Small Commercial Vessel

All UK owned Small Commercial Vessels must comply with the relevant Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Codes of Practice and be issued with certificates by an Authorised Certifying Authority, of which the YDSA Certifying Authority is the largest.

A Small Commercial Vessel is defined as "a vessel in commercial use that:

  • Is up to 24 metres load line length
  • Carries no more than 12 passengers (i.e. excluding crew)"

Does my Vessel need to be Coded?

If you wish to charter your boat or use it commercially, you must comply with the Codes of Practice. This includes occasional commercial use as well as permanent use and also includes boats such as sport fishing boats, RIBs used for rides for the public, boats taking workers out to wind farms and oil rigs, etc.

 There are many different Codes of Practice that cover:

  • Sailing charter vessels, including skippered and bareboat
  • Motor charter vessels, including angling and dive boats
  • RIBs operating commercially
  • Workboats
  • Pilot boats
  • Police boats
  • Hovercraft

You will need to use one of our Coding Surveyors to perform an initial Compliance Examination. Along with the appropriate paperwork, this starts a certification cycle lasting five years.

This five year cycle is subject to annual renewals and will require additional surveys to be performed by your Nominated Coding Surveyor, the frequency of which depends on the Code of Practice and the nature of your boat’s operations.

Overseas Administrations

We are also an authorised Certifying Authority for the following overseas administrations that are part of the Red Ensign Group:

Application fee for the issue of a compliance certificate (1st year)
(Fees in this table are VAT Exempt)
Price (£ GBP)
Vessels under 15m LOA and not in the below criteria
140.00
Vessels between 15m and 19m in length
265.00
Vessels under 19m in length operating in Categories 0 and 1
265.00
Vessels under 19m in length carrying 16 or more persons, over 1000 Kg cargo, or engaged in lifting, towing or Pilot Boat operations
265.00
All vessels 19m in length and over
380.00
Annual Renewal fee for the issue of a compliance certificate (years 2 to 5)
(Fees in this table are VAT Exempt)
Price (£ GBP)
Annual renewal fee for vessels <15m not requiring annual examination by the Certifying Authority
85.00
Annual renewal fee for vessels between 15m and 19m in length not requiring annual examination by the Certifying Authority
170.00
Vessels under 19m in length requiring an annual examination by the Certifying Authority
170.00
All vessels 19m in length and over
190.00
MLC Compliance Fees
(Fees in this table are VAT Exempt)
Price (£ GBP)
MLC (Maritime Labour Convention 2006) Compliance
95.00
Vessel Stability Fees
(VAT should be added to fees in this table unless otherwise stated)
Price (£ GBP)
Issue of Stability Category (vessels not requiring stability books) (this fee is VAT Exempt)
75.00
Intact Stability (checking of stability books)
from 515.00
Damaged Stability (checking of stability books)
from 515.00
Sailing Multihulls (checking of stability books)
from 465.00
Additional Fees
(VAT should be added to fees in this table)
Price (£ GBP)
YDSA Administration fee (e.g. issue of duplicate certificates, 3 month extension)
from 55.00
Retrieval of files from archive (typically vessels that have not been coded for 2+ years)
from 25.00

Compliance Examination - Surveyor's Fees

The fees for the Compliance Examination are negotiated with and paid directly to the Coding Surveyor. The quoted fee will be on the basis that the vessel is presented for examination already compliant with the Code requirements. An additional charge may be made for a return visit or providing assistance with stability information.

New Applications for 5 Year Examinations

For vessels new to us use this link for payments (remember to send us your completed SCV1):

Annual Renewals

For vessels due for their annual renewal (you may need your invoice/request for payment):

5 Year Cycle Renewals

For vessels due their 5 year renewal use this link for payments (remember to send us your completed SCV1):

Administration Fees

For various administration fees including retrieval and extension fees:

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