Applicability: All yacht owners and operators

The third edition of the Large Commercial Yacht Code (LY3) entered into force on 20 August, 2013, when the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) was introduced.

LY3 applies to yachts which are 24 metres and over in load line length, are in commercial use for sport or pleasure, do not carry cargo and do not carry more than 12 passengers.

For the most part, the Code applies to new yachts constructed (having their keels laid) on or after 20 August, 2013. However, there are some retrospective requirements for existing yachts surveyed against the previous versions of the Code – LY1 and LY2. These yachts must now comply with the LY3 requirements for: lifejackets, radio equipment, long-range identification and tracking (LRIT), bridge navigational watch alarm systems (BNWAS), and some operational aspects such as manning, personnel certification and crew agreements.

These retrospective requirements are detailed in section of the Code. Under the conditions of LY3, they should be complied with by 20 August, 2013 or, failing that, within a time scale agreed with the vessel’s flag administration.

For all other items, existing yachts will continue to be surveyed against the LY1 or LY2 requirements.

What should owners and operators do now?

Owners and operators of existing yachts which are surveyed under the requirements of the Large Commercial Yacht Code should bring this information to the attention of their relevant employees and parties, and take any necessary action.

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