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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Coastguard Agency News

MV Priscilla. File Photo: Hm Coastguard, THURSO RNLI

MV Priscilla Successfully Re-floated

The cargo ship MV Priscilla was successfully re-floated, said Her Majesty's Coastguard (HM Coastguard), a section of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in UK.Following an initial assessment it was agreed she was in safe condition to be towed to Scapa Flow, Orkney Isles.The vessel will arrive tomorrow morning and will go to safe anchorage where a further assessment, including an underwater dive inspection, will be carried out.The ship with six crew on board ran aground on the Pentland…

Owner Fined for 'Dangerously Unsafe' Vessel

The owner of a harbor tanker has been fined £3,000 with more than £7,000 costs after pleading guilty to a charge of operating a vessel for being dangerously unsafe. Joseph O’Connor was fined at the hearing in Southampton Magistrates Court February 12 following his guilty plea to the charge which was brought until the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. In March 2009 the Wadestone, then known as the Humber Star, sank at its berth on Weston Wharf in the River Solent. As a result, the vessel was detained by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) as being dangerously unsafe on March 26, 2009.

Photo: DP World

DP World to Offer Container Weighing Service

DP World’s British container terminals are to offer container weighing services for UK exporters to determine the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of each container ahead of new legislation coming into effect from the July 1, 2016. Both DP World London Gateway and DP World Southampton will “implement scalable solutions” to weigh containers shortly after arrival in the port and provide the VGM, the company said in a statement, following extensive consultations with the Maritime Coastguard Agency.

Photo courtesy of TTA

New Thames Apprentices Celebrated

Transport minister, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon has marked the end of National Apprenticeship Week by presenting eleven Thames apprentices with Maritime Skills Diplomas. For the apprentices, aged from 18 to 25, the Diplomas are the result of two years’ hard work, gaining experience with passenger and freight operators along the river, alongside day release study with Skills Track at Tilbury. They will complete their training, which the Thames Training Alliance (TTA) ran, by passing Maritime & Coastguard Agency Boatmaster Licence exams.

Bruce McGregor. Photo: PDMS Ltd

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.

Reckless Skipper Handed Prison Sentence

U.K. skipper Alexander Baird, who pleaded guilty to a charge of not operating his ship in a safe manner, has been sent to prison following a hearing April 21 at Mold Crown Court, where he received a custodial sentence totaling nine months. Baird admitted the charge which covered a number of deficiencies found on his fishing vessel, St Amant. Baird was skipper of the vessel between November 2007 and April 2012. During that period St Amant was inspected on nine occasions and a number of problems found.

Officer Sentenced for Role in Fatal Ferry Crash

The second officer who admitted his actions were responsible for the death of a fisherman, has been sent to prison. Pasquale Miccio pleaded guilty to a breach of section 58 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 as amended, on March 24, 2016 in the High Court of Justiciary, Glasgow. It means he admitted his actions or omissions were responsible for the death of Daniel McNeil who was a crew member of the fishing vessel Homeland in August 2010. At the time, Miccio was serving as second officer aboard the MV Scottish Viking, a ferry owned and operated by Visemar di Navigazone Srl.

Next Generation Marine Power: The Future Looks Bright

The Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion event was held in the Grand Harbour conference venue looking out over the Port of Southampton where cruise ships, oil tankers and the world's largest container vessels ply their global trade. The event brought together a broad and unique marine industry group from the UK, EU and US. A dynamic program, including three keynote speakers and 20 presenters, highlighted the latest technology and opportunities for the maritime sector worldwide – and the future for next generation marine power certainly looks bright.

Joyce Downie, managing director, Clyde Group Colin McMurray, director, Clyde Group  Councillor Patrick McGlinchey, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, West Dunbartonshire Council (Photo: The Clyde Group)

Clyde Begins Work on O&G Safety Training Facility

Marine and offshore specialists, The Clyde Group announced that construction work has begun on its $5 million training center in Clydebank, Greater Glasgow, for the newly established Clyde Training Solutions. The facility is the first of its kind in Central and Southern Scotland and is due to be completed in the autumn of 2016. The center will provide mandatory and safety courses for the oil and gas and marine industries. On completion the center will be able to deliver courses from the Standards of Training Certification and Watch keeping (STCW) accredited by Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

UK Ship Register Modernization Begins

The UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is modernising the way the UK Ship Register operates and a number of new initiatives are in the works that could help the red ensign become more commercial and internationally competitive, says a report from UK Chamber of Shipping. The MCA is considering increasing the fee structure for the UK Ship Register to above 2016 levels, attendees heard at the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Maritime and Ports on Monday. The registry is working to improve the response time for enquiries to one working day…

Photo: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Nine Rescued from Yacht Fire near Shetland

A skipper and his crew have been rescued from a life raft after their yacht - The Miracle - caught fire off the coast of Shetland, Scotland. According to a BBC report, nine people have been rescued after a yacht caught fire off Shetland. Coastguards were alerted to the incident, about 50 miles south west of Shetland, at about 09:20. Dramatic video footage, filmed from a coastguard helicopter, showed the blaze taking hold on board the stricken boat. But appropriately, given the name of their ship, the sailors miraculously emerged unscathed from the inferno.

Photo:  UK Chamber

UK Chamber: Nascent Recovery to UK Ship Register Welcome

Statistics show an increase in the UK registered trading fleet for the first time in four years, rising by 8%. However, the figures also show a fall of 18% in UK owned tonnage. UK Chamber CEO, Guy Platten has welcomed these signs of nascent recovery in the UK Ship Register, but has expressed concern over the stark decline in the UK owned fleet. The UK managed fleet fell by 1% to 53.4m dwt and parent owned fleet rose by 3% to 31.0m dwt. The annual Shipping Fleet Statistics are produced by the Department for Transport and reflect tonnages as at the end of December 2015.

Malaviya Seven. Photo by GOL Offshore

Malaviya Seven Detained in Aberdeen on Claims of 'Slavery'

The offshore supply ship, MV Malaviya Seven detained, at the Port of Aberdeen, UK, by the International Transport Federation [ITF] with the support of the Port State Control, MCA – was operating under what the shipping union, RMT, has described as a ‘blatant example of modern day slavery’. The Malaviya Seven will stay at port until the workers are paid, according to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The RMT union claimed that 15 Indian crew members in the Mumbai-registered vessel have not been paid for nearly two months, with some having been without pay for longer.

UK Overhauls its Survey and Inspection Program

Plans to ensure there is a full maritime survey and inspection team covering the whole U.K., will see more remote working and a slight change to where some of the marine offices are based. The U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency has undertaken a review of the way it carries out its surveys and inspections and recently consulted on the locations of its marine offices. It has also, with its staff, reviewed the way the organization of those offices is structured. As a result of both consultations…

MSA Marine Complex (Photo: Maritime Skills Academy)

Maritime Skills Academy Confirms Relaunch Date

After the postponement of the much anticipated preview event in June, Maritime Skills Academy is excited to confirm the re-launch will now take place on September 8th ,2016. Giving the maritime industry a view of what is on offer at the iconic, state-of-the-art training facility, the Academy, based at Whitfield, Dover, next to the Viking Headquarters, will bring a new high-tech Marine Survival Complex to the maritime sector. The new Complex, incorporating training and conference facilities…

Tristan Greaney and Sir Alan Massey (Photo: MCA)

MCA Officer Trainee of the Year Honored

A trainee marine engineering officer says he’s received a massive boost in confidence after being awarded the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s Officer Trainee of the Year award. Tristan Greaney, 27, from Cornwall is a Third Marine Engineering Officer for Princess Cruises. He took a Light Marine Engineering course in Falmouth, acquiring hands on experience as well as completing a number of course work projects. He received his award, presented on behalf of the Shipping Minister,  from Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the MCA as part of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets Annual Court (MSSC).

Photo courtesy of Peel Ports

Peel Ports Applies Air Traffic Systems for Marine Ops

Air traffic control technology is to be applied to a commercial port group in the UK for the first time. Peel Ports Group, the UK’s second biggest port operator, is investing £2.7m ($3.5m) across its network of seven Statutory Harbor Authorities to streamline marine operations. The package of technologies includes vessel identification and tracking, solid-state radar and weather stations. It will be complemented by a new online booking system for its customers and a comprehensive people development program.

MV Ruyter (Photo: MCA)

Captain Fined after Ship Grounds off Northern Ireland

The captain of a Dutch cargo ship that ran aground at Rathlin Island has been fined £1,000 ($1,300) at Armagh Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to failing to keep a proper look out. Ship’s captain Aleksandr Iakovtsov of the MV Ruyter pleaded guilty to charges brought by the U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). He was charged under the Merchant Shipping Distress Signals and Prevention of Collision Regulations 1996 and also of failing to safely navigate his ship and causing serious damage to the ship (in breach of section 58 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995).

UK P&I Warns of the Risks Associated with Snap-back Zones

UK P&I Club Risk Assessor David Nichol discusses the process of identifying and marking snap-back zones and highlights the precautions that should be taken on board ships. “In recent years it became common practice to mark snap-back zones on ships’ decks in the vicinity of mooring machinery, rollers and fairleads. However, industry advice with respect to identifying and marking snap-back zones came under review last year following an incident where a deck officer was seriously…

Herakles Photo  Nautilus International

Oil Rig Rescue Highlights ETV Importance - Nautilus

Responding to reports that the government’s Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) Herakles was deployed to assist a tug experiencing trouble off the coast of Scotland, Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson said, ‘The incident highlights the vital work that the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) do in protecting life at sea. If the ETV had not been available then lives would have been at risk and the chances of environmental damage would have been greatly increased. ‘The government only agreed to retain the use of Herakles in Orkney last month and this highlights how important that decision was.

The Survival Complex was open for attendees to freely (Photo: Maritime Skills Academy)

Maritime Skills Academy Launches Survival Complex in Dover

Taking place on Thursday, September 8, Maritime Skills Academy celebrated the launch of its specialist training facility showcasing all that the state-of-the-art Academy has to offer to key industry guests. An integral part of the Viking ‘Family of Companies, the Academy provides dynamic training, with its expert in-house trainers delivering bespoke courses, which encompass the diversity of the maritime industry: including cruise ships, superyachts, renewable support vessels and the oil and gas sector.

Maritime & Coastguard Agency Mulls New Fee Structure

Proposals to revamp the way the Maritime & Coastguard Agency charges for fees for ship registrations, ship surveys and merchant navy costs are being put out for consultation. Under the new proposals, most fees including ship surveys and examinations would go up but others will decrease. All those who might be affected by the increases, whether as businesses or individuals are being asked to give their views by midday on 26th October 2016. Recovering realistic costs of providing services which fall to the MCA as regulator will help to provide a stronger financial basis for future improvements.

Photo: Radio Holland

KR Appoints Radio Holland as Service Supplier

The Korean Register of Shipping (KR) classification society has appointed Radio Holland to be worldwide service supplier. The appointment certifies Radio Holland Group offices around the world to service and test Radio Communication and Voyage Data Recorder equipment on board of KR-classed ships and offshore platforms, in accordance with the rules and regulations of this society. Radio Holland is able to support its global customer base for nearly all major classification societies.

Hanjin Louisiana (Photo: Nautilus)

Cadets Stranded on Hanjin Ship Head Home

The Hanjin Louisiana, one of the containerships caught up in the collapse of the South Korean shipping company Hanjin, has finally docked in Singapore after several weeks of uncertainty at sea. Among those onboard the containership were four Scottish cadets, who disembarked in Singapore on September 28 for flights back home to the U.K., BBC reports. The four trainee officers studying at the City of Glasgow College – Ruaridh Hanna, David Gorniak, Graeme Deacon and Gavin McPhail – were among an estimated 2…

CTS Staff Photo Clyde Training Solutions

Clyde Launches Training Facility

Clyde Training Solutions (CTS) opened central Scotland’s first dedicated marine and offshore international training centre. CTS – a newly established Clyde Group company -  is now offering an extensive range of onsite accredited maritime safety courses to an international market at its new complex on the banks of the River Clyde in Clydebank. Phase one of operations at the centre has created in the region of 30 jobs with potential operational growth likely to create future employment.

Sir Alan Massey (Photo: MCA)

MCA’s CEO Massey to Retire by End 2018

Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) chief executive Sir Alan Massey announced he plans to retire from the role before the end of 2018. The Department of Transport will begin its search for Massey’s successor on March 19. Massey will continue in his role until late 2018 to allow the chief executive appointment process to take place. Massey joined the MCA in July 2010 after a 33-year career with the Royal Navy, where he left as Second Sea Lord. During his eight-year tenure at MCA…