From its beginnings with coastal lookouts to today’s hi-tech national network of coordination centres, from small localised beginnings to international players – one thing has stayed the same for two centuries – Her Majesty’s Coastguard seeks to search, to rescue and to save.
Two hundred years of saving lives along the UK coast and at sea, as well as coordinating rescues for those in distress in international waters, is being marked this year as HM Coastguard celebrates its milestone anniversary.
The UK government has confirmed that from 1 January 2022, recreational boat owners will not be required to pay a second amount of UK VAT if their vessels have been outside the UK for more than three years.
Boat owners returning their vessels to the UK can claim relief from import VAT under returned goods relief (RGR) if they meet all the conditions for the relief. One of these conditions is that the goods or effects must normally be re-imported into the UK within three years of the original date of export. Continue reading “New VAT legislation is good news for UK boat owners”
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has published a marine notice to provide information to ship owners, operators and masters about the Focused Inspection Campaign (FIC) on planned maintenance which will run from 15 January 2022 to 30 March 2022. Planned and corrective maintenance is deemed by AMSA to be a critical component of seaworthiness.
The purpose of the FIC is to determine the level of compliance with the maintenance requirements of the International Conventions. This FIC has been initiated by AMSA and is specific to Australia. It will apply to foreign flagged ships and Regulated Australian Vessels (RAVs) arriving at an Australian port. The FIC will be conducted from 15 January 2022 to 30 March 2022. Continue reading “AMSA announces focused inspection campaign on planned maintenance”
The publication by the Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA) of Safety Alert: 02/2021 aims to raise awareness of the correct use of hydrostatic release units, for both float-free life rafts and float-free EPIRBS.
The Hydrostatic Release Unit (HRU) is designed and approved to automatically deploy a life raft or EPIRB in the event of a vessel sinking. HRUs operate between 1.5 and 4 metres of water depth, to release the securing mechanism for the life raft or EPIRB.