The introduction of the Shipping (Safety of Navigation) (Jersey) Order 2009 is part of Jersey’s responsibility under chapter V of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, otherwise known as SOLAS V.
Most of the SOLAS Convention applies only to large commercial ships, but parts of SOLAS V apply to small, privately owned pleasure craft.
If during an investigation into a boating incident it was shown that a contributory factor to the incident was non-compliance with these requirements, then appropriate legal action may be taken.
Passage planning is an essential requirement of SOLAS V, and details what items pleasure vessels in excess of 7 metres long are legally required to carry.
SOLAS V requires:
- electromagnetic compatibility of onboard systems
- recording navigational activities
- lifesaving signals
- assistance to other craft
It also covers the misuse of distress signals.