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How to Arrange a Burial at Sea Llp (Burials at are an experienced and licensed boat company who will deliver your wishes to be buried at sea


We work with most National and many Local Independent Funeral Directors in Britain and are happy to work with your chosen Funeral Director or recommend an experienced Burial at Sea Funeral Director based anywhere in the UK who offer this additional green alternative Burial option to their clients.


Some Clients like to prepare ahead of their own death and put arrangements in place to ensure that their last wishes are delivered (see our “how to be buried at sea” earlier). This can involve your solicitor writing your Will expressing your wishes, appointing an executor who you have confidence will ensure your wishes for a Burial at Sea takes place. The nomination of your funeral director, Llp can be included in your Will or at a later stage. Some clients also consider at this time taking out a funeral plan to cover the costs of a Burial at Sea ensuring your wishes are carried out.

How our "client service" works

We become involved in our preparations for a Burial at Sea when death is imminent or has occurred and we have been notified of the death by your Funeral Director.

Mamarine (Burials at

On receipt of the following documents we will commence the Marine Management Organisations (MMO) online process of obtaining the Licence for your client’s Burial at Sea:

Our role is to liaise with your Solicitor / Executor / Funeral Director /Family Member to commence making arrangements - agreeing the date for the Burial at Sea taking account of any logistical issues (weather forecasts, licences, Religious representation on the day and the catering requirements (before and after the Burial at Sea). We will arrange the number of family members/friends wishing to accompany their loved one on their final journey – including the number of boats required.

Throughout we work closely with your Funeral Director whose role will be to prepare their deceased client in the MMO specified casket and then to deliver this casket to our vessel for us to carry out the Burial at Sea on the agreed day and time.

Mamarine (Burials at ) – delivery of the burial at sea

We assume full responsibility for carrying out MMO Licence requirements once the casket has been placed aboard our chosen vessel. We will charter sufficient vessels to deal with any additional passengers wishing to accompany their loved one on this final journey.

MMO Designated Burial at Sea Sites (England)

There are three burial at sea sites around the English Coast:

(Additionally there are two designated sites in Scotland (off John O’Groats and off Oban West Coast)

The Needles MMO Designated Site

Mamarine (Burials at usually use the site off The Needles Isle of Wight but can arrange the other sites if required - these can attract a fuel or different vessel hire supplements. MMO are prepared to look at non designated sites but this is a lengthy process and time may preclude this being investigated if death has occurred.

Departure Point for Burials at Sea using the Needles designated Burial area



Burial at Sea Certificate
Following the Burial at Sea Mamarine (Burials at provide a location certificate for the Funeral Director to present to the family. The certificate shows the exact location that the deceased was buried at sea with the Funeral Directors Logo displayed.

About Mamarine (Burials at 07721978053
We are also a family business who offer an experienced approach to Burials at Sea using our own Italian Motor Cruiser – additional vessels are available for the difficult and heavier caskets (they may incur a supplement based on the additional costs involved)

We are keen to develop a joint marketing approach to Burials as Sea and the Scattering of Ashes at Sea charters including the displaying of our images on your own web site. We offer a personalized and supportive service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – year round (answer service) and we seek to support and complement your approach to bereaved families - Ring John 07721978053

I recently took part in a BBC Radio 4 Program presented by Dame Joan Bakewell
“We Need to Talk About Death” - Series 2, Bury Me at Sea, Episode 3 - @bbcradio4

We offer two levels of service :
A Burial at Sea Charter on the Day  £1980 (vat is zero rated as a transport charter)

Full liaison service including obtaining the licence (£175 MMO fee) and the Burial at Sea  Charter  £2450 (vat is zero rated as a transport charter)

Ring or email John McKenzie for more details

Example running order for the DAY

Funeral Team leave ……………………. 08:00
Family arrive met by John McKenzie Burials at Sea Lymington met & taken to Mayflower Hotel (200 mtrs away from boat) light refreshments on arrival whilst the boat is prepared for sea and the family
Funeral Director Arrive Harbour Master Lymington 11:00
Transfer of Coffin to Boat 11:10
Family Collected From Mayflower Hotel & Escorted to embarkation onto the Cruiser 11:30
Depart Harbour Masters Pontoon, Slip ropes 12:00
Cruise to Burial Location Committal to the Sea Cruise and Family Members Return Arrive Lymington Harbour Masters Pontoon 14:00
Cruiser returns to base Family &Friends Table Booked Lunch - ………….. - … guests The Mayflower 01590 672160 King's Saltern Road, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 3QD 15:30

Current Fees for a Burial at sea – April 2018

Our Standard Burial at Sea Charter start from £1980

Standard departure point Lymington for The Needles designated burial location.

It is recognised that burial at sea is a long established tradition in the UK, particularly for those who have been associated with the sea.

There are three burial at sea sites around the English coast:

Total package: including Funeral Directors, Full liaison service, licence and Burial at sea charter – price on application

Optional Additional Costs

Adding a RIB Price
Full day £795*
Under 4 hrs £655*
Under 3 hrs £545*
Under 2 hrs £435*
*price includes the RIB, Skipper, Fuel and Oilskins

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  • If you would like to appoint us to assist you/your family please ring John McKenzie (0800 081 1542 / Direct Mobile 07721 978053 for an initial discussion.

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  • Burial-at-sea services are available at many different locations and with many different customs, either by ship or by aircraft. Usually the captain of the ship or aircraft or a religious representative

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