Hire boats, passenger vessels, commercial and business boats

Hire boats*, (this may include timeshare/shared-ownership boats where there is letting involved in some of the timeslots) and floating businesses** (such as cafés or shops) fall within scope of the Gas Safety [Installation and Use] Regulations (GSIUR).

As such, the law demands that anyone contracted to 'work' on the LPG system of a boat in scope must be (LPG boats-competent) Gas Safe registered.

As the definition of 'work' covers the removal and replacement of a screw nipple on a gas test point, the scope of the GSIUR includes carrying out BSS LPG tightness test.

Therefore, on a boat in scope of GSIUR, examiners who are not Gas Safe registered can only complete check 7.12.2 (confirming gas tightness) by either:

  • undertaking a gas tightness test using a bubble tester where fitted and correctly located; or,
  • observing the tightness test conducted by a (LPG boats-competent) Gas Safe registered installer

 Note on the BSS Examination for

*Hire boats -boats that are let or hired under an arrangement, whether or not on a pre-contract basis; or the subject of a bare boat charter arrangement; or the subject of any form of third-party managed shared-use arrangement (including timeshare or shared ownership). These will be examined by specifically authorised BSS Examiners to the Hire Boat Requirements, from April 2017

**non-private boats - If a vessel is a trip boat, rented residential boat, floating business or some other form of commercial or public vessel, the boat will be examined to the 2002 BSS Standards.