Section 94 of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act 1907 (as amended) authorises Local Authorities to grant licences for pleasure boats and pleasure vessels to be let for hire or to be used for carrying passengers for hire and also for persons in charge of navigating such vessels. The text of Section 94 of the Act is given below.
SECTION 94 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH ACTS AMENDMENT ACT 1907
Section 94 of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act 1907 (as amended) authorises Local Authorities to grant licences for pleasure boats and for pleasure vessels let for hire or to be used for carrying passengers for hire, and also for persons in charge of navigating such vessels.
The Solent and Southern Harbour Master Association (SASHMA) have also issued guidelines.
Portsmouth City Council issues boat licences under this Act in accordance with the Solent Harbour Master's Association guidelines. The guidelines concern the safety of craft and their passengers and incorporate the MCA Inland Waters and Small Passenger Vessel Code, and are limited to vessels under 24m in length, carrying no more than 12 passengers, on voyages that do not exceed MCA category D waters.
Portsmouth City Council will licence boats operating from Portsmouth Harbour up to MCA category D waters. Which for the Solent covers the area.......
Application for a boat licence should be made on the form on this web site or on the form contained in the information pack available from N. Hardesty, Pilot/AHM, at Harbour Offices, Cruise and Ferry Port, Whale Island Way, Portsmouth PO2 8EB. Telephone: 023 9285 5937. Once completed the form should be sent to the above address.
Licences are issued after inspection, the fee for which ( currently £115) should be submitted with the application.
A checklist of requirements is included in the information pack but in order to minimize delay in the issue of a licence, applicants should note the following:
Except in the case of a bareboat charter, the skipper must be appropriately qualified. The following are considered acceptable:
Skippers to have a medical certificate. The following are considered acceptable:
NB Evidence of satisfactory colour vision , if not a marine medical certificate
Skippers to be in possession of a valid First Aid certificate. The following are considered acceptable.
Vessels must be in possession of a valid VHF radio licence and there should be at least one person on board holding an appropriate operator's licence for the equipment carried.
Lifejackets should comply with EN 396/150N or EN 399/275N as appropriate, not rely solely on oral inflation and be serviced according to the manufacturers instructions. Proof of service is required. For a boat licensed for night time use lifejackets must be fitted with approved lights. Children's lifejackets should be provided as appropriate. NB the requirement is for lifejackets - buoyancy aids are not acceptable.
In addition to the required Safety Brief, emergency procedures and safety equipment instructions including lifejacket donning, liferaft launching, and use of VHF must be readily available to passengers. There is no fixed format for this but it may take the form of a display book containing the appropriate instructions and information, available in the passenger area. For RIBs this might take the form of laminated instruction cards secured to the passenger area.
During the inspection, skippers will be required to demonstrate the correct donning and operation of the lifejackets, and to explain the launching of the liferaft and VHF procedures. (This should take the form of an example Safety Brief to passengers).
Flares and Smoke floats must be in date.
Fire extinguishers should be checked for the expire date or serviced in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.
First Aid kits should contain no time expired items.
A RADAR reflector is required, mounted if possible at least 3m above the waterline.
Application for a Boatman's licence should be made on the form on this web site or on the form contained in the information pack referred to above.
The minimum age for the granting of a licence is 18.
A licence is granted following successful examination, which consists of a written examination and a practical assessment (see syllabus below). The licence is valid for 3 years. Thereafter, the licence may be renewed on payment of the appropriate fee ( currently £40.00 ) and evidence of a valid medical certificate.
Examinations are conducted by appointment. The fee ( currently £90.00 ) should be submitted with the application.
In the event of a candidate failing the examination, a re-sit is possible after a minimum period of 30 days. There is a fee for a re-examination ( currently £55.00 ).
Persons with a MCA boatman's certificates, RYA Coastal Skipper certificate or above, or other higher qualification are exempted from all parts of the examination except for the section on local knowledge.
Licensed boatmen will be required to be in possession of an appropriate VHF operators licence, an approved medical certificate, a Basic Sea Survival certificate, and an approved First Aid certificate.
The candidate will be asked questions on the following subjects: