International Code of Safety for High-Speed Craft (HSC Code) and SOLAS 1974, Chapter X, Regulation 3.
high-speed craft which are engaged in international voyages (HSC Code, par. 1.3.1).
passenger craft which do not proceed in the course of their voyage more than 4 h at operational speed from a place of refuge when fully laden (HSC Code, par. 126.96.36.199); and
cargo craft of 500 tons gross tonnage and above which do not proceed in the course of their voyage more than 8 h at operational speed from a place of refuge when fully laden (HSC Code, par. 188.8.131.52).
See par. 1.3.3 and 1.3.4 for craft to which the HSC Code does not apply.
Duration and validity :
maximum 5 years (HSC Code, par. 1.8.4).
The certificate shall cease to be valid:
if the surveys are not carried out within the periods specified (HSC Code, par. 184.108.40.206)
if the certificate is not endorsed as required (HSC Code, par. 220.127.116.11)
upon transfer of the ship to the flag of another Government (HSC Code, par. 18.104.22.168).
exceptionally, when at the time of expiration of the certificate the craft is not in a port in which it is to be surveyed, the Administration may extend the period of validity for maximum 1 months to allow the ship to complete its voyage and only in cases it appears reasonable to do so (HSC Code, par. 1.8.10)
an initial survey before the craft is put in service or before the Certificate is issued for the first time (HSC Code, par.22.214.171.124);
a renewal survey not exceeding 5 years except where par. 1.8.5 to 1.8.10 of the Code applies (HSC Code, par.126.96.36.199)
a periodical survey within 3 months before and after each anniversary date of the Certificate (HSC Code, par.188.8.131.52);
an additional survey as the occasion arises (HSC Code, par.184.108.40.206).
The periodical survey shall be endorsed on the certificate (HSC Code, par.1.5.3);
Owner or shipbuilder to the Administration (e.g. the Maritime Inspectorate) or to an authorized Organization (e.g. a classification society).
Administration or authorized Organization (HSC Code, par.1.8.1).
Administration or authorized Organization (HSC Code, par.1.5.4).
The high-speed craft should not operate commercially unless a Permit to Operate High-Speed Craft is issued and valid, in addition to the High-Speed Craft Safety Certificate (HSC Code, par.1.9.1).