MCA Coding Surveys

The MCA Code of Practice is a commercial preparation of a craft to meet requirements for design, equipment installed and conduct. It is outlined in details in the 'Code' (MGN 280) as published by ther Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA). Whether a sight seeing day boat or charter yacht, the 'Code' is applied to that craft and stipulated the preparation of such to meet the requirements and to provide a safe environment for the paying public.

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Julian Smith of Hamble Marine Surveys is an appointed MCA Code of Compliance & MLC Surveyor through the RYA to carry out inspections on behalf of the MCA for vessel up to 24m of a loadline length.

Call us on +44 (0)755 4883606 or Contact us to arrange your initial, Mid-Term or 5 year Renewal Inspection. We survey across UK, Europe and Worldwide.

We are here to help, so if you are preparing your vessel to meet the Code for the first time, contact us for advice and guidance.


Following a career in new yacht commissioning and running charter fleets Julian Smith has over 15 years experience with preparing yachts to meet the MCA Code. He has worked closely with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) for many years who are one of the leading Certifying Authorities appointed to oversee the Code of Practice administration for the MCA.

Julian Smith of Hamble Marine Surveys is an appointed a RYA Code of Compliance & MLC Surveyor and sits as Chairman of the RYA Certifying Authority Committee (CAC).