The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) launched the new Large Yacht Code (LY3) at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show and replaced LY2 on 20th August 2013 (the same date that the MLC came in force).
LY3 was developed by an industry working group in order to keep up with developments in the industry and amendments which have subsequently taken place with the international conventions for which the codes provide an alternative means of achieving compliance, more suited to these particular types of vessels.
LY3 has also been brought up to date to include the latest technology in radio communication equipment and requirements for masts and rigging for sailing yachts. Compliance with the standards of the Code will entitle a superyacht to be issued with certification upon satisfactory completion of surveys and inspections. An administration may consider a specific alternative standard however to any of that required by the Code. The Code includes alternative requirements for crew accommodation which provide substantial equivalence to the MLC, but are more in keeping with the practicalities and purpose of these yachts. The LY3 also assists other Flag States such as those which fly the Red Ensign who wish to apply the new code according to their own requirements and laws.
The MCA published a Merchant Shipping Notice (MSN 1851 (M) – LY3) in September 2013 stating that LY3 was now in force.
Since the publication of LY3 other Flag States have published their own Codes – see below.
The Large Yacht Code (LY3) (1.77mb PDF)
Background to the Large Yacht Code (18kb PDF)
MSN 1851 (M) – LY3 (48kb PDF)
Marshall Islands Commercial Yacht Code (1.97mb PDF)
Cook Islands Large Yacht Code (1.63mb PDF)
UAE Yacht Code (1.5mb PDF)