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Useful contacts for business boating

There are many other organisations that you may find it helpful to contact. Details for some of the most often referred to are given below.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

Responsible for inspecting large Skippered Passenger Boats, the Boatmaster's Licence, the Small Passenger Boat Code and the Hire Boat Code amongst other things.

Tel: 0870 600 6505

Environment Agency (EA)

Navigation Authority for many rivers not in Canal & River Trust care. Also gives advice on flooding, dredging regulations and the Waste Carriers Licence.

Tel: 0870 850 6505

British Marine

An independent body representing all boating industries. Advises on all aspects of running a boating business.

Tel: 01784 473377

Commercial Boat Operators Assocation (CBOA)

Organisation representing freight operators, those carrying cargo on cruising and remainder waterways and some waterway traders.

British Marine Inland Boating (BMIB)

An independent body representing businesses who offer trip, hire and hotel boats to the general public.

Tel: 0844 800 9575

National Community Boats Association (NCBA)

A national waterways charity supporting voluntary and community boating projects.

Tel: 0845 051 0649

Roving Canal Traders Association (RCTA)

A website dedicated to helping roving canal traders to communicate better with each other and with Canal & River Trust.

The Yacht Harbour Association (THYA)

An organisation specialising in advice and accreditation for marina businesses.

Tel: 01784 223817

Canal Boatbuilders Association (CBA)

An association specialising in advice for boat builders.

Tel: 0844 800 9575

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB)

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) produce a safety digest to draw attention to some of the lessons arising from investigations into accidents and incidents.

They have produced an incident report which customers may find useful as part of a handover process to warn of dangers to customers.

The document is available to download here.

The full report is also available to download from their website.

Last Edited: 21 August 2023

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