Introduction to the PRIVATE boat ECPs

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The 2013 Examination Checking Procedures (ECPs) detail the methods by which the Boat Safety Scheme and its owners, the Navigation Authorities, require examinations to be performed on privately owned and privately managed vessels.

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NOTE: Private Boat ECPs from 2013 - Remember to discuss these points with owners

If the boat owner wants to know only what has changed from the 2005 version without downloading the whole BSS Examination, a summary of key points is available for printing and posting, or emailing, or send the owner this link to the pdf.

LPG cylinder lockers - boat owners must ensure the BSS Examiner can carry out careful checking of the LPG cylinder locker for condition, including the removal of all loose portable items, base protection mats, removable false floors and the temporary removal of connected LPG cylinders.

Discuss theLPG cylinder locker arrangements with the owner in advance of the examination as this may require his attendance or him making prior arrangements involving service agents.

LPG lockers not accessible enough to allow an assessment of condition will involve the BSS Examiner having to return to carry out the check with the obstruction removed.

Where a boat uses A.C. shore-power and other a.c. power sources, the following notes on connection leads should be taken into account -

  • If practicable and safe to do so, boat owners should disconnect shore-power, battery charging, and other power sources in readiness for the BSS examination;
  • Boat owners should make available the shore-power, battery charging or other power source leads for examination of type and condition.
  • Information about the location of the a.c. consumer unit should be made known to the examiner in advance of the BSS examination.

For those examiners authorised for non-private craft, hire boats, unregulated passenger boats and other boat non-private boats continue to be assessed against all BSS Checklist Items listed in BSS Examination Checking Procedures Edition 1, dated April 2002.

The 2013 BSS Examination Checking Procedures linked to above, were developed from the 2005 and 2002 versions They detail the methods by which the Boat Safety Scheme and its owners, the Navigation Authorities, require examinations to be performed on privately owned and privately managed vessels.

In respect of private boats, examiners are required to follow the 2013 checking procedures (above) and satisfactory performance will be assessed against them.  It is critical that BSS examiners are familiar with these checks to help ensure that the delivery of the examination process is consistent and fair.

Examiners will be notified of updates to the checking procedures on this website in the ECP updates section and the relevent pages of the downloadable checking procedures will also be changed as and when change happens.

Any questions or comments about the ECPs, or any suggestions for revision or improvement, can be directed to the quality and technical manager at the BSS Office.

 

 

Archive versions of 2005 ECPs for reference only:

BSS A Introduction ECP Edition 2, Rev ii - Sep 2009 information_90x90
BSS B Part 2 ECP Edition 2, Rev ii - Sep 2009 information_90x90
BSS C Part 3 ECP Edition 2, Rev ii - Sep 2009 information_90x90
BSS D Part 4 ECP Printers Version 10 Aug 05 information_90x90
BSS E Part 5 ECP Printers Version 10 Aug 05 information_90x90
BSS F Part 6 ECP Printers Version 10 Aug 05 information_90x90
BSS G Part 7 ECP Printers Version 10 Aug 05 information_90x90
BSS H Part 8 ECP Printers Version 10 Aug 05 information_90x90
BSS I Part 9 ECP Printers Version 10 Aug 05 information_90x90
 
Appendices Intro information_90x90
Appendices A information_90x90
Appendices B information_90x90
Appendices C information_90x90
Appendices D(Aug 07) information_90x90
Appendices E information_90x90
Appendices F information_90x90
Appendices G information_90x90
Appendices H information_90x90
Appendices I information_90x90
Appendices J information_90x90
Appendices K information_90x90
Appendices L information_90x90