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1.1.8 The Code provides guidance for MASS which are registered in the United Kingdom, specifically those less than 24 metres in length, and to other similar MASS operating within the United Kingdom or United Kingdom waters (at sea and/or inland waters).


1.1.9 It is considered that it can also be applied effectively to MASS operating in other parts of the world under similar environmental and operating conditions to those of the UK.


1.1.10 United Kingdom registered MASS, to which this Code applies, when operating outside of United Kingdom waters, may however be subject to additional requirements of overseas administrations. Owners/operators/managing agents should contact the relevant administration controlling those waters regarding the acceptability of the Code and any other requirements to which they may have to adhere.


1.1.11 Compliance with the Code in no way obviates the need for MASS operations to comply with relevant bylaws made by either the local/navigation authority or the port/harbour authority for the area in which the MASS operates. Local authorities may, for instance, have powers to require MASS to have third-party insurance cover, and to set the level of that cover.


1.1.12 Additionally, recognising that some MASS operate both at sea and on inland waterways, attention is drawn to the common approach to vessel safety adopted by the major UK inland navigation authorities. Owners/operators/man- aging agent(s) of such vessels should also comply with any applicable requirements of any relevant authority for the area of operation. It should also be noted that local authorities may also have powers over the use of the foreshore and landing places, and to issue licenses for their use.


1.1.13 Designers and builders of MASS will need to pay special regard to the intended area of operation and the working conditions in which a MASS will be subjected when selecting the standards for the design and specification of the craft, and the materials, products or components to be used in its construction. The builder, repairer or owner/managing agent of a MASS, as appropriate, should take all reasonable measures to ensure that a product, material or component fitted, or used in accordance with the measures in the Code, is suitable for the purpose intended, having regard to its location onboard the MASS, the area of operation and the weather conditions which may be encountered.


1.1.14 When new standards are developed and finalised by the British Standards Institution (BSI), European Committee for Standardization (CEN), International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Organization for Standardisation (ISO), International Electro-technical Commission (IEC) or any other international bodies, which impact upon the requirements of the Code, amendment of the Code may be considered immediately.


1.1.15 In accordance with the EU Directive 1998/34/EC, as amended by 98/48/EC, laying down a procedure for the provision of information in the field of technical standards and regulations, any requirement for goods or materials to comply with a specified standard should be satisfied by compliance with:


n a relevant standard or code of practice of a national standards body or equivalent body of any EEA State; or n any relevant international standard recognised for use in any EEA State; or n any relevant technical regulation with mandatory or de facto mandatory application for marketing or use in any EEA State in so far as the standard, code of practice, technical regulation or process in question enables the requirements for safety and fitness for purpose of this Code to be met in an equivalent manner. This should include consideration and acceptance of sub-contracted materials.


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