Your PCA membership updates and news August 2020
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2020 Professional Charter Association AGM 

We had to cancel the earlier date for our AGM this year as the pandemic broke in the UK.  We set a preliminary date of TUESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2020 for rescheduled event.  We are monitoring the pandemic and what can run and also if the Hotel in Southampton can operate safely for us.  We will plan a virtual screen to join as usual but fear this may be cumbersome with all of us on it.  We will keep you posted but please pencil in your diaries this date.

We may not know for some time if the Government guidelines will change on what we are permitted to do.
Thank you
COVID Sanitising 
Over a month ago we identified a useful way to sanitise your boat after before or clients are aboard. This was a company selling Safe2Stay canisters which are set off wishing the boat and you vacate whilst it works. Works in two minutes and ready to go in 20 minutes. 

We are aware quite a few members decided to use this product and have continued to do so as part of their management of COVID 19 compliance.  Here is a small video we did at the time

We have arranged for a members 10% discount for this product , available direct and using our discount code in members section of the website.

We have also now secured another option called X Mist.

They have a vehicle canister however for boats we recommend the room canisters as they are bigger and cover a larger area. 
Members can buy the cans at £6 per can plus VAT.
Tel: 0121 758 5818

As our industry restarts from the lockdown, do you have any special deals or offers you wish to promote?

We have added a section to the public side of our website where you can advertise for free as a member.

Check out the page here:-

All you need to do is contact our great webteam John and Jaki by email at

Advertise those great deals on charters , training and trips for free.

Please make use of this before the season ends, from experience and talking to other operators and clients , everyone is looking for boat trips in the good weather and listening to clients are even planning next year staying in the UK

Certifying Authorities have been updating vessel owners of changes relating to operations overseas from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency with regards to deficiencies raised on UK flagged Code vessels operating overseas.

Please read the attached MGN 416 if operating outside UK waters

The Maritime and Labour Convention (MLC) is the main document you need to be up to speed with and carrying if overseas with all areas updated and compliant here

MGN 601 (M) Maritime Labour Convention: Crew accommodation for small vessels of less than 200GT that are ordinarily engaged in commercial activities-
The MCA have written a letter covering concerns to Vessel Owners covering the above areas. Please be aware and up to date if you operate abroad-

In the recent past we have had a few code boats detained abroad for various deficiencies. This is to draw the attention of all such code boat operators operating boats abroad. You are requested to ensure that all relevant personnel have a good understanding of the guidance provided in MGN 416. Please note that Port State Authorities are under no obligation to accept UK certificates for vessels in their waters and seafarers’ certificates acceptable to the MCA in accordance with the Small Commercial Vessel Codes of Practice may not be acceptable to other Administrations.

Some of the common areas which have been found to be deficient are listed below. This is not to be considered as a comprehensive list. Operators are requested to ensure compliance with the following amongst other requirements:

  1. 1)  Crew have the appropriate qualifications for the intended voyages. Vessels on international voyages will be expected to have STCW qualified personnel. For personnel not holding UK certificates of competency, a certificate of equivalent competency would be required. These can be applied for by email to

  2. 2)  The manning levels on board are adequate for the intended voyages. This can be confirmed with the seafarers training & certification branch at the MCA. Although a safe manning document is not mandatory, one can be requested voluntarily by emailing

  3. 3)  Records of hours of rest are maintained for all seafarers on board and the hours of rest should always remain in compliance with the requirements of MLC 2006 .

  4. 4)  All seafarers have Seafarers Employment Agreements (SEAs) which should be compliant with the requirements of Standard A2.1 of MLC 2006.

  5. 5)  All seafarers have a medical certificate as required by MLC 2006.

  6. 6)  The vessel has the requisite financial security in place e.g. P&I cover, cover for repatriation and ship

    owners’ liability as required by MLC 2006.

  7. 7)  The report of inspection for MLC to be available on board. This inspection is to be carried out once

    every 3 years.

  8. 8)  The vessel is in compliance with MARPOL annex VI. The Bunker Delivery Notes (BDNs) should be

    available on board, which provide evidence of the sulphur content of the fuel oil in use. Engines above 130kW installed on or after 1st January 2000 require an Engine Air Pollution Prevention (EIAPP) certificate.

  9. 9)  Appropriate stability information to be available on board. In cases where approval is required, copy of the approved booklet to be available on board.

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  1. 10)  Nautical publications and charts for the area of operation need to be available on board and kept updated as required.

  2. 11)  Voyage plans are berth to berth.

  3. 12)  Ship’s equipment to be maintained/serviced as required and should be in good operational order.

  4. 13)  All areas of the ship to be maintained in a clean, hygienic, and safe manner e.g. engine room,

    galley, deck, wheelhouse.

It is recommended that operators seek advice from the relevant Port State Authority on their requirements for certification, both for the vessel and for the crew, before accepting work overseas.

Do you have a fantastic image of your charter boat working?  
We are updating the home page of the PCA website and want to put your boats in the main rolling images.  It needs to be good, it needs also to be 1900 wide by 800 pixels down minimum.
We also need to make sure it shows everyone having fun and a compliant boat.  Send your images to as soon as possible and lets get you noticed until the next update.
The government has confirmed that the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund (RHLGF), the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and the Discretionary Grant Fund should close by 28 August 2020 - if you have not accessed this area of support and believe you are entitled then check this link-

Also latest self employed help link-

1. We continue to monitor updates from all government agencies on changes in each area of the UK concerning our operations and what is permitted.  If you see a new guideline or regulation update for your area please send this to us so we can advice others.  As separate districts are placed under separate rules we may need to be very flexible and must remain up to date 

2. Every one of us linked to the marine world will have seen recent events unfold in Southampton. We have been made aware by some of the local operators that the media have been calling companies for a response. The PCA have a prepared response should anyone be approached, please ask them to email the Chair.

During this very sad time for all involved we must ensure we keep our council and not speculate or comment and allow the Authorities to investigate. In the mean time our thoughts are with all those involved or affected. 

Facebook and Twitter

Hopefully everyone is aware we run a Facebook and Twitter account for the PCA.


Twitter @PCA_Charters

PLEASE LIKE and FOLLOW these pages,  and also if you are on Twitter and Facebook we can share and retweet your great posts, If you don't post we cant advertise you for free!!!

The PCA fully support this register of coded charter vessels and is part of your membership

Dont forget to keep using social media, it's free and we use it to promote your business too
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