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Boatmasters Licence

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the implications of the new national boatmasters’ licence on the operation of the Watermans’ Acts in Portsmouth harbour. (93563)

The boatmasters’ licence will become the national statutory qualification required for the operation of domestic commercial vessels in all inland waters and on limited coastal operations. Anyone holding a relevant BML will not ‘also’ be required to hold a locally issued licence for the same purpose.

The new regulations will therefore make the Watermans’ Acts obsolete, and we are discussing with the Gosport and Portsmouth Joint Board the revocation of those Acts.