Passenger Boat Regulations

What is a passsenger boat?

A passenger boat means-

( a ) a vessel carrying not more than 12 passengers for reward or having on board for the purposes of carriage for reward not more than 12 passengers, or

( b ) a vessel that is carrying not more than 12 passengers, or has on board for the purposes of carriage not more than 12 passengers, and is on hire pursuant to a contract or other arrangement under which a crew or part of a crew is provided for the vessel by its owner,

and includes a vessel carrying not more than 12 persons to or from their place of work, or having on board not more than 12 persons for the purposes of such carriage, and owned by or on hire to their employer and a vessel registered outside the State and carrying not more than 12 passengers between places in the State, or having on board not more than 12 passengers for the purposes of such carriage, but does not include such a vessel carrying passengers to or from the State or having on board passengers for the purposes of such carriage or a vessel in respect of which a certificate is in force.

What is a passenger?

A passenger means any person carried on a vessel other than-

( a ) the owner or a person to whom the vessel is on hire or a person employed or engaged in any capacity on board the vessel on the business of the vessel, or

( b ) a person on board the vessel either in pursuance of the obligation laid upon the master of the vessel to carry shipwrecked, distressed or other persons or by reason of any circumstances that could not have been prevented or forestalled by the master or the owner of the vessel;

What regulations apply to passenger boats?

With effect from the 1st January 2003, all vessels operating as passenger boats are required to comply with the Merchant Shipping (Passenger Boat) Regulations, 2002, as amended, by the Merchant Shipping (Passenger Boat) (Amendment) Regulations 2002.

Are any vessels exempt?

Vessels, being open vessels of no less than 4 meters in length, carrying no more than 3 passengers on board for the purpose of angling and engaged on domestic voyages in smooth waters on canals, rivers, lakes and loughs are exempt from the requirement to have a passenger boat licence. This exemption is subject to compliance with the Licensing of Passenger Boats (Exemption) Regulations, 2002 as amended by Licensing of Passenger Boats (Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 which specifies the safety requirements to be met in relation to each exempt vessel and requires the owner to complete and submit to the Minister for stamping by him or her a declaration that the vessel complies with the safety requirements set out in Regulation 4.

How do I proceed with an application?

Complete a Survey Form 6 Application Form  and forward to the Mercantile Marine Office, Department of Transport, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2. mmo@dttas.ie

What class of passenger boat is my vessel?

For the purposes of the regulations, passenger boats are arranged into the following Classes 

Class P1. Passenger boats with no more than three passengers on board used for domestic voyages in smooth waters in the course of which the passengers are engaged in activities other than those specified in Class P4.

Class P2. Passenger boats with no more than twelve passengers on board used for domestic voyages in smooth waters in the course of which the passengers are engaged in activities other than those specified in Class P4.

Class P3. Passenger boats with no more than twelve passengers on board used for domestic voyages in smooth waters, in partially smooth waters or to sea in the course of which the passenger boats are within fifteen miles (exclusive of any smooth waters or partially smooth waters) from their designated points of departure and within three miles from land.

Class P4. Passenger boats with no more than three passengers on board used for domestic voyages in smooth waters, in partially smooth waters, within harbour limits, or to sea in the course of which the passenger boats are within half a mile (exclusive of any smooth waters or partially smooth waters) from their designated points of departure; provided that the passengers are engaged exclusively in the course of their employment in connection with marine civil engineering, survey of harbour limits, dredging or similar commercial activities.

Class P5. Passenger boats with no more than twelve passengers on board used for domestic voyages in smooth waters, in partially smooth waters or to sea.

Class P6. Passenger boats with no more than twelve passengers on board used for domestic voyages in smooth waters, in partially smooth waters or to sea, in the course of which the passengers are engaged actively and solely in waterborne activities in which the passenger boats form an integral and necessary part of those activities.

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