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How to apply for a certificate to operate a pleasure vessel?

Marine Department

According to the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) (Certification and Licensing) Regulation, the following types of vessels shall not be underway unless a person who is a holder of appropriate certificate is on board in charge of the vessel –

  • Class IV vessels (i.e. auxiliary powered yacht / cruiser / open cruiser); or
  • Ancillary vessels of a Class IV vessel;

which are more than 3 metres in length overall, or are fitted with engines of more than 3 kilowatts total propulsion power.

Appropriate certificate refers to -

  1. A local certificate of competency as a pleasure vessel operator; or
  2. Equivalent certificate as specified in the Local Certificate of Competency Rules.

Persons who wish to apply for a local certificate of competency as a pleasure vessel operator must be at least 18 years of age, and pass the relevant examinations. For details of application and examinations, please call the Marine Department (Tel: 2852 4941), or click here to browse the website of the Marine Department.

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Last update: 26 Aug 2021
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