Member Update: Changes to requirements for Medical Kits | MSN1905

Published: 15 April 21

If you survey, manage, own or operate a commercial yacht then we'd like to draw your attention to the main requirements of a recent MCA change. We also bring this to the attention of our brokers too.

Owners and operators of small commercial (Coded) vessels certificated for area categories 2 to 6 will be familiar with the orange bag containing a Category C Medical Kit. A change to the standard of these kits means they need to be changed to the upgraded version at the point of expiry. The advice we give is skippers, operators or owners ask their supplier for a Cat C kit compliant with MSN1905 at the point a new one is needed - to be sure that they don't fall foul of this change.

For any small commercial vessel certificated for area category 0 or 1 and carrying a Category A medical kit, the requirement is slightly different in that it needs to be changed for the new MSN1905 version by your next MLC renewal, by the expiry date, or within a year (by March 2022) - whichever is first.

For large yachts (over 24m) the requirement is also to change your Category A Medical Kit by your next MLC renewal, by the expiry date, or within a year (by March 2022) - whichever is first

Our members are politely requested to advise their clients on this subject and refer them to the subject notices which also contain information on a new requirement for risk assessment to consider the potential need for additional medical equipment.

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