We recognise that UK Registered vessels will be finding it increasingly difficult to organise surveys, audits, inspections and activities required under national and international regulations as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has set out guidance for customers in Marine Information Notice MIN 612 (M+F) to provide a basis for continued operations during this unprecedented period.
It is now possible that neither an MCA surveyor nor that of a Recognised Organisation will be able to carry out surveys and associated services. In instances where this happens a short-term certificate, of up to three months, may be issued on the basis of a declaration from the Master or responsible person that the vessel remains compliant with the requirements for the relevant instrument. The declaration is provided as an annex to MIN 612 (M+F)
The MIN 612 (M+F) offers more specific guidance and it is recommended you read the full document. If you do need further assistance, contact your local Marine Office.
Business continuity plans are in place across the MCA (including the UK Ship Register) to maintain operational support for operators.
This is a changing situation so please check you are reviewing the latest guidance and documents on gov.uk/mca before taking action. The contents of this MIN will be continuously reviewed, and revisions published as the situation changes.
Operators and Seafarers should make sure they are accessing the latest updates and guidance from The International Maritime Organization through their online media centre, available here: http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/HotTopics/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx