Boat Safety Scheme Examiners

Boat Safety Scheme Examiner

Marine Surveys Ltd Marine Surveys Ltd are a team of professional surveyors who take regular instruction from Navigation Authorities, private boat buyers & owners, fleet operators, insurance companies, engine marinisers & boat builders. Website

To qualify for a licence all boats based on UK Inland Waterways have to be inspected every four years under the Boat Safety Scheme. The scheme is jointly sponsored by the Canal and River Trust (CRT) and the Environment Agency (EA) and aims to reduce the risk of fires, explosions and poisonous gases on inland waterway boats by specifying a set of standards that most boats must satisfy before they will be granted a CRT or Environment Agency licence to be based on or to navigate the waterways. The requirements cover the fitting of fires, cookers, heating appliances and engines, and also stipulates minimum ventilation requirements. There are also some 'advice only' items. You can download a copy of the BSS Essential Guide here. All boaters are urged to fit and regularly test smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors. Although boat fires and deaths due to carbon monoxide poisoning are fairly rare, they are inevitably tragic, and usually avoidable. Just a few breaths of toxic smoke from a fire can knock a sleeping person unconscious, unlikely to survive even a limited fire.


If you are buying a boat note that the Boat Safety Scheme examination does not cover other areas of a boat's condition, for instance the state of the hull, engine or most internal features. It should never be used as a basis for buying or valuing a boat, you should get a marine surveyor to provide an expert opinion if you want to buy wisely.


Boat Safety Scheme Examiners
Craig Allen Marine Limited Midlands & South   0797 3939 123
Andy's Marine Services Bedfordshire   0791 9948813
Ashby Canal Centre Midlands   01455 212636
Jim Atwell Harlow, Essex   07725671509
Derek Barnett London, Herts, Kent   07973 258563
Christopher Berry Midlands, S. Glos, S. Wales, S. Coast, S. West   07710 175871
Blue Star Surveys Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire   01405 769129
Boat Safety Surveys Essex   01255 861422
Broadcut Marine West Yorkshire   07855 930051
Peter Brown Hampshire   07973 630861
Canal Electrics Northamptonshire, Warwickshire   07793 060628
Andy Clarke Oxfordshire   07860 577480
Crew Marine South & Midlands   091628 531478
Nigel Carton All UK   07989 388109
CS Marine Consultants Ltd Kent   07825 575979
Dave Devonport Northwest England   07971 510145
Dickinson Technical Services Ltd Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands   01270 812086
Dragon Canal Services North West England, North Wales   079764 12658
DRS Marine Leeds   07962 398530
Mark Edwards Cheshire/Shropshire   07970 384047
Andrew Ferguson North Wales Area   07841 352535
Des Fforde Stroud, Gloucestershire   07973 835120
Gallion Marine Surveys Lincolnshire   07866 857032 
Hands On Marine Ltd Sawley Marina   0790 888 5034
Heritage Narrow Boats Macclesfield canal   07980 171051
Peter Hopley (Acorn Engineering) N W England, N Wales, W. Yorks   0161 336 2680 
Iain Jones (Jannel Cruisers) Burton on Trent   01283 540006
Itsc Marine Ltd Northwest   07743 355509
07743 355072
Rhys Killin Yorkshire and Lancashire   07748 861795
Lancashire Marine Electrical Services North West England   07767 375450
Lanford Boat Examiners High Wycombe   07836 573687
Marine Surveys Ltd - SEE TOP Cheshire   07831 184495
Simon Merritt Notts./Lincs.   07889 663467
Bob Naylor Kennet & Avon, Devizes   01380 840584
NDL Boat Services Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire & Leicestershire   07780 697624
HPC (Marine) Ltd Huntingdon, Cambs   01480 462735
Ocaid Boat Work Manchester & Liverpool   07720 399729
Philip Patterson West Yorkshire and around   01132676886
Paul Cailey Boats North West England   07403 311744
Andrew Phasey Midlands and South   07850 753633
Tony Pope Ely, Cambs   07833 393928
Prentice Marine Worcester / Midlands / UK   079844 63725
Quest Marine Surveys Lancashire   07816 643804
Bill Rayner Yorkshire & Lancashire   07710 213312
RF marine services Ltd Midlands   07764 238270
Rupert Smedley Staffs, Chesh, Derbys, Shrops, West Midlands   07973 538690
Roger Squires North West UK   01772 782692
Alan Stewart Beds/Bucks/Northants/Norfolk/Southern Midlands   01234 767156
07976 900113
Star Line Boats Coventry Canal, Nuneaton   07870 622730
Stephen Swanick Cheshire, Shropshire, Lancashire, N. Wales   07786 364608
Technical Support Ltd Worcestershire   07831 407943
Tough Surveys Ltd London and the South East   020 8977 4494
Tucker Designs Hemel Hempstead   01442 253775
W A Shrubb narrowboats Northants   01327 704153

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