From November 2019, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) will be implementing the second stage of fee increases across the UK.
The phased increase in fees covers fees to survey a vessel and the seafarer medical examination fee.
The fee increases were carefully planned, with a public consultation carried out in 2016, so industry and all those affected have been involved every step of the way. As a result of this active consultation with industry, it was agreed to introduce some fees in stages to reduce the impact on both businesses and individuals.
Consideration was also given to the impact on small-scale operators. The survey fee increase should only affect 11% of fishing vessels – about 600 – as only those 15 metres in length or over need to be surveyed.
The second stage of the survey fees increase will be implemented in November 2019 from the current £120 to £147 per hour.
The Seafarer Medical Examination Fee will increase from £95 to £105 in November 2019. There is a further third stage due to take effect in November 2020, when the fee will increase from £105 to £115.
Fees for the UK Ship Register Large Yacht Services survey team remain separate and are not a part of the November 2019 increases.
You can find out more information about the MCA’s fees increases on our main fees page.