UK vessels’ gross tonnage decreased by 1% in 2018

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.

Lessons learned from fishing vessel fatal capsizing

In light of the recently-published investigation into the fatal capsizing of the fishing vessel ‘Laura Jane’ off Plymouth in May 2018, the UK MAIB issued a safety flyer with valuable safety lessons learned for the fishing industry, stressing risks associated with vessel overloading and poor stability assessment. 

List of ships detained in UK in March 2019

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that one vessel was detained during March, whereas seven foreign flagged ships remained under detention in UK ports during March 2019 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.

Drone trial begins to support search and rescue off Essex

Essex Police, the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have teamed up on a new one-year-long drone trial to support vital search and rescue action around the coast of Essex. The trial started on 29 April.

List of ships detained in UK in February 2019

In its monthly review of ship detentions, the UK MCA announced that nine foreign-flagged ships remained under detention in UK ports during February 2019 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. From these, four were new detentions that took place within February. 

Requirements for companies offering GMDSS Shore-Based Maintenance service

Maritime Administrations are responsible of making sure that companies offering a GMDSS Shore-Based Maintenance (SBM) service are acceptable according to the IMO Resolution A.702 (17). If a ship owner has chosen the radio equipment to be maintained through a Shore-Based Maintenance Agreement, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has agreed with a series of requirements that must be met by a company that seeks registration as a SBM provider. 

Ships detained in UK during Jan. 2019

Four foreign flagged ships remained under detention in UK ports during January 2019 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection, according to data provided by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

UK CG makes master pay fine by proceeding to seize his vessel

As the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency proceeded to seize Tecoil Polaris, the master of the small product tanker Tecoil Polaris, Vitaliy Trofimov, was found guilty and was ordered to pay an overdue $34,000 fine for major ISM code violations.  

UK MCA: 2nd GPS Week Number Rollover to take place in April

The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency informed operators that use GPS for both position and UTC, that the GPS Week Number will be rolling over for the second time, on April 6th, 2019. This could lead stand-alone GPS receivers and systems using GPS chips, to produce data that is 19.7 years either in the past or future, thus generating errors in both the GPS position and time.

UK NWA publishes revised Workboat Code

The UK National Workboat Association (NWA) launched the second edition of the Workboat Code, a document aimed at redefining working practices and standards for vessel operators across a number of maritime sectors. The association highlighted that the demand for a Code of Practice has increased due to technical innovations and a variety of vessels.


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