UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency launched a consultation on additional safety updates for bulk carriers. The updates include tighter rules on damage stability and structural requirements.
ccording to UK MCA, the consultation seeks views on a new Statutory Instrument (SI), the Merchant Shipping (Additional Safety Measures for Bulk Carriers) Regulations 2021 (‘the proposed Regulations’).
The proposed Regulations would replace the Merchant Shipping (Additional Safety Measures for Bulk Carriers) Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/1644) in order to implement the most up to date requirements of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS) affecting bulk carriers, primarily contained in Chapter XII of SOLAS (additional safety measures for bulk carriers).
The main objective of the proposed Regulations is to improve further the safety standards for bulk carriers.
The Regulations will also include an ambulatory reference provision to ensure future amendments to SOLAS referred to in the proposed Regulations are given direct effect in UK law. A more detailed explanation of what this means can be found in section 2.3 of this document.
We ask you to complete the response and feedback forms below and send them back to the email address detailed in the forms. This consultation closes at
….as UK MCA noted.