The Boat Safety Scheme, or BSS, is a public safety initiative owned equally by the Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency. Its purpose is to help minimise the risk of boat fires, explosions, or pollution harming visitors to the inland waterways, the waterways' workforce and any other users.
It is the boat owners responsibility to ensure their vessel meets or exceeds the minimum requirements set out at all times not just once every 4 years. It is often a requirement of insurers as well as the licensing authority.
The Boat Safety Scheme Examination can seem quite daunting. As a recently qualified examiner I have a good understanding of the 179 checks it covers, reference materials and hence have a good understanding of what the minimum requirements are. I should mention here though - not all checks apply to all boats. In 2021 the scheme trained 40 new examiners and these were the first newly trained examiners in over 6 years. I am one of those 40 having qualified in the first part of 2022.
I will only be conducting examinations at the docks and as such providing an extra service rather than being a dedicated examiner. I am not Gas Safe qualified so limited to private leisure boats and those liveaboards with an Alde bubbles tester currently.