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MCA publishes new Yacht Manning Guidance for engineers on yachts

31 July 2023

The MCA have revealed the much anticipated new Yacht Manning Guidance framework which sets out the principles of Safe Manning and the new requirements for holders of the engineering Yacht Certificate of Competency.

Following industry discussions, the MCA have unveiled their new guidance which includes the Manning Guidance tables that can now be reviewed by yacht crew.

The new guidance is a must-read for crew and yacht owners across the industry, covering important areas including:


  • The MCA and the UK’s approach to small yachts with large engines

  • The requirements for additional endorsements

  • Additional endorsements that can be requested by the holder of a Yacht CoC

  • Additional endorsements that can be requested by the holder of a EOOW III/1 CoC

Some vessels require crew to have a Yacht Rating Certificate as part of their safe manning requirements. Having this certificate can improve your chances of finding a job and ensure that you are able to access all the opportunities available to you in the yachting industry.

“The position held onboard by the seafarer must be reflected by the capacity and limitations in their CoC. The exception is where a vessel is under 500 GT and not a passenger ship (where SOLAS and STCW do not apply) and that operate within the near-coastal area (up to 150 miles from a Safe Haven). For these non-Convention sized vessels, The MCA has allowed for holders of an MCA issued non-STCW certificates to take on the role as an Engineer Officer, as per the manning table.” – UK Maritime & Coast Guard Agency

To access the latest guidance, you can download the document here.

For further reading, visit the UK Government’s website here

If you require assistance in obtaining a Yacht Rating Certificate, you can access our service to begin the process of verification or, as a full PYA member, you can make this request to us.

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