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Friday, September 18, 2020

Maritime And Coastguard Agency News

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Opinion: Shame on Port States for the Treatment of Seafarers

Port states benefit greatly from the vessels that call at their ports, loading and unloading cargoes with great efficiency and speed. The items manufactured in those states and sold overseas keep many of their citizens gainfully employed. The items imported supply stock for the stores of their nation and provide goods for their citizens. The physical ports utilized by the vessels are employment magnets, attracting a diverse array of industries.Yet, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, those port states took swift actions against the very vessels that keep their economies in operation.

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LR Supporting Critical Supply Chains During Pandemic

Lloyd’s Register (LR) says it is driving proactive collaboration with key shipping stakeholders to support the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Coronavirus (COVID-19) recommendations for facilitating maritime trade – including the movement on food and medical supplies – during the pandemic.Following the publication of the circular on March 27, to all IMO member states, as well as governmental and intergovernmental agencies, where IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim stressed it was “crucially important that the flow of commerce by sea should not be unnecessarily disrupted”…

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COVID-19: Maritime and Coastguard Agency Issues "Unprecedented Exemption" for Car Ferry

MCA grants temporary ability for Red Funnel passengers to remain in vehicles on select crossingsRed Funnel worked with the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to identify exceptional solutions to support the government’s social distancing guidance in response to COVID-19 and respond to passengers’ requests to remain in vehicles during crossings.“We’d like to thank the MCA for working with us to identify solutions to allow our passengers this option during this exceptional time," said Fran Collins, CEO, Red Funnel.

New Resolve Partners Chauncey Naylor (director of the Resolve  Academy), Stacy Payne (Resolve) and Glyn Day and Neil Cooper both with Fire Ranger.
The Large Fire Extinguisher is called Big Red. (Image: Resolve Marine)

Fire Ranger, Resolve Team Up on Fire Safety Training

Fire Ranger and Resolve Maritime Academy Announce Partnership Aligning Live-Action Training with State-of-the-Art Fire Safety Equipment and Services.September 2019, Fort Lauderdale FL, Fire Ranger, a leading supplier of fire safety equipment and services announce their alliance partnership with Resolve Maritime Academy to incorporate modern, state-of-the-art fire safety equipment and services as part of Resolve’s academy certification programs. The partnership is a “Win Win” for academy students who will earn United States Coast Guard (USCG)…

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Maritime Fatigue: Just another band aid?

On 24 January, the IMO issued updated guidelines on fatigue. This is just another in a long series of band aids that attempt to cover over the problem without providing a solution. Fatigue is a long-standing weakness in the maritime industry. It is recognized as a major or contributing causal factor in the majority of maritime casualties. As is well-known, fatigue is caused by a lack of sleep and relaxation. These, in turn, are the result of too few people being tasked with too much work. Guidance on how to recognize and manage fatigue is meaningless.

Anthony Gould AFNI FRGS,  Chairman and CEO  (Photo:Galileo Maritime Academy )

New Seafarer Training Center Opens in Phuket

Galileo Maritime Academy has this month announced the completion of its new architect designed professional crew training center and crew residence in Phuket, Thailand.The “T” shaped buildings comprise state-of-the-art training and recreation rooms, a seafarer medical center, a culinary arts and hospitality school, a three meter deep survival training pool and first class accommodation for 30 students.This central complex is located just above Yacht Haven Marina, the largest superyacht marina in Asia…

MV Priscilla. File Photo: Hm Coastguard, THURSO RNLI

MV Priscilla Successfully Re-floated

The cargo ship MV Priscilla was successfully re-floated, said Her Majesty's Coastguard (HM Coastguard), a section of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in UK.Following an initial assessment it was agreed she was in safe condition to be towed to Scapa Flow, Orkney Isles.The vessel will arrive tomorrow morning and will go to safe anchorage where a further assessment, including an underwater dive inspection, will be carried out.The ship with six crew on board ran aground on the Pentland…

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Peel Ports Applies Air Traffic Systems for Marine Ops

Air traffic control technology is to be applied to a commercial port group in the UK for the first time. Peel Ports Group, the UK’s second biggest port operator, is investing £2.7m ($3.5m) across its network of seven Statutory Harbor Authorities to streamline marine operations. The package of technologies includes vessel identification and tracking, solid-state radar and weather stations. It will be complemented by a new online booking system for its customers and a comprehensive people development program.

The Survival Complex was open for attendees to freely (Photo: Maritime Skills Academy)

Maritime Skills Academy Launches Survival Complex in Dover

Taking place on Thursday, September 8, Maritime Skills Academy celebrated the launch of its specialist training facility showcasing all that the state-of-the-art Academy has to offer to key industry guests. An integral part of the Viking ‘Family of Companies, the Academy provides dynamic training, with its expert in-house trainers delivering bespoke courses, which encompass the diversity of the maritime industry: including cruise ships, superyachts, renewable support vessels and the oil and gas sector.

UK P&I Warns of the Risks Associated with Snap-back Zones

UK P&I Club Risk Assessor David Nichol discusses the process of identifying and marking snap-back zones and highlights the precautions that should be taken on board ships. “In recent years it became common practice to mark snap-back zones on ships’ decks in the vicinity of mooring machinery, rollers and fairleads. However, industry advice with respect to identifying and marking snap-back zones came under review last year following an incident where a deck officer was seriously…

MSA Marine Complex (Photo: Maritime Skills Academy)

Maritime Skills Academy Confirms Relaunch Date

After the postponement of the much anticipated preview event in June, Maritime Skills Academy is excited to confirm the re-launch will now take place on September 8th ,2016. Giving the maritime industry a view of what is on offer at the iconic, state-of-the-art training facility, the Academy, based at Whitfield, Dover, next to the Viking Headquarters, will bring a new high-tech Marine Survival Complex to the maritime sector. The new Complex, incorporating training and conference facilities…

UK Overhauls its Survey and Inspection Program

Plans to ensure there is a full maritime survey and inspection team covering the whole U.K., will see more remote working and a slight change to where some of the marine offices are based. The U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency has undertaken a review of the way it carries out its surveys and inspections and recently consulted on the locations of its marine offices. It has also, with its staff, reviewed the way the organization of those offices is structured. As a result of both consultations…

Malaviya Seven. Photo by GOL Offshore

Malaviya Seven Detained in Aberdeen on Claims of 'Slavery'

The offshore supply ship, MV Malaviya Seven detained, at the Port of Aberdeen, UK, by the International Transport Federation [ITF] with the support of the Port State Control, MCA – was operating under what the shipping union, RMT, has described as a ‘blatant example of modern day slavery’. The Malaviya Seven will stay at port until the workers are paid, according to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The RMT union claimed that 15 Indian crew members in the Mumbai-registered vessel have not been paid for nearly two months, with some having been without pay for longer.

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UK Chamber: Nascent Recovery to UK Ship Register Welcome

Statistics show an increase in the UK registered trading fleet for the first time in four years, rising by 8%. However, the figures also show a fall of 18% in UK owned tonnage. UK Chamber CEO, Guy Platten has welcomed these signs of nascent recovery in the UK Ship Register, but has expressed concern over the stark decline in the UK owned fleet. The UK managed fleet fell by 1% to 53.4m dwt and parent owned fleet rose by 3% to 31.0m dwt. The annual Shipping Fleet Statistics are produced by the Department for Transport and reflect tonnages as at the end of December 2015.

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Nine Rescued from Yacht Fire near Shetland

A skipper and his crew have been rescued from a life raft after their yacht - The Miracle - caught fire off the coast of Shetland, Scotland. According to a BBC report, nine people have been rescued after a yacht caught fire off Shetland. Coastguards were alerted to the incident, about 50 miles south west of Shetland, at about 09:20. Dramatic video footage, filmed from a coastguard helicopter, showed the blaze taking hold on board the stricken boat. But appropriately, given the name of their ship, the sailors miraculously emerged unscathed from the inferno.

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UK MCA Contract Award to PDMS

PDMS Maritime is delighted to announce a significant new contract with the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to provide a new integrated system to incorporate seafarer management and approved doctor records, delivering process efficiency improvements and enhanced customer services, in line with the MCA's Digital Strategy. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is an executive agency of the UK Department for Transport. Its responsibilities include UK ship registration and seafarer certification and it is widely recognised for its operational and technical ability.

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Large Yacht Code for Super Yachts - AMSA

From March 1, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will adopt the Large Yacht Code for super yachts and training vessels of 24 metres or more in length in a first for the Australian yachting community. Marine Order 52 will change the way large yachts in Australia are regulated in line with international norms. AMSA Chief Executive Mick Kinley said the change recognises that large yachts, also referred to as Super Yachts, operated commercially for sport or leisure do not fall naturally into a single class.

A handover ceremony took place on the German Naval vessel Karlsruhe in the Portsmouth Naval Base (Photo: MCA)

WWI U-Boat Propeller Returned to German Navy

A brass propeller from the first U-Boat to be sunk a century ago has been given back to the country it belongs to, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. The propeller from the German World War I submarine U-8 was handed over by the MCA to members of the current Navy during a handover ceremony on the German Naval vessel Karlsruhe in the Portsmouth Naval Base. The propeller, recovered along with other historical items following a number of seizures of illegally recovered dive artifacts in the Kent area in 2014…

Master Prosecuted for Cruise Liner Grounding

The master of a cruise liner which was damaged going over rocky shoals has pleaded guilty to two charges at Belfast Magistrates court June 16, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. Captain Joao Manuel Fernandes Simoes pleaded guilty to failure to properly passage plan in breach of SOLAS and failure to report the incident contrary to the Merchant Shipping vessel traffic monitoring and reporting requirement regulations. On May 11, 2015 the Bahamas registered cruise liner MV Hamburg called in to Tobermory en route from Dublin to Hamburg.

Technip UK Pleads Guilty to Safety Breaches

North Sea operator Technip UK Limited pleaded guilty to a breach of regulations covering health and safety of workers which lead to the death of a rigger, and has been fined £160,000, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. Technip UK Limited admitted a breach of regulation 5 of the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessel (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations 1997 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court today in relation to a March 2009 incident which caused the death of David Stephenson, who was working as rigger on the U.K.-flagged dive support vessel Wellservicer operated by Technip UK.

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Marine Employers Urged to Prep for Regulatory Changes

Employers of thousands of marine crew are being urged to be prepared following changes to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) - or face potentially being unable to set sail. As of January 1, 2017, seafarers must have completed the training course or updating training within the previous five years, followed by refresher training every five years. While the requirements are being introduced globally, UK employers are expected to be amongst those most affected as updating training has already been standard practice in many regions.

New MCA Role to Spur UK Ship Register Growth

With the aim of growing the U.K. Ship Register and attracting more maritime business to the U.K., a new a senior level director role has been created at the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) as part of the government’s aspiration to grow the nation’s share with the global maritime sector. The new position, which will be tasked with encouraging ship owners to join the U.K. Ship Register, was announced by Sir Alan Massey, CEO of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at an event during London International Shipping Week.

Robert Goodwill MP. Photo by Government of UK

Importance of the UK Ship Register

The Department for Transport has planned to make the UK Ship Register more attractive, so that it rightly becomes the ship register of choice for quality owners and operators, says Robert Goodwill MP. He asserted his relentless commitment to economic growth throughout the maritime and marine sectors. These sectors already contribute at least £11.8 billion annually to the UK economy. He noted about the Maritime Growth Study, published under the leadership of Lord Mountevans. The study provides a compelling analysis of the industry and how a successful…

Dev Lajmi (Photo: North P&I)

North P&I Bolsters Greek Office

North P&I Club said it has strengthened its Mediterranean-based claims team with the transfer of Dev Lajmi, one its most experienced senior claims executives, from the U.K. head office to its regional office in Piraeus. North P&I Club said Lajmi was pivotal in the recent high-profile removal of the MV Smart wreck in South Africa, working closely with Members Unimar/NGM, who have engaged fully with local authorities, contractors and other stakeholders over the past two years to ensure the 151,279 DWT grounded coal carrier was safely lightened, refloated and scuttled.

EMS Majestic. Photo by Fehn Ship Management GmbH

Cargo Ship EMS Majestic Rescued in English Channel

The Antigua-Barbuda-flagged EMS Majestic began to sink with seven crew on board in the English Channel when it was being towed to safety. The UK Coastguard received a Mayday call at 7.09pm on Sunday from a cargo vessel which was taking in water in the Dover Strait. EMS Majestic reported that they had seven crew on board and were taking on water and sinking 13 miles south east of Eastbourne. A number of vessels transiting the area responded to Mayday Relay broadcast to provide assistance as required.

Simon Barham (Photo: UK MCA)

Barham Named UK Ship Register Director

Simon Barham has been appointed as the first U.K. Ship Register Director at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, scheduled to start his role in February 2016. Barham brings to the position both commercial and technical experience from his 40 year career in the industry. He initially served at sea for 16 years and since then has held senior positions ashore within both ship owning and ship management companies across the world. Previous roles include chief operations officer at Bibby Ship Management…

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