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The IPV Code and Safety Management Systems

Published on: 31 October 2019

Boat on the water

The Intended Pleasure Vessels (IPV) Code has been in force since January 2019. British Marine worked with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), Yacht Brokers Designers & Surveyors Association (YBDSA) and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) to limit the burdens on industry whilst ensuring the MCA is satisfied the vessels are operating safely whilst in temporary commercial use.

Under the IPV Code, the majority of the effected businesses which could include but is not limited to any business carrying out sea trials, compass swing, customer demonstrations, taking the vessel by water to a boat show, surveyor trails and delivery trips will simply have to create a safety management systems which they can self-audit and self-certify under. This is dependent on criteria such as the number of temporary commercial activities that take place per year, the area of operation and number of people on board that are clearly defined in the IPV code. For higher risk use the Safety Management Systems will have to be audited by the MCA.

The guidance to the pleasure vessels operational rules including the IPV Code can be found in MGN 599 here. British Marine members can get further advice and guidance on the creation and auditing of their Safety Management System through the British Marine Technical team on and also by enrolling on the British Marine Safety Management Systems course.