Originally Posted by Poly
Well, not quite? There are ways beyond 12+crew they are just prohibitively complicated for normal use.
As a general rule, commercial vessels will automatically be granted the right to carry 12 pax. anything beyond this requires a separate certificate termed a PC (passenger certificate) issued by the MCA.
This requires a completely separate survey to be carried out annually in order for the certificate to be re-issued. It will also stipulate a minimum number of crew required based on howmany passengers are carried and the trading pattern of the vessel. for example if you wanted to carry 20pax on a fishing trip 12 miles out to sea then the MCA could stipulate a minimum of 4 crew but only 3 crew if the vessel stays in Cat C waters. The stipulations of the PC can sometimes be quite complicated. The LSA provisions on board also change dramatically when you start dabbling with PC's to the point that, unless the nature of your business specifically involves the transport of pax's then it's something best avoided....PITA.
Out of all the cargoes a vessel can carry, PAX's. Are the worst!
They have to be kept at at a suitable temperature, kept in a stable condition, entertained, fed, watered (and then subsequently taken care of when they need to be drained), they are fragile and generally time sensitive, and when any of the above conditions are not met.... They moan whinge and complain!
Those on here that make a living transporting Pax's... I tip my hat to you. :-)
personally, would rather transport sheep any day! lol.
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