Official MCA Log Books

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Official Log Books

The Merchant Shipping Act 1995 (s.77) (MSA 1995) requires an Official Log Book to be carried on UK flagged ships, except for: 

  • a ship belonging to a general lighthouse authority; 
  • a ship of less than 25 gross tons; or 
  • a pleasure yacht

Official MCA Logbooks are provided free of charge to UK registered vessels.

To order your official MCA Logbook please email ukshipregister@mcga.gov.uk and provide the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Address to send the log book to
  • UK Registered Vessel Name(s)

You can request Logbooks for multiple UK registered vessels at the same time. 

The Merchant Shipping (Official Log Books) Regulations 1981 specify the particulars to be entered in official log books or annexes to them; the persons who should make, sign and witness such entries; the manner; the time of making them and the provision for their amendment or cancellation; and the manner, times and circumstances for the production and delivery of official log books to the appropriate superintendent or proper officer. The official log book contains pages for each type of entry required which ensures that the entries are completed in a way which complies with the regulations. 

 

Further information is available through Statutory Instruments (Official Log Books) Regulations.