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.

MCA Official Logbooks:

To order your official MCA Logbook please email and provide the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Log Book Type (Part 1 Merchant, Part 2 Passenger or Fishing Vessel)
  • Address to send the log book to  (for orders destined for Europe, please include a contact telephone and EORI Number)
  • UK Registered Vessel Name(s)

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

GMDSS, Garbage and Oil Record Logbooks:

Please be advised that GMDSS Log book, Garbage Log book, Oil record books are available from the TSO Shop:

Engine and Deck Logbooks:

Engine and Deck log books are available from ship’s chandlers and chart agents. 


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.