The UK Maritime Minister launched a new passenger rights toolkit in Liverpool, calling operators to make journeys better for disabled passengers and staff, continuing the UK’s internationally leading plans for fully accessible transport.
Official data from the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) focus on the fact that the gross tonnage on the UK Ship Register was 16.0 million at end of December 2018, a decrease of 1% on the previous year, but 16% up on the figure at end 2014.
Official data from the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency shows that gross tonnage on the UKSR has increased by 18% compared with the end of 2014, following three consecutive years of growth. Moreover, the UK registered merchant fleet grew by 7% in gross tonnage (GT) in the year to end December 2017, a third consecutive year of growth. Lastly, the UK share of the world trading fleet was 0.8% at the end of 2017, with the UK registered trading fleet the 18th largest in the world by deadweight tonnage.
UK MCA informed that nine foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during September 2017 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection, including Indian and four (4) Panama flagged vessels in the Territory of British Sea.
The UK government is working to double the size of the UK Ship Register, from 16 to 30 million gross tonnage, as Brexit formed a new structure to UK and EU relations. The country aims to be included into the top 10 global maritime nations.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency announced that eight foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports, during February 2017, after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection and publishes details of the foreign flagged vessels detained in UK ports each month.
The Ministry of Shipping has proposed a new Model Concession Agreement for the Port Sector which will replace the existing one taking into account the suggestions provided in various reports by Member Planning Commission (2010), IPA-2015 and Kelkar Committee Report (2015).
A report on Maritime Groeth commissioned by UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency has been published. This report provides an industry perspective on the performance of the UK Ship Register and gives recommendations on how it can become more internationally competitive, subsequently boosting the number of ships flying the UK Flag.
The new National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) in Hampshire becomes operational for the very first time this week
His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent cut the first sod of turf for the new centre at Daedalus Airfield in Lee on Solent
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