Boatmasters Licence

Transport written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Peter Viggers Peter Viggers Conservative, Gosport

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.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

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.

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