Boatmaster Training Terminology and Definitions
“Boatmaster” means the person in command of an inland waterways vessel.
“Passenger vessel” means a vessel carrying more that 12 passengers
“Small Passenger vessel” means a vessel that carries not more than 12 passengers and does not go to sea
“Passenger” means ANY person carried on a vessel (fare paying or not) except:-
(a) a person employed or engaged in any capacity on board the vessel on the business of the vessel;
(b) a person on board the vessel either in pursuance of the obligation laid upon the master to carry shipwrecked distressed or other person, or by reason of any circumstance that neither the master nor the owner nor the charterer (in any) could have prevented or forestalled; and
(c) a child under one year of age.
“Person” shall mean all people on board the vessel irrespective of age;
‘’Crew’’ – a person employed or engaged in any capacity onboard a vessel on the business of the vessel.
“inland waterways” means:-
Categorised Waters A, B, C and D as defined and listed in Merchant Shipping Notice (MSN) 1776, as amended; and any non-categorised inland waters.
Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1776 (M) Categorisation of Waters
The four categories of waters are as follows:
Narrow Rivers and canals where the depth of water is generally less than 1.5 metres.
Wider rivers and canals where the depth of water is generally 1.5 metres or more and where the significant wave height could not be expected to exceed 0.6 metres at any time.
Tidal rivers and estuaries and large, deep lakes and lochs where the significant wave height could not be expected to exceed 1.2 metres at any time.
Tidal rivers and estuaries where the significant wave height could not be expected to exceed 2.0 metres at any time.