There are three different types of Marine Notice;
- Merchant Shipping Notice (MSN)
- Marine Guidance Note (MGN)
- Marine Information Note (MIN)
These Notices publicise to the shipping and fishing industries important safety,
pollution prevention and other relevant information.
Merchant Shipping Notices are used to convey mandatory information that must be
complied with under UK legislation. These MSNs relate to Statutory Instruments and
contain the technical detail of such regulations.
Marine Guidance Notes give significant advice and guidance relating to the improvement
of the safety of shipping and of life at sea, and to prevent or minimise pollution
Marine Information Notes are intended for a more limited audience e.g. training
establishments or equipment manufacturers, or contain information which will only
be of use for a short period of time, such as timetables for MCA examinations. MINs
are numbered in sequence and have a cancellation date (which will typically be no
more than twelve months after publication).