Licensing a Pleasure Vessel
Applying for the Operating Licence for Your Vessel
You should fill in the application form (Form M.O.407), follow the guidance notes of the form and return it to the Marine Department along with the required documents and a cheque for the prescribed fee.
After receipt of the application form, with all the details checked and found in good order, a licence will be issued to you. You can check out the link below for more details.
Ensuring the Operator is certified
The person in charge of your vessel must be a properly certified pleasure vessel operator. To acquire the certificate for operating your boat, the operator can take the examinations for Pleasure Vessel Operator Certificate of Competency under the Seafarer’s Certification Section of the Marine Department. The grade of the certificate must be appropriate to the scale of your boat.
Your vessel should be covered by third party risk insurance of not less than HK$5,000,000 (for those pleasure vessels permitted to carry more than 12 passengers let for hire or reward, coverage requirement is HK$10,000,000). For information on where to acquire such insurance coverage, you may contact the Licensing and Port Formalities Section of the Marine Department at 2852 3082.
Complying with Survey Requirements
Depending on its categories, your vessel shall have plans approved and be surveyed by the officer of the Marine Department, an authorized surveyor or organization. After that, a Certificate of Survey or a Certificate of Inspection will be issued to you.
The Local Vessel Safety Section of the Marine Department provides vessel owners with guidance on complying with the safety and environmental protection standards required by law. You can also find informative materials about vessel safety here.
Once you have licensed your vessel, you should observe closely the regulations concerning local vessels as well as environmental protection measures required by law.