The Department of Transport recently published the proposed ‘Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Bill 2013' with the intention of introducing a new register and regulations in 2014. The ISA has for a long time been campaigning for a statutory register that may be made available for recreational craft as required.
The proposed regulations will make it mandatory for all crafts to be registered, however there are some exemptions including: Recreational Craft of less than 24m in length (other than Personal Watercraft, and Small Fast Powered Craft greater than 200hp).
The ISA received notice yesterday that the department have invited any further submissions to be submitted by Friday the 31st of January. In advance of this deadline, the ISA would welcome any comments you may have that we might consider. Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
before Wednesday 29th January.
Details of the proposed Bill can be found here