SURVEY OF COMMERCIAL YACHTS – Yachts of over 24m in load line length (carrying less than 12 passengers)

Statutory survey and certification requirements for Gibraltar registered commercial yachts are based on International Conventions. Yachts must also comply with the Large Yacht Code LY3.

Yachts of 24m in Load Line length and above, must be classed with one of Classification Societies accepted by Gibraltar. These are:

ABS, BV, DNV AS, LR, RINA and ClassNK

Gibraltar has also designated the above Classification Societies as Recognised Organisations.

The Gibraltar Maritime Administration (GMA) delegates all of the statutory surveys to the approved classification societies with the exception of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code, Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) and Passenger Yacht Code surveys.

Ship visits for audits and inspections are harmonised where possible.

Table 1 sets out what the GMA and Classification societies are responsible for when surveying large yachts.

Table 1: Yachts (over 24m in load line length (carrying less than 12 passengers) GMA/Classification Societies survey and Certificationfunctions

 

Certificate Application Certificate issued Initial/Renewal survey or audit by Annual/Intermediate survey or audit by
Registry All Gibraltar --- ---
Safe Manning Document All Gibraltar --- ---
Int. Tonnage All Class --- ---
Large Yacht Compliance All Gibraltar Gibraltar Gibraltar/Class
Load Line All Class Class Class
Radio > 300 GT Class Class Class
Oil Pollution >400 GT Class Class Class
Air Pollution >400 GT Class Class Class
Energy Efficiency >400 GT Class Class Class
Sewage Pollution >400 GT or > 16 persons Class Class N/A
Safety Construction >500 GT Class Class Class
Safety Equipment >500 GT Class Class Class
ISPS >500 GT Gibraltar Gibraltar Gibraltar
ISM >500 GT Gibraltar Gibraltar Gibraltar
MLC >500 GT Gibraltar Gibraltar Gibraltar
DMLC (Parts I and II) All Gibraltar Gibraltar Gibraltar
LRIT Conformance Test Report > 300 GT ASP --- ---
Anti-fouling Certificate >400 GT Class --- ---
Anti-fouling Declaration >24 and >400 GT Owner --- ---

 

KEY:

  1. a) Radio*: Yachts less than 300GT shall ensure the GMDSS radio installation is subjected to survey annually by a Class-approved radio surveyor and a survey report shall be retained on board.
  2. b) MLC#: Yachts less than 500GT are subject to the same survey requirements as those over 500GT but are issued on completion with a Statement of MLC Compliance in place of an MLC certificate.

Note: In cases where vessels opt for voluntary compliance with statutory requirements, they will be treated in the same manner as if the requirements were mandatory.

Passenger Yachts (carrying more than 12 passengers)

Statutory survey and certification requirements for Gibraltar registered passenger yachts are based on International Conventions. Yachts must also comply with the Passenger Yacht Code.

Yachtsmust also be classed with one of Classification Societies accepted by Gibraltar. These are:

ABS, BV, DNV AS, LR, RINA and ClassNK

Gibraltar has also designated the above Classification Societies as Recognised Organisations.

The Gibraltar Maritime Administration (GMA) delegates all of the statutory surveys to the approved classification societies with the exception of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code, Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), Passenger Certificate and Passenger Yacht Code surveys.

Ship visits for audits and inspections are harmonised where possible.

Table 2 sets out what the GMA and Classification societies are responsible for when surveying large yachts.

Table 2 – Passenger yachts (carrying more than 12 passengers) GMA/Classification Societies survey and Certification functions

 

Certificate Application Certificate issued Initial/Renewal survey or audit by Annual/Intermediate survey or audit by
Registry All Gibraltar --- ---
Safe Manning Document All Gibraltar --- ---
Int. Tonnage All Class --- ---
Passenger Yacht Compliance All Gibraltar Gibraltar Gibraltar
Load Line All Class Class Class
Passenger Ship All Gibraltar Gibraltar Gibraltar
Oil Pollution >400 GT Class Class Class
Air Pollution >400 GT Class Class Class
Energy Efficiency >400 GT Class Class Class
Sewage Pollution >400 GT or > 16 persons Class Class N/A
ISPS >500 GT Gibraltar Gibraltar Gibraltar
ISM >500 GT Gibraltar Gibraltar Gibraltar
MLC >500 GT Gibraltar Gibraltar Gibraltar
DMLC (Parts I and II) All Gibraltar Gibraltar Gibraltar
LRIT Conformance Test Report > 300 GT ASP --- ---
Anti-fouling Certificate >400 GT Class --- ---
Anti-fouling Declaration >24 and >400 GT Owner --- ---

 

KEY:

  1. a) Radio*: Yachts less than 300GT shall ensure the GMDSS radio installation is subjected to survey annually by a Class-approved radio surveyor and a survey report shall be retained on board.
  2. b) MLC#: Yachts less than 500GT are subject to the same survey requirements as those over 500GT but are issued on completion with a Statement of MLC Compliance in place of an MLC certificate.

Note:In cases where vessels opt for voluntary compliance with statutory requirements, they will be treated in the same manner as if the requirements were mandatory.

Commercial Yachts of less than 24m

Survey and certification requirements for commercial yachts of under 24m are based on the requirements of the UK safety codes of practice for small (up to 24m) vessels.

Small commercial yachts must certified by one of Certifying Authorities accepted by Gibraltar.

These are:

  1. American Bureau of Shipping (ABS);
  2. Bureau Veritas (BV);
  3. Class NK (NK);
  4. DNV AS;
  5. Lloyd’s Register (LR);
  6. MECAL Ltd;
  7. International Institute of Marine Surveyors (IIMS);
  8. RegistroItalianoNavale (RINA);
  9. Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyor (SCMS);
  10. Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YBSA).

 

The Gibraltar Maritime Administration (GMA) generally delegates all of the statutory surveys to the approved Certifying authorities.