THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BOAT OWNERS

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Boat Safety Scheme

After 31 March 2013, boat owners will no longer have the task of sending off the blue copy of their Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) Certificate to the boat’s registration or licensing body as the examination recording process has moved into a central online database system with direct input from BSS examiners.

After a successful boat examination, the owner will get a copy of a new, receipt-style certificate, called a BSS Examination Report, to keep for their own records.

The process of sending the blue copy of the Boat Safety Scheme Certificate (BSSC) to the boats registration or licensing body is ending on the 31 March 2013.

The change has been made possible because all navigation authorities participating in the Scheme have access to the BSS central database where they can double check your boat’s certification details and expiry date and most authorities will no longer use printed and posted BSS documents to administer boat registration and licensing applications. The change allows BSS examiners to provide directly the new-look certificates either as electronic files, or printed on plain paper in black ink.
The new-look certificate, or BSS Examination Report, may include any failure notifications and advisory information, combined in one multi-page document.
Existing BSS Certificates will continue to remain valid until reaching the expiry date.

You can read more here.

The BSS web site is here and you can view an example of the revised certificates.