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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Skipper Prosecuted for Fishing Vessel Collision
A skipper of fishing vessel Saphire Stone was charged following a collision with another fishing vessel Karen causing its loss. The skipper, Malcolm Edmund, pleaded guilty to charges including failing to keep a proper lookout and has been fined more than £5,000, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. On January 22, 2014, fishing vessel Karen was coming to the end of a four-hour tow to the southeast of the Island of Arran, when she was struck astern by the Saphire Stone, bound for Campbeltown.
New Qualifications for Commercial Yacht Crews
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) informs that four new certificates of competency for seafarers working on commercial motor yachts will be introduced in Australia from early 2016. After consultation between AMSA the commercial yachting Industry, Yachting Australia, the Australian Maritime College and the Transport Logistics Industry Skills Council, these new qualifications will see Australian motor yacht worker’s skills recognized with an official AMSA certificate of competency.
Fishing Vessel Skipper Fined for Collision
The skipper of a fishing vessel that collided with a ferry was fined after pleading guilty for failing to keep a proper lookout. The skipper, Lindsay Haugh, of the fishing vessel Onward N336, was fined a total of £2,500 plus costs of £231 at a hearing today in the County Court Division of South Down, the U.K Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. At approximately midnight on September 12, 2014, the fishing vessel was heading back from fishing grounds in thick fog to its home port of Killkeel when it collided with the Clipper Pennant…
New Safety Course Gains MCA Approval
Videotel has responded to major changes in international seafarer training legislation by producing a new e-learning course which establishes effective procedures onboard ship that will help to save lives in the event of an emergency situation. The Crisis Management & Human Behaviour Training Course has been produced in cooperation with the International Maritime Organization (IMO); Royal Caribbean International; and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in response to the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Code.
Tug Collides with Listing Hoegh Osaka
UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) informed today that one of the two tugs attached to Hoegh Osaka moved from her position on Saturday afternoon and collided with the listing car carrier. There were no injuries to personnel, but the tug received some damage and it was replaced by another tug. No pollution occurred during this incident. Thge MCA spokesman stated, "The vessel remains at anchor on the Alpha Anchorage. Yesterday weather conditions prevented any activity on the vessel other than to connect the third tug.
OSV Master Fined Following Wind Turbine Allision
The master of a wind farm support boat has been made to pay £3,000 in fines and costs after breaching maritime collision regulations, informs the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Geoffrey Whinfrey was in charge of the Island Panther when it collided with a wind turbine in the Sheringham Shoal wind farm on 21 November 2012. Whinfrey had been requested by the wind farm operator - Scira Offshore Energy Ltd - that the Island Panther take off duty employees ashore due to the worsening weather conditions. It was dark and the wind was gusting up to 45mph, with driving rain and rough seas.
Passenger Ship Grounded off Scotland Coast
The passenger ship 'Serenissima' grounded Monday night in Oban Bay, was refloated the next day & awaits underwater inspection. The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported that the Stornoway Coastguard was alerted and was told that the ship had ran aground on sand and gravel. On board for the voyage from Ireland towards Oban were 61 passengers and 51 crew. There were no reported injuries, no reported pollution and no signs of water ingress. The RNLI lifeboat from Oban was on standby to assist if needed. The Oban Sector Manager and the Oban Coastguard Rescue Team were also on scene.
UK Tugboat in Trouble: Crew Taken Off
Eight crew members have been taken off a flooding tug boat a mile off Hope’s Nose, Torbay, on the south-west coast of England. The UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency reports that the tugboat began taking water after it collided with the vessel on tow. Nearby Brixham Coastguard has been coordinating the rescue operation after the collision in the dark on Sunday evening. The RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat and the Exmouth all-weather lifeboat were sent to the scene, along with a local harbour tug from Brixham…
Advances in Jack-up Safety
Those commissioning maritime construction projects will soon be able to assure themselves that their jack-up operators are competent and safe. The International Jack-Up Barge Owners Association (IJUBOA) has published its Code of Practice and set up a scheme to recognise the competence of existing barge masters. The code provides a standard against which companies can be audited. It is based on the International Safety Management (ISM) code. Companies who are successfully audited…