Information regarding the Red Ensign Yacht Code
Collaboration between members of the Red Ensign Group (REG), which includes the UK, and the industry as a whole has led to the creation of a new yacht code.
The REG Yacht Code, which was launched on 13 November 2017 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 Code of Practice for the Safety of Large Commercial Sailing and Motor Vessels, or LY1, was published by us in 1997.
In its new format, the Code is made up of two parts with common annexes - such as for over-side working systems, sailing vessels and helicoptor landing areas. It will keep the familiar format of the existing REG codes while being more dynamic to industry change and development.
Our now retired CEO Sir Alan Massey stated "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 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.
The REG Code is in two parts with common annexes.