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Domestic Survey Operations

The Domestic Survey Operations team provides operational technical support with respect to the survey operations of the domestically trading commercial fleet.

This includes domestic passenger vessels, fishing vessels, Code vessels, High Speed Craft, including The High Speed Offshore Service Craft Code HSOSC, hovercraft, sail training vessels, submersible craft, vessels of Classes IX, IX(A) and IX(A)(T) and Chain Ferries. Guidance on vessel classification and certification can be found on GOV.UK.

The Branch is the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's Certifying Authority. MIN 538 amendment 6 (M) provides contact details of MCA authorised Certifying Authorities.

The team also provide technical expertise and input to stakeholders, including interfacing between industry, innovation, operations and policy with regards to facilitating the MCA's regulatory response and development to the innovative technological developments.

Contact the Domestic Survey team

You can email the team at:

Tel: 020 381 72190 / 72456

Code Vessels

The Domestic Survey Operations branch is the MCA’s Certifying Authority for Code vessels.

MIN 538 amendment 6 (M) provides contact details of MCA authorised Certifying Authorities

The Code Vessel team is responsible for the policy, development and maintenance of the Small Craft Codes of Practice and regulatory framework for small commercial vessels up to 24 metres. This principally covers both the workboat (The Workboat Code Edition 3); sport & pleasure sectors, and a wide array of policy areas, including:

  • Vessel structure and stability
  • Survey and certification
  • Lifesaving and firefighting apparatus
  • Machinery and propulsion systems
  • Protection of personnel and safety management

Email the Code Vessel team

You can email the team at