REG Yacht Code
New Red Ensign Group Yacht Code
Teamwork between members of the Red Ensign Group (REG) and the
industry as a whole has led to the creation of a new yacht
The REG Yacht Code, which is being launched today (13 Nov) at
the Global Superyacht Forum in Amsterdam has taken into account all
the expertise gained across almost two decades of regulating the
large yacht sector since the first version was published by the
Maritime & Coastguard Agency in 1997.
In its new format, the Code is made up in two parts with common
annexes - such as for over-side working systems, sailing vessels
and helicopter landing areas. It will keep the familiar format of
the existing REG codes while being more dynamic to industry change
Work has been carried out across the REG to get the new code
ready for its launch and also within the industry. One consultation
alone brought in more than 700 comments as part of that active
discussion with those involved with large yachts.
The new REG Code combines the existing Large Yacht Code 3 and
the Passenger Yacht Code into one document and will come into force
on 1 January 2019, to give the industry time to become familiar
Sir Alan Massey, CEO of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency
said: 'In the superyacht sector, the Red Ensign is the flag of
choice and its yacht code is the international standard for yacht
construction and operation.
'This has been an excellent example of how well the Red Ensign
Group works both together as a team and also with the wider
industry to make sure we continue to be that. We maintain the
highest maritime safety standards but also recognise that we must
take into account a changing industry.
'This represents a lot of work over many months and includes
many innovative measures to meet the specific needs of the Large
Yacht Sector. The Red Ensign Group has made a point of listening to
the industry to create this code and all of us will continue to
listen to help support the industry to get ready for it as it comes
Jo Assael, senior surveyor and yacht code specialist for the
Cayman Islands Shipping Registry, worked with industry to help
shape the new code.
He said: 'We wanted to make the code more usable and wrote in
greater flexibility so that naval architects, designers and owners
can get what they want out of a superyacht. It was important to
make sure that we are regulating for today and not for how yachts
were being built when this code first came out in 1997.
'Although the codes remain mostly the same, we want to make sure
that within this prescriptive framework, we have equivalent
arrangement clauses. These support innovation and point to
alternative SOLAS design routes as an alternative which would be
just as safe as the prescriptive one.
Yacht Code - Part A
Yacht Code - Part B
REG Yacht Code - Annexes