MGN 684 (M) Safety of powered watercraft

This MGN explains the dangerous use provisions of the MSA to powered watercraft, the obligations and offences for different actors, and the role of the MCA as the main statutory authority for enforcement.


Notice to all users, operators and owners of powered watercraft. This notice will also be relevant to statutory harbour authorities, harbour masters, and police and local authorities whose areas of responsibility extend to UK waters (including UK national waters) in which powered watercraft are used; as well as to other seafarers who may encounter powered watercraft.

This notice should be read with This notice should be read alongside the Merchant Shipping (Watercraft) Order 2023 (SI 2023/35), MGN 665MSN 1781 and MCA’s Enforcement Policy Statement.

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