Compulsory Manning Levels

The various "Codes of Practice for Commercial Craft" are described in books published by the MCA. These describe in great detail the minimum qualifications for skippers & crew. The rules are complex & have many variable conditions, the following table provides a brief summary – but the original text should be referred to.

Operating area miles from a safe haven

Rib's & open boats <24 meters

Vessels < 24 metres

Vessels > 24 metres but < 200 tons

Vessels from 200 – 500 tons

Vessels from 500 - 3000 tons

CAT 6

(3 miles)

PBL2 or Day Skipper Practical (daylight)

PB Advanced (night)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

CAT 3

(20 miles)

PB Advanced or Day Skipper Theory & Practical (Mate)

Coastal Skipper

First Aid RYA

Mate

N/A

N/A

N/A

CAT 2

(60 miles)

YM Offshore

Mate

First Aid RYA.

YM Offshore

Mate

First Aid RYA

YM Offshore

Mate

First Aid MCA

Engineer

Master (Ltd 500gt)

Coastal Skipper

Medical First Aid

Engineer

Master (Ltd 3000gt)

Officer of the Watch

Medical First Aid

Engineer

CAT 1

(150 miles)

N/A

YM Offshore

Coastal Skipper

Medical Care

Engineer

YM Offshore

Coastal Skipper

Medical Care

Engineer

Master (Ltd 500gt)

YM Offshore

Medical Care

Engineer

Master (Ltd 3000gt)

Chief Mate

Medical Care

Engineer

CAT 0 (unlimited)

N/A

YM Ocean

YM Offshore

Medical Care

Engineer

YM Ocean

YM Offshore

Mate

Medical Care

Engineer

Master (Ltd 500gt)

Officer of the Watch

YM Offshore

Medical Care

Engineer x 2

Master (Ltd 3000gt)

Chief Mate

Officer of the Watch

Medical Care

Engineer x 2.


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Richard Brown (Principal) RYA Yachtmaster Instructor.