Introducing a new Code of Practice: Small fishing vessels only

Over the last 10 years, 46 people have died on small fishing vessels, so the MAIB have made several recommendations to improve your safety and make the water a safer place for all fishermen.

What this means for you
Some recommendations came into force in 2017 under a new Code, MSN1871. To address the others, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) have been developing a new Code of Practice for Small Fishing Vessels.

The Code introduces new requirements for all vessels in:

Have your say
There will be a public consultation in Autumn where you can help shape the new Code by telling us what you think. If you would like to receive a reminder when the consultation is live, please request an email alert by visiting:

To find out more
The MCA will be hosting a roadshow around the UK so you can come along and ask questions. To find out when we will be visiting your area, follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates.

A reminder about ILO 188: for all vessels
On 31 December 2018, new regulations came into force introducing requirements for:

Key changes for everyone
There are two key changes that apply to all vessels that you need to know about:

Next steps
We recommend that you read the full regulations and guidance on how they apply online:

Safety folder

To help you comply, industry have developed a Safety Folder. As well as addressing ILO188, it also helps manage crew certification, provides reminders for servicing and maintenance, and gives access to M-Notices. To set up a folder visit: