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The Merchant Shipping (Local Passenger Vessels)(Masters' Licences and Hours, Manning and Training) Regulations 1993

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Grades and area restrictions of licences

6.—(1) A licence under this Part shall bear the title “Boatmaster’s Licence” and shall be of one of the following grades, that is to say—

  • Boatmaster’s Licence, Grade 1

  • Boatmaster’s Licence, Grade 2

  • Boatmaster’s Licence, Grade 3;

and the grade of the licence shall be stated in the licence.

(2) The grade of licence appropriate in respect of a vessel when being navigated in waters specified in column (1) of the following Table and carrying a number of passengers specified in relation to those waters in column (2) of the Table shall be either that specified in relation to those waters and that number of passengers in column (3) of the Table or (where the grade so specified is 2 or 3) a higher grade than that so specified:

WatersNumber of passengersMinimum Grade of Licence
Category A13 or more3
Category B13 to 1003
over 1002
Category C13 or more2
Category D13 to 1002
over 1001
Sea13 to 1002
over 1001

(3) A licence of any grade issued under this Part shall be subject to such restriction as the Secretary of State shall determine as to the area or areas in which a vessel may be navigated under the command of the holder; and every such restriction shall be stated in the licence.

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