The SCMS is taking over as fishing vessel certifying authority in the UK Photo: MCAThe SCMS is taking over as fishing vessel certifying authority in the UK Photo: MCA

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has appointed a new fishing vessel certifying authority for commercially registered fishing vessels in the UK.

The Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors (SCMS) is already a certifying authority under the MCA for small craft and workboats and has a number of surveyors who were authorised by the previous fishing vessel certifying authority, SEAFISH, to undertake such surveys on their behalf.

“Richard Blackhurst, previously head of survey at SEAFISH, will head-up this new service for us,” explained SCMS President, Allan Larsen. “He will be supported by a number of skilled surveyors from around the country as well as our existing office staff based in Southampton. We are delighted to have him on-board as he is a well-known and respected figure within the fishing industry.”

“Under UK law, it is a legal requirement that every fishing vessel has a coding certificate,” he continued. ”Owners or builders can now get in touch with the SCMS and we can advise which surveys are required at each stage of the build. The certification work that we then undertake will validate that a build has been completed in accordance with the applicable codes and regulations. The MCA will then take over the coding aspect of the vessel.”

The SCMS will be able to undertake new-build surveys and stability of new fishing vessels of less than 12m, and pre-registration surveys and tonnage measurements for fishing vessels less than 24m.

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