Safety codes of practice for small (up to 24m) vessels

Workboat Code Edition 2

Safety codes of practice for small (up to 24m) vessels

Hello and welcome;
This is just a quick update on a few of the small craft codes released by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) late 2018 early 2019 for Small Craft in relation to Safety codes of practice for small (up to 24m) vessels.

THE CODE OF PRACTICE FOR INTENDED PLEASURE VESSELS IN TEMPORARY COMMERCIAL USE AT SEA (IPV Code)

What is it?
This Code of Practice has been developed in discussion with an industry Steering Group to provide a framework allowing vessels normally in use as a Pleasure Vessel to be in temporary commercial use (outside of the Pleasure Vessel definition) for specific, limited, purposes. It recognises the needs of Owners and Operators, and required UK practices.

Who will it apply to?
For Intended Pleasure Vessels, compliance with SI1998/2771 and SI1998/1609 is conditional on the temporary commercial use being within the scope of the application and conditions of the relevant Part of this Code of Practice. When considering if either part of this Code of Practice is relevant or applicable to the operation being considered, careful attention needs to be paid to the Pleasure Vessel definition and the description of application of the relevant Part to this Code of Practice. Examples of use within and outside the scope of this Code of Practice are provided but are not exhaustive. If in doubt, vessel owners and operators should seek their own independent legal advice about the status of a vessel/voyage after studying the guidance in MGN597, MGN598 and MGN599.

Where dose it apply?
This Code of Practice does not apply to a vessel which is undertaking sea trials, is being delivered, or used as a Race Support Boat wholly in a harbour, in a marina, on inland waterways, or in Categorised Waters which are defined in a Merchant Shipping Notice referenced in this Code of Practice. It is only applicable to temporary commercial use at sea, which is beyond UK Categorised Waters.

This Code of Practice does not apply to a vessel which is undertaking sea trials, is being delivered, or used as a Race Support Boat wholly in a harbour, in a marina, on inland waterways, or in Categorised Waters which are defined in a Merchant Shipping Notice referenced in this Code of Practice. It is only applicable to temporary commercial use at sea, which is beyond UK Categorised Waters.

More information can be found: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/764656/IPV_Code_-_01_January_2019.pdf

The Workboat Code – Edition 2
The Safety of small Workboats and Pilot Boats – a code of Practice

Published: 31 December 2018

Introduction:
This Code must, from the date of publication (31 December 2018), be used for new workboats and pilot boats. Existing workboats and pilot boats may also use the Workboat Code Edition 2, as an updated standard to the requirements of:- – “The Safety of Small Workboats and Pilot Boats – A Code of Practice”, published by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in 1998, in accordance with Regulation 8 of the Merchant Shipping (Small Workboats and Pilot Boats) Regulations 1998 (SI 1998 No.1609); or, – The technical Annex of MGN 280.

If this option is chosen, such existing vessels must comply fully with the requirements for construction, equipment and operation set out in the Workboat Code Edition 2. Alternatively, such existing vessels may continue to be operate and issued with Certification under the previous standards mentioned above. Please note that the“Workboat Code Industry Group Technical Standard”, published in 2014, is no longer recognized, and must not be used after the end of the relevant phase-in period, as described in MSN 1892 that gives legal force to this Code.

It should also be noted that, where any existing vessel upgrades, and phases-in, to the Workboat Code Edition 2 regime, it must do so fully. A vessel cannot meet a combination of the Workboat Code Edition 2 standards and those of earlier codes or standards. This Code should be read in conjunction with MSN 1892 and SI 1998 No. 1609.

What the code does
This Code aims to provide, in a single document, all the information needed for the design, construction, engineering, electrical systems, hull systems, fire protection, and provision of fire-fighting, life-saving, navigation and radio equipment. It also deals with the equally important subject of manning and of the qualifications needed for the senior members of the crew.

Application
This Code applies to small workboats that operate to sea, and to all pilot boats,carrying cargo and / or not more than 12 passengers or industrial personnel. It applies to such vessels that are United Kingdom (UK) vessels wherever they may be, and to non-United Kingdom vessels in UK waters or operating from UK ports.

The Code applies to all such vessels in commercial use, other than when in use for recreational, sport or pleasure use, for which there are more appropriate codes. Vessels need to comply with the applicable requirements of Edition 2 of this Code unless they are existing vessels that are eligible for the Saving and Transitional Provisions set out in Appendix 16.

Small workboats are vessels of less than 24 metres in Load Line length or, in the case of a vessel the keel of which was laid or was at a similar stage of construction before 21st July 1968, of less than 150 gross registered tons (measured in accordance with the regulations in force at that time).

Who is responsible
It is the responsibility of the owner/managing agent to ensure that a vessel is properly maintained, examined, certified and manned in accordance with the Code. The Code applies whether the owner/managing agent is corporate, private or of a charitable nature.

Areas of Operation
A vessel may be considered for the issue of a Small Workboat and Pilot Boat Certificate allowing it to operate in one of the following areas:

  • Area Category 6 – within 3 miles of land and not more than 3 miles radius from either the point of departure to sea or the seaward boundary of protected waters (see definition of “protected waters”), in favourable weather and daylight;
  • Area Category 5 – within 3 miles of land and not more than 3 miles radius from either the point of departure to sea or the seaward boundary of protected waters (see definition of “protected waters”) in favourable weather;
  • Area Category 4 – Up to 20 miles from a safe haven, in favourable weather and in daylight;
  • Area Category 3 – Up to 20 miles from a safe haven;
  • Area Category 2 – Up to 60 miles from a safe haven;
  • Area Category 1 – Up to 150 miles from a safe haven;
  • Area Category 0 – Unrestricted service.

Depending on the nature of the vessel and its use, a vessel may be restricted to less than the above specified limits. Such a restriction should be recorded on the Small Work Boat Certificate for the vessel and should be limited to
operations within Area Categories 3, 4, 5 and 6 only.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/769826/Workboat_Code_2_FINAL_12.18.pdf

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