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Passenger Boats

Under the Merchant Shipping Act 1992 all passenger boats carrying up to twelve passengers for reward   are required to hold a valid  passenger boat licence.  The Merchant Shipping (Passenger Boat) Regulations were introduced in June 2002 under section 18 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1992, as amended.  These Regulations require all passenger boats to comply with the safety requirements applicable to their class of vessel as set out in these Regulations.

To obtain a passenger boat licence the boat must be surveyed by one of our marine surveyors who must certify that the vessel complies with the Regulations.

Radio requirements for different classes of Passenger Boats are covered in Statutory Instrument No. 273 of 2002 and guidelines for the installation of radio communications equipment on Passenger Boats are attached below.

 

SI No. 273 of 2002   Merchant Shipping (Passenger Boat) Regulations 2002.

These Regulations require all passenger boats to comply with the safety requirements applicable to their class of vessel as set out in these Regulations.

SI No. 555 of 2002 Merchant Shipping (Passenger Boat) (Amendment) Regulations 2002.

These Regulations amend the Merchant Shipping (Passenger Boat) Regulations 2002 bringing forward the commencement date to 1 January 2003 and making minor technical and drafting amendments to the requirements of the Regulations.

SI No. 648 of 2003 Merchant Shipping (Passenger Boat) (Amendment) Regulations 2003

These Regulations amend the Merchant Shipping (Passenger Boat) Regulations 2002 and the Merchant Shipping (Passenger Boat)(Amendment) Regulations 2002 in relation to the definition of an "existing passenger boat" and clarify the requirements applicable to existing passenger boats.

Marine Notice No. 10 of 2003 Merchant Shipping (Passenger Boat) Regs 2002.

Application for a passenger boat licence     

Also available from the Marine Survey Office, Department of Transport, Leeson Lane, phone no. 01 6783400. 

Licensing of Passenger Boats (Exemption) Regulations 2002

These Regulations specify the class of vessels which are exempted from the requirement to have a passenger boat licence under section 14 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1992 and the safety requirements to be met in relation to each exempt vessel.

The following class of vessel is exempt:

Vessels, being open vessels of no less than 4 metres in length, carrying no more than 3 passengers on board for the purpose of angling and engaged on domestic voyages in smooth waters on canals, rivers, lakes and loughs.

Owners are required to make a declaration stating that they carry the required safety equipment.  Declaration forms available from the Marine Survey Office, Department of Transport, Leeson Lane, phone no. 01 6783400. 

SI 274 of 2002 - Licensing of Passenger Boats (Exemption) Regulations 2002

These Regulations specify the class of vessels which are exempted from the requirement to have a passenger boat licence under section 14 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1992 and the safety requirements to be met in relation to each exempt vessel.  

SI 556 of 2002 - Licensing of Passenger Boats (Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2002

These Regulations amend the above Licensing of Passenger Boats (Exemption) Regulations 2002 bringing forward the date of commencement to 1 January 2003 and making a minor amendment to the construction requirements of the Regulations.

Marine Notice No. 1 of 2003

Standards of materials, fixtures and fittings acceptable to the Minister for use on the class of vessel exempt under Licensing of Passenger Boats (Exemption) Regulations, 2002, as amended.

Competency Requirements for Skippers of Passenger Boats

New competency requirements require that skippers of passenger boats (vessels licensed to carry not more than 12 passengers) undergo appropriate training and testing to operate a passenger boat. The Regulations also require that all skippers of passenger boats hold a valid certificate and a commercial endorsement from 1 April 2006.

The Minister has appointed the Irish Sailing Association and Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) as appointed bodies for the purpose of issuing certificates and commercial endorsements under the Regulations.

SI No 649 of 2005  Merchant Shipping (Passenger Boat Manning) Regulations 2005

These Regulations introduce competency requirements for masters of passenger boats. The Regulations will apply to passenger boats of classes P1-P6 of less than 80 gross tons or less than 24m registered length as described in Regulation 3 of the Merchant Shipping (Passenger Boat) Regulations 2002.

Marine Notice No 27 of 2005

(1) Merchant Shipping (Passenger Boat Manning) Regulations 2005

(2) Nomination of Irish Sailing Association as an appointed body under the regulations

Marine Notice No. 4 of 2006.

Nomination of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) as an appointed body for the purposes of the Merchant Shipping (Passenger Boat Manning) Regulations 2005.

Marine Notice No 50 of 2008

Approved Training Course Providers Under STCW 78/95


Equivalency Rules


Commercial Sailing Craft - Passenger Boat Licence - Rules of Equivalency (COMSAIL Rules)