Vessel certification and inspections

Our range of services for boatbuilders and fishermen includes inspecting vessel construction and certifying vessels for UK commercial use.

These services include: 

New fishing vessel certification

All new vessels under 24m in length must be constructed and certified to Seafish construction standards before being registered as a UK commercial fishing vessel. Vessels under 7m need hull certification only; vessels between 7m and 15m need hull and outfit certification; and vessels between 15m and 24m need hull and outfit certification, as well as MCA certification.

The application form for new vessels can be found here, along with information about procedural requirements.

Registration inspections

We would like to advise that the above service which Seafish provided on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) terminated on 30th November 2017 and Seafish will no longer undertake comparison inspections / re-inspections after this date.  Could you therefore please contact the MCA on 202 3817 2000 or your lcoal marine office to discuss alternative arrangements.


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