Boat Safety Scheme

The Boat Safety Scheme was launched in 1997 and eventually became mandatory on the Broads in 2007. It was created by British Waterways and the Environment Agency to minimise the risks of fires and explosions on boats cruising the UK's inland waterways network, by specifying a set of requirements that most boats must meet before they can be granted a navigation licence.

The Scheme also recommends a number of 'safety best practice' measures which enhance the personal health and safety of those on board privately owned boats.

The BSS Examination is required once every four years and must be carried out by a registered Boat Safety Scheme Examiner. Aspects of the BSS Examination include; Inboard Engines, Fuel Tanks & Fuel Systems, Electrical Installations, Batteries, Battery Compartments, Electrics & Fusing, Electrically Propelled Vessels, Outboard & Portable Engines, Fire Prevention & Extinguishing Equipment, LPG Installations, Appliances, Flueing & Ventilation, Pollution, Hire Boats & Safety Features. For more information follow the link below:

At Freshwater Marine Services our in house BSS Examiner was one of the first to register in the Norfolk & Suffolk area back in 1999 and now has many years experience undertaking these examinations on both Hire & Private Cruisers as well as dealing with the governing bodies.

Also playing an active role on the committee for the Anglian Region of the Association Of Boat Safety Examiners.

What Our Clients Say

We have used William Kirby of Freshwater Marine for several years to conduct our Boat Safety Scheme Inspections and LPG work. William is excellent to work with, always punctual and we value his expertise and knowledge. He works well with our customers, providing them with clear and specific information and advice. William is also a skilled engineer and craftsman. William has become a trusted and valued extended member of our team.
Samuel Dacre, Managing Director - MarinePower Engineering Ltd & Brundall Gardens Marina