The definitions of the various vessels coming under the jurisdiction of the Department of Small Craft are listed here for the convenience of the public.
LAUNCH - a vessel whose length does not exceed 7 meters
MOTOR LAUNCH - a launch driven by means of an inboard or outboard motor
PASSENGER-CARRYING LAUNCH, also known as COMMERCIAL LAUNCH - a launch which is carrying, or is intended to carry fare-paying passengers, or carry out various marine activities.
BOAT - a vessel whose length is more than 7 meters, up to 24 meters.
PASSENGER-CARRYING BOAT also known as a COMMERCIAL BOAT - a boat that is carrying, or is intended to carry fare-paying passengers.
PERSONAL WATER CRAFT (PWC) also known as a JET-SKI - a vessel driven by a water-pumping (jet) motor which is able to carry up to 3 passengers including the crew. It is operated riding astride or by standing upright and it is driven using a lateral handle-bar.
SAILING BOAT - a vessel whose length is between 7 and 24 meters, driven by oars and/or sails, which is not intended to carry a motor and does not carry such motor, operated within the framework of a Nautical School, a Marine Sports Organization or any other organization acknowledged by the ASP as such, and is sailing under the supervision of a Safety Officer nominated by that organization.
TRAINING BOAT - a boat carrying students and /or trainees of marine subjects, which has been recognized as such by the ASP .The operator of such a boat will require a grade 60 certificate (for operating a boat on voyages abroad) and a grade 40 certificate (for operating a passenger-carrying boat). While carrying fare-paying passengers, all relevant regulations concerning a passenger-carrying boat will apply to this boat, including the prohibition of carrying more than 12 passengers on a voyage abroad.
SERVICE BOAT - a boat designated for rendering harbour services only, such as towing small craft, mooring services to ships, carrying a pilot and carrying passengers to and from ships - provided the boat is also permitted to carry passengers.