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MMO: New improvements to licencing systemMMO: New improvements to licencing system
Added: 08 Mar 2019
Read the blog from Trudi Wakelin (Director of Marine Licensing)

The MMO continues on its journey to bring a tide of new improvements to our marine licensing service.

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MMO invites you to put your views on recordMMO invites you to put your views on record
Added: 06 Mar 2019
The MMO’s Michael Coyle is urging owners and operators of under 10 metre fishing boats, registered in England and Wales, to help influence the introduction of a new licence condition.

This month our catch recording joint consultation with Welsh Government continues and we’re keen to find out how a new licence condition could affect you and your business.


The consultation, which will run until 2 April 2019, is open to everyone but doesn’t apply to vessels registered in Scotland or Northern Ireland, where there are separate arrangements in place.

The new approach would see the owners and operators of under 10 metre commercial fishing vessels, who catch and land species subject to quotas, catch limits or effort restrictions, recording their catch via a mobile phone or tablet prior to fish leaving the vessel.

Those who catch only non-quota species would have 24 hours to record their catch using a mobile device, personal computer or laptop.

For all catches, a declaration must be submitted online within 48 hours of fish leaving the vessel providing accurate weights of all species landed.

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Cowes announces 2019 cruise seasonCowes announces 2019 cruise season
Added: 05 Mar 2019
Seven cruise ships to visit Cowes Harbour and four maiden calls

Cowes Harbour Commission is extremely pleased to announce that Cowes, Isle of Wight, has seven cruise ship calls booked for 2019, including four inaugural calls from some of the world’s premium luxury cruise lines.

The Cowes cruise season starts just ahead of Easter with a maiden call on 17th April from Hanseatic Nature, one of Hapag Lloyd’s new expedition class ships. Then from May to July, another six cruise ships are scheduled to come to the Island, including Europa, a regular visitor to Cowes. July will mark an exciting point in the development of the harbour’s cruise business; the inaugural visits to Cowes of ultra-luxury cruise ships The World, Seabourn Quest, and Silver Wind.

The World, the largest private residential ship on the planet, will be the first cruise ship to pay an overnight visit to Cowes on 12th-13th July. Seabourn Quest will visit Cowes on 15th July and is the third iteration of the vessel design that has been called a “game-changer for the luxury segment”. Silversea’s intimate cruise ship Silver Wind, which had a major upgrade in December 2018, will call on 18th July.

The global cruise market is currently growing at an exponential rate, and it is also excellent news that the UK is experiencing growth in ports-of-call visits. Locally, Cowes Harbour Commission has a strategic policy to contribute with stakeholders to the promotion of Cowes as a destination, including attracting increased cruise calls to Cowes.

Harbour Master at Cowes, Capt. Stuart McIntosh said: “Working with local partners, the Commission aims to deliver annual growth in cruise visits to Cowes. We believe that the Isle of Wight offers an ideal destination for luxury cruise operators looking to cater to current demand for experiential and personalised travel. By bringing additional international attention to the Island, we hope to see a continual development in cruise tourism.”

New for 2019, Cowes Harbour Commission has facilitated the development by shoreside tour operators of several new land and water-based excursions to further enhance the range of unique experiences available to cruise passengers, including for the first time tours based in and around the vibrant Cowes town.

Jack Brooke, Senior Account Manager Shore Excursions UK & Ireland for Intercruises, said: “Cowes is a fascinating coastal town with a long, prestigious maritime history. It is with great pleasure that we have started working with Cowes Harbour Commission and local stakeholders in recent years as the Island grows in recognition and reputation as an up-and-coming UK cruise destination. With the support of local business and the port authority, Intercruises has been able to develop a varied portfolio of tour excursions from Cowes with several new tours debuting this year for cruise passengers.”

The Isle of Wight is ready to provide itinerary planners with a host of tour options for cruise passengers wanting high quality and authentic experiences at destinations. All cruise operators considering Cowes as a potential port-of-call are welcome to contact Cowes Harbour Commission for further information.

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Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour wins Coastal Marina of the YearBuckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour wins Coastal Marina of the Year
Added: 28 Feb 2019
Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour is celebrating being named as winner of the Coastal Marina of the Year in The Yacht Harbour Association (THYA) awards.*

The coveted accolade recognises the best of over 160 Gold Anchor accredited marinas around the globe, with boaters voting for their favourite marina delivering excellent facilities and services.

The Beaulieu River and Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour is one of the most desired locations and one of the few privately-owned estuaries in the world. Its picturesque setting and wildlife has been preserved by four centuries of custodianship by the forebears of Lord Montagu. A recent £400,000 investment in new five-star facilities has provided an upgraded showers and facilities building, in keeping with its natural setting in the New Forest National Park.

Lord Montagu said: “I am delighted that Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour has won this award, especially as it is based on the votes of people who visit and keep their boats on the river. The work done by Harbour Master (and UKHMA Full Member) Wendy Stowe and her staff to improve the facilities and services is evidently appreciated by our customers and I would like to thank them for this ringing endorsement.”

To mark the achievement, a trophy will be presented by the Chairman of TYHA at the Marina Conference, sponsored by Walcon, on April 24th.

TYHA General Manager Jon White said: “The array of marinas who stood out in this year’s competition showed how strong today’s marinas are at achieving and often exceeding the modern consumer’s standard of quality service and excellent facilities.”

Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour has a long track record of giving a very personal and outstanding service to its customers, which Wendy and her team have continued to build on since she brought her extensive industry knowledge and experience to the role on her appointment three years ago.

Full marina services, an open policy boatyard and chandlery are offered at Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour, along with a range of benefits including free Wi-Fi. A restaurant, bar and tea shop are on the doorstep at the 18th century shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard, with its Maritime Museum.

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ABPmer’s audit confirms the Port of Milford Haven’s clear focus on marine safety standardsABPmer’s audit confirms the Port of Milford Haven’s clear focus on marine safety standards
Added: 27 Feb 2019
The Port Marine Safety Code assurance audit is required for all UK Harbour Authorities and any organisation running port marine terminals.

The Port of Milford Haven commissioned UKHMA Commercial Member, ABPmer, to provide a full and transparent check of its compliance with the requirements of the Code. The aim of an assurance visit is to confirm that ports and harbours are maintaining standards of marine safety, in line with the requirements of the Code.

The Port of Milford Haven is a leading UK port handling over 30 million tonnes of cargo annually. The Harbour Authority is responsible for the safe and efficient movement of all vessels on the Milford Haven Waterway. The Authority provides a Pilotage service, vessel traffic services (VTS) for monitoring navigational safety, and a dedicated water ranger for on-the-water safety and assistance.

Following the three-day assurance audit ABPmer confirmed that the Port of Milford Haven is compliant with all requirements of the Code. The audit tested the 10 key measures required for compliance, together with the associated benchmarking for safe port marine operations.

The Authority’s Harbourmaster, Mike Ryan said: “This is further endorsement and confirmation of the Port’s commitment to providing a safe operation for all port users. The audit clearly demonstrates that it’s not a cliché – safety really does come first in everything that we do.”

Monty Smedley, ABPmer’s Lead PMSC Auditor added: “We were very pleased to confirm to the Port of Milford Haven’s Board that their harbour operations demonstrated compliance with the Code, with many examples that we considered to be industry best practice.”

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 MAIB Report: Fall from accommodation ladder on chemical tanker
Added: 18 Feb 2019
Fall from accommodation ladder platform on chemical oil tanker Nabucco with loss of 1 life

Crew member fell between the Luxembourg-flagged vessel and the quay at Saltend, Hull, England. Lead investigation State: Luxembourg.
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Grounding of general cargo vessel Celtica Hav Grounding of general cargo vessel Celtica Hav
Added: 24 Jan 2019
MAIB Accident Investigation Report 1/2019

MAIB investigation report into marine accident including what happened, safety lessons learned and recommendations relating to the grounding of general cargo vessel Celtica Hav in the approaches to the River Neath, Wales
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