New MCA Safety Guidance for Small Vessels
The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has published a set of 6 Marine Guidance Notes (MGN) to reinforce what is good practice in terms of safety when going out to sea.
The new MGNs are intended to be used by all designers, builders, surveyors, owners, managing agents, skippers, crew and Certifying Authorities of yachts and powerboats - including pleasure vessels and small commercial vessels.
This guidance has been issued in a bid to reduce the risk of any accidents occurring on Yachts and Powerboats at sea as a result of not following the most acceptable standards of safety required.
MGN 617 (M) Emergency Procedures, Equipment and Actions – Good Practice.
MGN 616 (M) Rigs and Rigging – Good Practice for Inspection.
MGN 615 (M) Preparedness for Non-Coastal Passages – Good Practice.
MGN 614 (M) Stowage of Life-Saving Appliances – Good Practice.
MGN 613 (M) Grounding of Fixed Fin Keel GRP Yachts – Good Practice.
MGN 612 (M) Maintenance, Modifications, Damage and Repairs – Good Practice.
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It is good practice to discuss and document any identified risks, mitigating actions and supporting procedures and drills. It is only through the regular practice of emergency procedures and drills that an owner, operator and their crew will become more comfortable with how to respond in an emergency.
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