UK Office for Product Safety & Standards has released new statutory guidance updates

The Office for Product Safety and Standards has updated a number of Statutory Guidance documents, which are all applicable to the marine industry for both Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The individual documents can be downloaded by following the links below. The list of guidance that has been updated and is now applicable and in force is as follows:

Recreational Craft Regulations 2017

Personal protective equipment (enforcement) regulations 2018

Equipment for explosive atmospheres regulations Continue reading “UK Office for Product Safety & Standards has released new statutory guidance updates”

Review study on the Recreational Craft Directive 2013/53/EU – Final report published

The report has been created in line with the review clause set out in Article 52 of the Directive 2013/53/EU which requires the European Commission (EC) to submit a report to the European Parliament and the Council by 18 January 2022. The final report/study has been carried out by Panteia, TNO and Emisia on behalf of the EU Commission in terms of the RCD Review 2022 process and has been published. The report can be downloaded in pdf format at the bottom of this article.

The Executive Summary as extracted from the report is as follows. The Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) 94/25/EC, harmonising the provisions related to recreational craft, was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in June 1994 and was applied from June Continue reading “Review study on the Recreational Craft Directive 2013/53/EU – Final report published”

Call for applications for appointment as MCIB Investigator

The MCIB (Marine Casualty Investigation Board) was established in 2002 under the Merchant Shipping (Investigation of Marine Casualties) Act 2000. The purpose of the MCIB is to investigate marine casualties with a view to learning lessons to prevent them from happening again. It is not the purpose of an investigation to attribute fault or blame. The MCIB invites applications from suitably qualified investigators to carry out contracted marine casualty investigations on behalf of the Board.

To date the MCIB has published approximately 243 accident investigation reports and now wishes to engage additional investigators to carry out accident investigations on its behalf and to develop reports for the MCIB. Continue reading “Call for applications for appointment as MCIB Investigator”

AMSA consultation begins on mandatory lifejacket wearing proposal on domestic commercial vessels

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is inviting feedback from the domestic commercial vessel industry on a proposal to mandate lifejacket wear on some domestic commercial vessels. Informed by safety data, AMSA is exploring options to increase lifejacket wear across the domestic commercial vessel sector, focusing on sectors of the fleet with the greatest risk of a fatality following a person overboard incident.

AMSA Chief Executive Officer Mick Kinley said the proposal aims to minimise the risk of drowning and achieve greater safety outcomes for all people on domestic commercial vessels. Continue reading “AMSA consultation begins on mandatory lifejacket wearing proposal on domestic commercial vessels”

UN Convention on the Law of the Sea inquiry launched

Professor Steven Haines giving evidence. Photo credit HRAS
Professor Steven Haines giving evidence. Photo credit HRAS

An inquiry into the future of the United Nations on the Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS) and its applicability in 21st century has been launched by the UK House of Lords Select Committee on International Relations and Defence. The House of Lords inquiry is considering the extent to which the UNCLOS is fit for purpose in 2021 and is examining the enforcement of UNCLOS, its dispute resolution mechanisms, and the extent to which it has proved able to adapt to new and emerging challenges, including climate change, autonomous maritime systems, and issues of human rights and human security at sea.

The inquiry will explore the UK’s current policy towards UNCLOS and approach in practice, and consider which international partners Continue reading “UN Convention on the Law of the Sea inquiry launched”

National Safe Boating Week in Australia and New Zealand highlighted three key issues

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has partnered with the Australian New Zealand Safe Education Boating Group (ANZSBEG) for National Safe Boating Week, which took place from the 2nd to the 8th of October. It represented an opportunity for governments, industry leaders, and casual and professional seafarers alike to highlight the importance of safe boating across Australia and New Zealand.

AMSA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Sachi Wimmer said “Boating is core to our way of life. Not only is it a great way to spend your free time and enjoy the outdoors, but we also have a lot of people on boats out on the water earning a living,” Continue reading “National Safe Boating Week in Australia and New Zealand highlighted three key issues”

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