Changes to coffin requirements for burial at sea

August 1, 2014   //   No Comments

It’s not a question that arises every day, but at SAIF Business Centre we like to keep on top of all possible areas of concern to our members.  In June 2014, the government published updated guidelines on coffin requirements for burial at sea.

There are special requirements for the materials and design of coffins used in sea burial. Coffins built to these specifications will help prevent the body being returned to shore by tidal currents or being caught by fishing gear.  Anyone who has a licence to carry out a burial at sea, eg the relatives of the person who has died and the funeral director, must follow the specifications.  Full details may be found on the government’s website.  If you need further information, contact the Marine Licensing Team on 0300 123 1032 or email



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