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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Uk Maritime Coastguard Agency News

Stuart Nicholls (Photo: Shoreham Port)

Shoreman Port Announces Changes in Board

Shoreham Port bid farewell to Stuart Nicholls, who has been on the Board for six years. Nicholls joined the Board in January 2013, with more than 25 years of experience in shipping and marine services. In 2016 Stuart chaired a new subcommittee of the Board – the Compliance Committee. His maritime and safety expertise made Nicholls the ideal candidate to lead this Committee and to question and challenge the Port’s safety culture.Replacing Nicholls, Shoreham Port welcomes Sir Alan Massey to the Board.

MV Ruyter (Photo: MCA)

Captain Fined after Ship Grounds off Northern Ireland

The captain of a Dutch cargo ship that ran aground at Rathlin Island has been fined £1,000 ($1,300) at Armagh Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to failing to keep a proper look out. Ship’s captain Aleksandr Iakovtsov of the MV Ruyter pleaded guilty to charges brought by the U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). He was charged under the Merchant Shipping Distress Signals and Prevention of Collision Regulations 1996 and also of failing to safely navigate his ship and causing serious damage to the ship (in breach of section 58 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995).

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

UK Ship Register Modernization Begins

The UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is modernising the way the UK Ship Register operates and a number of new initiatives are in the works that could help the red ensign become more commercial and internationally competitive, says a report from UK Chamber of Shipping. The MCA is considering increasing the fee structure for the UK Ship Register to above 2016 levels, attendees heard at the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Maritime and Ports on Monday. The registry is working to improve the response time for enquiries to one working day…

Hanjin Louisiana (Photo: Nautilus)

Cadets Stranded on Hanjin Ship Head Home

The Hanjin Louisiana, one of the containerships caught up in the collapse of the South Korean shipping company Hanjin, has finally docked in Singapore after several weeks of uncertainty at sea. Among those onboard the containership were four Scottish cadets, who disembarked in Singapore on September 28 for flights back home to the U.K., BBC reports. The four trainee officers studying at the City of Glasgow College – Ruaridh Hanna, David Gorniak, Graeme Deacon and Gavin McPhail – were among an estimated 2…

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…

Vincent Woolsgrove with one of the Dutch cannons (Photo: Maritime and Coastguard Agency)

Diver Pleads Guilty to Fraud Involving Historic Cannons

A commercial diver has pleaded guilty at Southampton Crown Court to a fraud offence in excess of £46,000 following a two year investigation by the U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). The diver, Vincent Woolsgrove of Ramsgate, Kent, reported finding five cannons during the summer 2007, two from the wreck of the warship, London, and three in international waters off the coast of Kent. The cannons recovered from the warship were both very rare bronze Peter Gill and commonwealth cannons.

UK's new Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill. Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

UK Welcomes New Shipping Minister

Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, has been named as the UK’s new shipping minister. As Shipping Minister, he will have responsibility for completing the Maritime Growth Study. Earlier he was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport on Tuesday, but his specific duties within the department have been announced this week. He replaces John Hayes MP, who has held the position since July 2014 and has been moved to the Home Office. Goodwill will…

Andrew Sheen (Photo: ICG)

Sheen Named ICG Managing Director

Andrew Sheen has been appointed by the Irish Continental Group (ICG) to the position of Managing Director of its Irish Ferries division. Sheen will assume his new role with effect from the beginning of April, reporting to ICG’s CEO, Eamonn Rothwell. Operations Director since 2012, Sheen has been involved in shipping for over 26 years, 10 of them with Irish Ferries - first as a sea-going Chief Engineer and, since 2010, in shore-based operations roles. A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers…

Yachting Plan Boosts SKANReg Growth Potential

The London-headquartered St Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry (SKANReg) is set for major expansion of its commercial and pleasure yacht fleet following the launch of a national yachting policy by the government of the twin-island federation. Complementing a surge in marina developments, the policy recognises the yachting industry’s ‘tremendous potential’ to boost tourism and related economic opportunities in the islands. In a key part of the five-year plan, the government…

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Fuel Management & Safety

The 2015 Baltic ECA requirements make the increase in marine casualties inevitable. You can do something about it. The march towards cleaner air in coastal areas is well underway. For example, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) amended the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) designating specific portions of U.S., Canadian and French waters as Emission Control Areas (ECA) in 2010. Since August 2012, the use of fuel oil which does not exceed 1.0% sulfur has been required.

The Human Element: Photo courtesy of the publishers

Guide to Human Element in Shipping Published

Aimed at everyone in the shipping industry, the Guide explains the fundamental aspects of human behaviour – 'The Human Element'. Based on a wide range of consultations with maritime organisations, the guide was produced by organisational psychologists gs partnership ltd, for consortium partners UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency, BP Shipping,Teekay Marine Services, and the Standard P&I Club. Aimed at everyone in the shipping industry, the Guide explains the fundamental aspects of human behaviour, which together constitute what the commercial maritime sector calls "the human element".

WSV's in Difficulty in Moderate North Sea Weather

UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency report Yarmouth Coastguard's response to recent WSV's in distress. Windcat 9 issued a VHF DSC Mayday offshore from Humber and reported that they were taking in water. Yarmouth Coastguard requested the launch of Humber and Cleethorpes RNLI lifeboats and the rescue helicopter from RAF Leconfield. Due to concern that the vessel could be sinking the 15 crew abandoned to another vessel. The rescue helicopter transferred two pumps on board the vessel and lifeboat crew were able to control the ingress of water and towed the vessel to Grimsby.

Oxberry Risk Maritime Continues to Expand Services

Oxberry Risk Maritime continues to expand its maritime security and anti-piracy services. Oxberry Risk Maritime believes that identification and management of risk is a vital aspect of modern maritime business. Dynamic growth in an ever expanding market requires dynamic solutions to meet and exceed expectations. Oxberry Risk Maritime is responding to the demands of maritime and shipping sector organisations through the delivery of comprehensive maritime security and anti-piracy…