Guidance (MCA) – Prevent pollution and reduce harmful emissions at sea

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) It is generally recognized that all businesses have a major role to play in preventing pollution and reducing releases of harmful emissions into the environment and this is particularly true of the shipping industry. The impact of pollution on fragile ecosystems is particularly severe in the marine environment, and to address this there is…

UK – offshore renewable energy installations – impact on shipping

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) In the UK, there is an increasing number of Offshore Renewable Energy Installations (OREIs) including wind farms, and wave and tidal energy devices. This forms part of the government’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and tackling climate change. The location, size and irregular shape of OREIs present new challenges to the safe navigation…

The Deadly Dozen – 12 Significant Human Factors in Maritime Safety

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a guidance note raising awareness of twelve of the most common people related factors the Deadly Dozen that can affect maritime safety, along with suggested mitigating actions available to companies, masters, and seafarers. For more information, click here to download MGN 520(M) There is a wide range of contributory factors that result in…

UK MCA – Guidance re life-saving appliances

Over the past 10 years the maritime industry has observed an unacceptably high number of accidents with lifeboats in which crew were injured, sometimes fatally, whilst participating in lifeboat drills and/or inspections. The IMO has been working to introduce measures to reduce the likelihood and severity of such incidents, and the main publications seeking to achieve…

Training guidance for seafarer careers from UK MCA

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency made available guidance, providing updated information regarding training for seafarer careers. Foundation degrees Deck and engineer officers can study in areas of marine operation and marine engineering. Study programmes include studying for the officer of the watch (OOW) seafarer qualification. Courses cover management competencies as well as technical content. Foundation…

UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Launches Portal for CoC and CEC Verification

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has established a website to verify validity and authenticity of UK Certificates of Competency (CoC) and Certificates of Equivalent Competency (CEC). Shipping Company, Crewing Agent or Maritime Administration will need to have log in credentials to use this facility and in order to get the log in credentials…