In 2010 The British Red Ensign Group (REG) published a consultation paper on the proposed “Passenger Yacht Code” (PYC). The Code of Practice applies to pleasure yachts of any size, in private use or engaged in trade, which carry more than 12 but not more than 36 passengers and which do not carry cargo.

The Code was developed to address the difficulties in applying some of the international Convention standards (in particular the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention and the Load Line Convention), which were designed for “merchant” ships, to the present day “super yacht”. The Code in no way dilutes Convention standards but provides equivalent standards and arrangements, where appropriate, aimed at addressing in a pragmatic and practical way the challenges imposed by the design operation and usage off today’s large yachts. The Code provides standards for both privately operated and commercially operated yachts.

By way of comparison the PYC may be viewed as a natural progression, although philosophically very different, from the very successful UK “Large Yacht Code” which sets out standards for commercial yachts over 24m, less than 3000gt and carrying not more than 12 passengers.

The First Edition of the Passenger Yacht Code was published in November 2010 and the most recent edition in January 2016 – a copy of which may be obtained below:

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Passenger Yacht Code (2.94mb PDF)


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