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Introducing the most significant changes to the Boat Safety Scheme examination –January 2013 (Privately owned and managed boats)


The various small changes to the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) Examination Checking Procedures for privately owned and privately managed boats are in effect from 1 January 2013. BSS requirements for hire and other non-private boats are not affected by the current changes.


This is a summary of the main changes to the 2005 checks that appear in the BSS Essential Guide second edition. However, a complete version of the revised BSS Checks is published on www.boatsafetyscheme.org/boat- examination. The checks form the expected means of compliance with the navigation authorities’ legal requirements otherwise known as the BSS General Requirements for privately owned and privately managed boats. While most of the amendments were small editorial text revisions, the following information is an overview that points to all of the most significant revisions.


One new mandatory check has been introduced concerning portable fuel tanks in inboard engine spaces. 2.15.3 This is a new check for portable fuel tanks within inboard engine spaces connecting to fixed engines. Such arrangements are not allowed. This disallowance includes portable tanks and other portable fuel system components. All such components and the connection between any portable fuel system and the permanently installed system must be located outside of the engine space and be compliant with BSS Part 5 checks see 5.1.2 below.


Portable fuel tanks are still allowed to feed permanently installed engines, but only when in an area outside of the engine space, see 5.1.2 below.


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