capable of operating the vessel. If the vessel is on a bareboat charter, but being used for further commercial work, the standard minimum manning requirements (above) apply.
To arrange an pre-summer 2005 inspection or if you have any questions please call the MCA’s Southampton Marine Office on 023 8032 9329.