A phased return to Survey and Inspection activity in the UK will commence from 20 July.
Marine Offices can now take bookings for 20 July onwards. Survey activities will be carried out in accordance with the guidance outlined in MIN 623 (M+F) and Operators are strongly advised to consult this document prior to making any arrangements. However, Marine Office front desk counter services will continue to remain closed at this time.
Overseas survey work and the survey and audit of internationally trading vessels will not resume at this time but will remain under review.
Maritime cadets will be allowed to extend their funding support given through the Maritime Training, under plans announced by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
The MCA has confirmed it will extend the Maritime Training (SMarT) Fund by up to three months for those cadets who have not been able to finish their training and gain their Certificate of Competency (CoC), within the 150-week SMarT funding period because of COVID-19.
The UK Ship Register has announced it is to open its first overseas sales hub in Greece as part of ambitious growth plans for the UK Flag.
The new venture, which will see the launch of a sales office in Piraeus, will allow UKSR to build valuable long-term partnerships with local ship owners as well as strengthen the presence of the Flag in the Greek shipping industry.
During this challenging time we’re aware that seafarers have concerns about accessing colleges and training centres to sit written exams and complete training. However, training providers must ensure that the health and safety of those attending is a priority.
Training providers and colleges must refer to the requirements from Public Health England or the equivalent devolved body and the Department of Education before they consider re-opening as an educational setting. MCA approved colleges and training Centres based outside of the UK must refer to guidance issued by their own administrations.
The UK Ship Register (UKSR) - part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is one of the best performing flags in the major Port State Control regimes. It has a reputation for maintaining the highest international standards.
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