Consultation launched on fairer and simpler UK boat registration scheme

Boat owners who keep or use their vessels on Environment Agency (EA) waterways are being urged to have their say on newly proposed registration charges which will be introduced from 2022.

All boats kept or used on the non-tidal Thames, the Upper Medway or Anglian waterways (Rivers Great Ouse, Nene, Stour, Ancholme, Welland and Glen) must be registered with the Agency, with registration charges contributing to the operation of the waterways as well as the upkeep and management of the rivers, locks and facilities. As the second largest authority of navigable waterways in the country, the Continue reading “Consultation launched on fairer and simpler UK boat registration scheme”

Canada’s new vessel safety certificates and inspection standard

Transport Canada has published an overview of the new vessel safety certificates and inspection standard effective from 23 June 2021.
Transport Canada has published an overview of the new vessel safety certificates and inspection standard effective from 23 June 2021.

Transport Canada has published an overview of the new Vessel Safety Certificates Regulations and Canadian Vessel Plan Approval and Inspection Standard. These new regulations came into force on 23 June 2021, and the standard is now effective.

Applying to all Canadian vessels and any foreign vessels in Canadian waters, the regulations specify which vessels require certification and inspection. The standard (TP15456) outlines plan submissions and inspection standards for Canadian vessels requiring a vessel safety certificate.

The new Vessel Safety Certificates Regulations update and modernize old regulations and Canada’s inspection regime. The regulations Continue reading “Canada’s new vessel safety certificates and inspection standard”

UK government releases its decarbonising transport plan

Decarbonisation Transport plan published by UK government
Decarbonisation Transport plan published by UK government

As part of the mission to cut carbon dioxide (CO²) emissions to zero, the UK government has released its much anticipated decarbonising transport plan.

This plan sets out the government’s commitments and actions needed to decarbonise not only the maritme sector, but the entire transport system in the UK, plus details on the scale of additional reductions needed to deliver transport’s contribution to legally binding carbon budgets and achieve net zero by 2050.

It includes:
– The pathway to net zero transport in the UK
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Shipping: Does location matter anymore?

For centuries the great port cities analysed in the recent Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development Index report were built on the confluence of trade, people and ideas. Centred around ships and the presence of their owners, managers and charterers, maritime clusters steadily grew across Europe, Asia and the Americas. A combination of talent, time-zone, geography, expertise and government policies has helped locations such as Singapore, London and Shanghai thrive. Successful clusters combine the experience and size of established companies with the energy and drive of smaller and start-up firms. Collectively they have consistently delivered innovation, jobs and tax receipts.

But has the successful shift to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic ruptured the maritime business cluster concept Continue reading “Shipping: Does location matter anymore?”

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