Red Ensign Group Yacht Code

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Information regarding the Red Ensign Yacht Code

Collaboration between members of the Red Ensign Group (REG), which includes the UK, and the industry as a whole has led to the creation of a new yacht code.

The REG Yacht Code, which was launched on 13 November 2017 at the Global Superyacht Forum in Amsterdam, has taken into account all the expertise gained across almost two decades of regulating the large yacht sector since the Code of Practice for the Safety of Large Commercial Sailing and Motor Vessels, or LY1, was published by us in 1997.

In its new format, the Code is made up of two parts with common annexes - such as for over-side working systems, sailing vessels and helicoptor landing areas. It will keep the familiar format of the existing REG codes while being more dynamic to industry change and development.

The REG Code combines the existing Large Yacht Code version 3 and the Passenger Yacht Code into a single document and came into force on 1 January 2019. 

We have created a document and annex which highlight the implementation of the REG Yacht Code and the retrospective requirements.

Our previous CEO Sir Alan Massey stated "In the superyacht sector, the Red Ensign is the flag of choice and its yacht code is the international standard for yacht construction and operation. This has been an excellent example of how the Red Ensign Group works both together as a team and also with the wider industry to make sure we continue to be that. We maintain the highest maritime safety standards but also recognise that we must take into account a changing industry.

The REG Code is in two parts with common annexes.

  • Part A relates to the Large Yacht Code.
  • Part B relates to the Passenger Yacht Code.