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 MCA Managing Beach Safety
Added: 16 Aug 2019

The UK’s beaches are special places, known around the world for their beauty and attracting millions of people every year.
They create lifelong cherished memories for those who visit, and are vital to the economies of both local communities and the country as a whole; they generate millions through tourism, and attract new residents who are seeking a better work-life balance, contributing directly to the survival of our seaside towns and resorts.
This guide from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency is for managing beach safety it has been created to assist coastal Local Authorities and others who are in effective control of the beach areas, to help keep people safe by assessing the risks and preventing incidents.
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 MAIB Accident Investigation Report 11/2019
Added: 05 Aug 2019
The MAIB have released their report regarding the grounding of the Russian bilk Carrier ’Kuzma Minin’ in Falmouth Bay.

Summary
Kuzma Minin grounded after dragging its anchor in Falmouth Bay, England and was successfully refloated on the next high water.
Damage included shell plate deformation and breached tanks. The vessel dragged its anchor in strong winds. Although the movement towards the shore was quickly detected by the bridge watchkeeper, the actions taken to proceed to sea were interrupted by the anchor becoming fouled by a discarded length of anchor chain.
As focus was turned to clearing the anchor, Kuzma Minin was blown towards the shore at a speed of over 2 knots.
Falmouth’s harbourmaster used local resources to refloat the vessel, but concerns over Kuzma Minin’s lack of P&I insurance cover, and its owner’s lack of co-operation in appointing a salvor, caused unexpected pressures.

Safety lessons
the financial situation of the Murmansk Shipping Company meant that Kuzma Minin’s master was unable to replenish bunkers and lube oil which influenced his decision to remain at anchor on a lee shore when strong winds were forecast.
Kuzma Minin’s lack of P&I insurance led to concerns over responsibility for salvage payment which hindered the appointment of experts and the ability to secure the services of an additional tug that was on passage nearby.

Recommendation
JSC Murmansk Shipping Company is recommended (2019/117) to take steps to ensure that its vessels are adequately resourced to operate safely and in accordance with international conventions, taking into account the potential consequences of vessels having insufficient fuel and oils, and the statutory requirement to maintain P&I insurance.

Published 1 August 2019
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 MCA Annual Report & Accounts 2018-2019
Added: 30 Jul 2019
The MCA have published their annual report and accounts for the 2018-2019.

Please find the attached report for full details.
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 MCA Annual Report & Accounts 2018-2019
Added: 30 Jul 2019
The MCA have published their annual report and accounts for the 2018-2019.

Please find the attached report for full details.
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 MCA -UK Search and Rescue Helicopters Post-Implementation Review
Added: 24 Jul 2019
MCA-UK Search and Rescue Helicopters Post-Implementation Review

This is the independently produced post-implementation review of the UK search and rescue helicopter service. The service has been in place since 2015 and in that time, has been responsible for the rescue of thousands of lives.

The UK Search and Rescue Helicopter (UKSARH) implementation represented a complex transformation of the UK’s aviation-based Search and Rescue (SAR) capability, introducing a number of major changes in the way the service was provided. QinetiQ conducted a comprehensive Post-Implementation Review (PIR) on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) to assess the effectiveness and performance of the transition to, and delivery of, the current UKSARH contract.
Please view the attached report for full details.

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 MCA -UK Search and Rescue Helicopters Post-Implementation Review
Added: 24 Jul 2019
MCA-UK Search and Rescue Helicopters Post-Implementation Review

This is the independently produced post-implementation review of the UK search and rescue helicopter service. The service has been in place since 2015 and in that time, has been responsible for the rescue of thousands of lives.

The UK Search and Rescue Helicopter (UKSARH) implementation represented a complex transformation of the UK’s aviation-based Search and Rescue (SAR) capability, introducing a number of major changes in the way the service was provided. QinetiQ conducted a comprehensive Post-Implementation Review (PIR) on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) to assess the effectiveness and performance of the transition to, and delivery of, the current UKSARH contract.
Please view the attached report for full details.

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 MCA -UK Search and Rescue Helicopters Post-Implementation Review
Added: 24 Jul 2019
MCA-UK Search and Rescue Helicopters Post-Implementation Review

This is the independently produced post-implementation review of the UK search and rescue helicopter service. The service has been in place since 2015 and in that time, has been responsible for the rescue of thousands of lives.

The UK Search and Rescue Helicopter (UKSARH) implementation represented a complex transformation of the UK’s aviation-based Search and Rescue (SAR) capability, introducing a number of major changes in the way the service was provided. QinetiQ conducted a comprehensive Post-Implementation Review (PIR) on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) to assess the effectiveness and performance of the transition to, and delivery of, the current UKSARH contract.
Please view the attached report for full details.

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 MCA -UK Search and Rescue Helicopters Post-Implementation Review
Added: 24 Jul 2019
MCA-UK Search and Rescue Helicopters Post-Implementation Review

This is the independently produced post-implementation review of the UK search and rescue helicopter service. The service has been in place since 2015 and in that time, has been responsible for the rescue of thousands of lives.

The UK Search and Rescue Helicopter (UKSARH) implementation represented a complex transformation of the UK’s aviation-based Search and Rescue (SAR) capability, introducing a number of major changes in the way the service was provided. QinetiQ conducted a comprehensive Post-Implementation Review (PIR) on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) to assess the effectiveness and performance of the transition to, and delivery of, the current UKSARH contract.
Please view the attached report for full details.

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 DfT Annual Maritime Report 2018 /2019
Added: 23 Jul 2019
The Department for Transport has published its Maritime Annual Report for 2018-2019.

The report highlights what the Department has achieved over the last 12 months and ambitions for the forthcoming year. The ports parts relate to English ports although the wider themes are UK-wide.

The launch and implementation of Maritime 2050 was, unsurprisingly, the primary focus as the Government’s main vehicle for maritime policy. The seven themes within it (the UK’s competitive advantage, environment, infrastructure, people, security, technology, and trade) are all covered. Three of those themes (trade, technology, and the environment) have published route maps this year.

Please read the full report for more detail & information.
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MAIB - Tiger One report publishedMAIB - Tiger One report published
Added: 18 Jul 2019
The MAIB report on the collision between the RIB Tiger One and a mooring buoy on the River Thames on 17 January 2019, resulting in minor injuries to both passengers and crew, and severe damage to the RIB, is now published.

Summary
The commercially operated rigid inflatable boat (RIB) Tiger One hit a mooring buoy on the River Thames in London, England, at a speed of about 26 knots in darkness. Two passengers and the boat’s two crew were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Tiger One was severely damaged.

The skipper and his lookout did not see the mooring buoy in time to take avoiding action.
The buoy’s light might have been difficult to see against the back scatter of shore lights and might also have been obscured to some degree by birds.
The crew had limited experience of operating in the area during the hours of darkness.
The skipper was navigating solely by eye and had either thought that Tiger One was closer to the centre of the navigable channel, or had forgotten that the buoy was there.

Safety lessons;
operating small passenger carrying open deck craft at high-speed on the river in darkness -the visibility of buoy lights.
The benefits of robust RIB construction, seating design.
The use of kill cords.

Recommendations;
In view of actions taken by Tiger One’s owner, the Royal Yachting Association and the Port of London Authority, no recommendations have been made.

Published 18 July 2019

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5d2dcbece5274a14e9f6bbc9/2019_-_10_-_Tiger_One.pdf

 
 MAIB Annual Report 2018 published
Added: 17 Jul 2019
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch have published their annual report, which highlights the work of the branch during 2018 and includes:

a report from the Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents
an overview of accidents reported
a summary of investigations started
details of investigation reports published
responses to recommendations issued
marine accident statistics
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/817106/2019-

AnnualReport2018.pdf
Read MAIB Annual Report 2018
 
 MCA launches yacht and powerboat safety consultation
Added: 16 Jul 2019
The Interests of recreational boaters will be presented to Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

The MCA wants to hear recreational boaters’ views on six draft Marine Guidance Notes (MGN) concerning guidance on boat safety over the next few weeks.
RYA Cruising Manager Stuart Carruthers said: “The MCA has launched this consultation as a result of recommendations made by the MAIB following a number of accident investigations and is part of an effort to establish a broader understanding across the wider boating sector as to what constitutes good practice.
"The RYA already provides a considerable amount of safety advice that is readily accessible by the boating public and intends to submit a full response, outlining our views and the concerns of our members.

Our response will focus on the interests of pleasure boaters with the aim of ensuring that any guidance is clear, realistic and proportionate."
The six notices cover guidance on keel groundings, rigging inspections, preparedness, stowage of lifesaving gear, vessel resilience and emergency procedures, and maintenance, modifications, damage and repairs.

They are aimed at both small commercial vessels as well as pleasure boats. The MCA states that it wishes to reinforce to owners, managing agents and skippers of both commercial and pleasure vessels what it considers good practice in terms of safety when going out to sea.

Boaters’ views are sought in the following areas:
Whether the draft notes contain guidance that is realistic to carry out in practice;
What other costs and benefits there might be that haven’t been included in the de minimis assessment;
If there is the right level of content in each MGN.
Full details on the draft MGNS and how to give your views can be found on the government website.
A full list of consultation questions is contained in Section 5 of this consultation.
The consultation closes on Thursday 18th July 2019 and the RYA encourages all boaters to respond.
 
 RYA - Alcohol Awareness Campaign
Added: 16 Jul 2019
The Royal Yachting Association and British Ports Association welcome announcement of a new national alcohol awareness campaign;

The Department for Transport campaign will warn about the risks of drinking afloat.
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA), which is recognised as the representational voice for recreational boaters, and the British Ports Association (BPA), representing over 350 ports, harbours and piers around the UK’s coast, have joined forces to welcome a ministerial announcement of an alcohol awareness campaign.

At the start of Maritime Safety Week on the 1st July, Transport and Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP announced that her Department would be undertaking a campaign to highlight the potential dangers of drinking and boating. The announcement was a key part of the Department for Transport’s Maritime Safety Action Plan which was launched in London this week.

The RYA and BPA are members of a newly formed Alcohol Awareness Steering Group which will work with the Government and other parts of the maritime sector to develop the campaign aimed at recreational boat users. The campaign aims to improve safety on the water by highlighting the dangers of drinking and boating.
RYA Director of External Affairs Howard Pridding comments “Our message on this issue is clear- Don’t Mix Alcohol and Boating.
“We welcome the initiative that Government is taking and have been pleased to work with colleagues from the British Ports Association and other stakeholders to develop the campaign that will encourage all who enjoy their recreation afloat to boat responsibly.”

BPA Chief Executive Richard Ballantyne said: “Although many recreational users enjoy boating responsibly, sadly it’s believed that the issue of drinking in the marine environment has contributed to incidents and accidents around our coast.
However as a sector we are alive to the problem and are using this campaign to create awareness and hopefully ensure people enjoy our wonderful coast and network of ports and marinas for the right reasons. As the key user representative body the Royal Yachting Association has a wide reach and it is great to link up with them to get this important message out.”
The Department for Transport’s Maritime Safety Action Plan underpins the Government’s Maritime 2050 Strategy, setting a vision for a safer marine environment and is available here.
 
 MCA -Unmaned Aerial Vehicals
Added: 15 Jul 2019
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency are inviting tenders for the following Drone Demonstration and Development Project.

The procurement will enable the MCA to assess the potential use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to augment current and future aerial surveillance capability by reducing, enhancing or replacing existing delivery methods.

It will seek to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of MCA operations whilst reducing the risk to MCA personnel. The key deliverable the MCA aims to achieve from a drone demonstration and development contract is to address and remove the regulatory issues and barriers to allow Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight in unsegregated and uncontrolled UK airspace.
The resulting evidence will support any recommendation for the employment of drones and provide evidence for the value for money argument of an operational capability.

Contract value - up to £990,000 over 18 months
 
 EMSA - AUTONOMOUS SHIPS STUDY
Added: 15 Jul 2019
The European Maritime Safety Agency is currently tendering for a study into Unmanned Autonomous Vessels;
The tender requirements shall undertake a study of the Risks and Regulatory Issues of Specific Cases of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (SAFEMASS).

The main objective of the study is to provide meaningful input to the EU Member States and possibly IMO on the on-going Regulatory Scoping Exercise (RSE) by identifying the emerging risks and regulatory gaps that are posed by the implementation of the different degrees of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS).
It is expected that information from other research or industry projects is used when necessary while avoiding duplication of the work in a meaningful manner. EMSA intends to conclude a service contract for the provision of a study in two part, with 3 deliverables. The delivery of the first and second reports shall be made within 5 months from the signature of the contract while the delivery of the third report within 8 months from the signature of the contract
Contract Value - Euro 250,000
 
 Ambitious targets to cut shipping emissions
Added: 12 Jul 2019
The Department for Transport reports;

zero-emission capable ships to be in UK waters by 2025, competition launched to spark innovation in clean maritime technology
clean maritime plan part of long-term strategy to keep UK as world leader in maritime sector.

All new ships for UK waters ordered from 2025 should be designed with zero-emission capable technologies, in ambitious plans set out by Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani to cut pollution from the country’s maritime sector.

The commitment is set out in the Clean maritime plan published today (11 July 2019). The government is also looking at ways to incentivise the transition to zero-emission shipping and will consult on this next year.
The plan also includes a £1 million competition to find innovative ways to reduce maritime emissions and is published alongside a call for evidence to reduce emissions on UK waterways and domestic vessels.

The clean maritime plan is part of the government’s Clean Air Strategy, which aims to cut down air pollution across all sectors to protect public health and the environment.
It will also help deliver the United Kingdom’s commitment to be net zero on greenhouse gases by 2050.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said:
Our maritime sector is vital to the success of the UK’s economy, but it must do everything it can to reduce emissions, improve air quality and tackle climate change.
The clean maritime plan sets an ambitious vision for the sector and opens up exciting opportunities for innovation. It will help make the UK a global hub for new green technologies in the maritime sector.
The maritime sector has already taken significant strides to reduce emissions – hybrid ferries are already being used in UK waters, including in the Scottish islands and on cross-Solent journeys to the Isle of Wight.

The Port of London Authority – where the Maritime Minister launched the plan today – also uses hybrid vessels.
Guidance has also today been issued to ports to assist them in developing air quality strategies.
This will both address their own operations and support improving air quality across the country.

A further consultation to increase the uptake of low carbon fuels will also take place next year.
The clean maritime plan is part of the government’s Maritime 2050, a long-term strategy published in January 2019 to keep the UK as a world leader in the maritime sector for decades to come.

Maritime media enquiries
Media enquiries
020 7944 3021
 
 UK Clean maritime plan
Added: 12 Jul 2019
Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani MP;

I am today (11 July 2019) announcing the publication of the clean maritime plan, the UK’s route map to clean growth for the maritime sector and pathway to zero-emission shipping.

The UK has one of the world’s proudest and most innovative maritime heritages. In January 2019, government launched Maritime 2050, a landmark strategy setting out our vision for the future of the British maritime sector.

The Clean maritime plan is the environment route map of Maritime 2050. It identifies ways to tackle air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions in parallel while securing clean growth opportunities for the UK.
A cleaner shipping industry will help make the air we breathe cleaner and safer, and create a healthy environment for the future.
It builds on the role the UK played as a leading voice in advocating for an ambitious global target to reduce greenhouse gases from shipping.

The initial greenhouse strategy agreed by the International Maritime Organization in 2018, set a target to reduce GHGs from international shipping by at least 50% by 2050 and to phase them out completely as soon as possible in this century.
By publishing the clean maritime plan, the UK becomes one of the first countries since the agreement of this initial strategy to publish a national action plan.
The plan is also the first cohesive national strategy to reduce domestic shipping emissions, as part of our journey to meeting net zero.
A global transition to clean shipping is taking place, presenting significant opportunities for economic growth.

Research undertaken for the government suggests the global market for maritime emission reduction technologies could reach £11 billion per year by 2050, potentially resulting in economic benefits to the UK of £510 million per year.
To capitalise on this economic opportunity and achieve zero-emission shipping, the clean maritime plan makes the following core commitments:
a call for evidence in 2020 on non-tax incentives to support the transition to zero emission shipping, as well as a consultation on how the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation could be used to encourage the uptake of low carbon fuels in maritime, and a green finance initiative for maritime, which will be launched at London International Shipping Week in September
a working group and study to identify and support potential UK zero-emission shipping clusters
government support for clean maritime innovation in the UK:
funding of £1.3 million to support clean maritime innovation through MarRI-UK
grant support for early stage research projects related to clean maritime
and a clean maritime award to celebrate leaders in the field of emissions reduction
a Maritime Emissions Regulation Advisory Service (MERAS), in place by 2020, to provide dedicated support to innovators using zero emission propulsion technologies.

The plan also contains a number of zero-emission shipping ambitions, outlining the government’s vision for the future of zero-emission shipping and the milestones that will need to be achieved to reach it.
This plan has been achieved through close cooperation between industry and government.
The Clean Maritime Council, an advisory body of key stakeholders from across the maritime sector, academia and government, worked alongside government to develop the strategy, and will continue to work with us to implement the commitments.
A full review of the clean maritime plan’s implementation will take place in 2022.
 
 Beaulieu River - Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour redevelopment
Added: 12 Jul 2019
Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour redevelopment

We’re excited to announce our plans for a major £2m redevelopment of Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour, extending the marina while preserving the unique character which makes it so special.

Bigger berths and more walk-ashore pontoons will be offered to keep pace with modern demands. The reconfiguration will offer the best possible service while keeping a similar look and feel to the existing yacht harbour.

To minimise disruption, the works have been scheduled to take place over the winters of 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.

Please note we will have limited visitor availability during the first stage of works and from 23rd September 2019 until the end of March 2020 only swinging moorings will be available.

Beaulieu Enterprises Managing Director Russell Bowman said:
“The proposals represent a significant investment in the future of the Beaulieu River and are an important part of ensuring that it remains one of the most desirable places to visit and moor a yacht.
“We recognise that the Beaulieu River is a very special place and are committed to undertaking the project in a sensitive and sustainable way. Its unique character remains of paramount importance to us for its future.

“The reconfiguration will offer the best possible service for our customers, while keeping a similar look and feel to the existing yacht harbour.”
 
 Adler and Allan first organisation accredited by International Spill Accreditation Scheme
Added: 10 Jul 2019
UKHMA Commercial members Adler & Allan are the first response organisation to be recognised by the International Spill Accreditation Scheme (ISAS) as an accredited third-party Tier 2 Oil Spill Response Organisation (OSRO) for sheltered / enclosed waters, coastal & large estuary and shoreline clean-up.

The accreditation demonstrates Adler and Allan’s preparedness to respond to marine spill events with multiple deployments.
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 The Importance of Life Jackets
Added: 07 Jul 2019
11 people, who drowned in 2018, might be alive today had they been wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. This is one of the main findings of this year’s MCA Casualty Review Panel.

The panel reviewed 22 fatalities from 2018 and agreed that 11 lives could have been saved if they had been wearing a lifejacket. This figure is slightly lower than last year’s figure of 13 lives (out of 27 fatalities).

In the twelve years that the panel has been meeting, is has recorded that 200 lives could have been saved by wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid.

The majority of incidents last year involved commercial fishermen (including accidents at fish farms) and anglers, many of which happened in Scottish sea lochs.

The panel’s overriding advice was to wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid appropriate to your activity which is proven to greatly improve your chances of surviving the shock of entering cold water. The panel also recommended an additional package of measures to keep you safe for your activity.

Carrying a VHF DSC radio and knowing how to use it to contact the coastguard or other vessels carrying a personal location beacon or emergency position indicating radio beacon (PLB) or (EPIRB) will help rescuers to locate you and even if you’re unconscious the alarm will be raised.

Downloading the RYA SafeTrx app on your phone and using it in an emergency could make all the difference.
Wearing appropriate clothing and carrying the right safety equipment for your sport, particularly rock anglers and sport fishermen wading in slippery rivers.
Making sure your equipment is properly fitted, for example wearing a lifejacket with a crotch strap attached.
This advice comes after the panel looked at a case where a yachtsman died because he was wearing a lifejacket that was not properly fitted, had ridden up and was not keeping his head above water.

Maritime safety week is focusing on important safety issues such as lifejacket wear this year.
On Wednesday 3 July as part of this, Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP met with other ministers and the fishing industry to talk about fishing vessel safety.
 
 The Importance of Life Jackets
Added: 07 Jul 2019
11 people, who drowned in 2018, might be alive today had they been wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. This is one of the main findings of this year’s MCA Casualty Review Panel.

The panel reviewed 22 fatalities from 2018 and agreed that 11 lives could have been saved if they had been wearing a lifejacket. This figure is slightly lower than last year’s figure of 13 lives (out of 27 fatalities).

In the twelve years that the panel has been meeting, is has recorded that 200 lives could have been saved by wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid.

The majority of incidents last year involved commercial fishermen (including accidents at fish farms) and anglers, many of which happened in Scottish sea lochs.

The panel’s overriding advice was to wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid appropriate to your activity which is proven to greatly improve your chances of surviving the shock of entering cold water. The panel also recommended an additional package of measures to keep you safe for your activity.

Carrying a VHF DSC radio and knowing how to use it to contact the coastguard or other vessels carrying a personal location beacon or emergency position indicating radio beacon (PLB) or (EPIRB) will help rescuers to locate you and even if you’re unconscious the alarm will be raised.

Downloading the RYA SafeTrx app on your phone and using it in an emergency could make all the difference.
Wearing appropriate clothing and carrying the right safety equipment for your sport, particularly rock anglers and sport fishermen wading in slippery rivers.
Making sure your equipment is properly fitted, for example wearing a lifejacket with a crotch strap attached.
This advice comes after the panel looked at a case where a yachtsman died because he was wearing a lifejacket that was not properly fitted, had ridden up and was not keeping his head above water.

Maritime safety week is focusing on important safety issues such as lifejacket wear this year.
On Wednesday 3 July as part of this, Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP met with other ministers and the fishing industry to talk about fishing vessel safety.
 
 The Importance of Life Jackets
Added: 07 Jul 2019
11 people, who drowned in 2018, might be alive today had they been wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. This is one of the main findings of this year’s MCA Casualty Review Panel.

The panel reviewed 22 fatalities from 2018 and agreed that 11 lives could have been saved if they had been wearing a lifejacket. This figure is slightly lower than last year’s figure of 13 lives (out of 27 fatalities).

In the twelve years that the panel has been meeting, is has recorded that 200 lives could have been saved by wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid.

The majority of incidents last year involved commercial fishermen (including accidents at fish farms) and anglers, many of which happened in Scottish sea lochs.

The panel’s overriding advice was to wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid appropriate to your activity which is proven to greatly improve your chances of surviving the shock of entering cold water. The panel also recommended an additional package of measures to keep you safe for your activity.

Carrying a VHF DSC radio and knowing how to use it to contact the coastguard or other vessels carrying a personal location beacon or emergency position indicating radio beacon (PLB) or (EPIRB) will help rescuers to locate you and even if you’re unconscious the alarm will be raised.

Downloading the RYA SafeTrx app on your phone and using it in an emergency could make all the difference.
Wearing appropriate clothing and carrying the right safety equipment for your sport, particularly rock anglers and sport fishermen wading in slippery rivers.
Making sure your equipment is properly fitted, for example wearing a lifejacket with a crotch strap attached.
This advice comes after the panel looked at a case where a yachtsman died because he was wearing a lifejacket that was not properly fitted, had ridden up and was not keeping his head above water.

Maritime safety week is focusing on important safety issues such as lifejacket wear this year.
On Wednesday 3 July as part of this, Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP met with other ministers and the fishing industry to talk about fishing vessel safety.
 
 The Importance of Life Jackets
Added: 07 Jul 2019
11 people, who drowned in 2018, might be alive today had they been wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. This is one of the main findings of this year’s MCA Casualty Review Panel.

The panel reviewed 22 fatalities from 2018 and agreed that 11 lives could have been saved if they had been wearing a lifejacket. This figure is slightly lower than last year’s figure of 13 lives (out of 27 fatalities).

In the twelve years that the panel has been meeting, is has recorded that 200 lives could have been saved by wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid.

The majority of incidents last year involved commercial fishermen (including accidents at fish farms) and anglers, many of which happened in Scottish sea lochs.

The panel’s overriding advice was to wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid appropriate to your activity which is proven to greatly improve your chances of surviving the shock of entering cold water. The panel also recommended an additional package of measures to keep you safe for your activity.

Carrying a VHF DSC radio and knowing how to use it to contact the coastguard or other vessels carrying a personal location beacon or emergency position indicating radio beacon (PLB) or (EPIRB) will help rescuers to locate you and even if you’re unconscious the alarm will be raised.

Downloading the RYA SafeTrx app on your phone and using it in an emergency could make all the difference.
Wearing appropriate clothing and carrying the right safety equipment for your sport, particularly rock anglers and sport fishermen wading in slippery rivers.
Making sure your equipment is properly fitted, for example wearing a lifejacket with a crotch strap attached.
This advice comes after the panel looked at a case where a yachtsman died because he was wearing a lifejacket that was not properly fitted, had ridden up and was not keeping his head above water.

Maritime safety week is focusing on important safety issues such as lifejacket wear this year.
On Wednesday 3 July as part of this, Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP met with other ministers and the fishing industry to talk about fishing vessel safety.
 
 The Importance of Life Jackets
Added: 07 Jul 2019
11 people, who drowned in 2018, might be alive today had they been wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. This is one of the main findings of this year’s MCA Casualty Review Panel.

The panel reviewed 22 fatalities from 2018 and agreed that 11 lives could have been saved if they had been wearing a lifejacket. This figure is slightly lower than last year’s figure of 13 lives (out of 27 fatalities).

In the twelve years that the panel has been meeting, is has recorded that 200 lives could have been saved by wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid.

The majority of incidents last year involved commercial fishermen (including accidents at fish farms) and anglers, many of which happened in Scottish sea lochs.

The panel’s overriding advice was to wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid appropriate to your activity which is proven to greatly improve your chances of surviving the shock of entering cold water. The panel also recommended an additional package of measures to keep you safe for your activity.

Carrying a VHF DSC radio and knowing how to use it to contact the coastguard or other vessels carrying a personal location beacon or emergency position indicating radio beacon (PLB) or (EPIRB) will help rescuers to locate you and even if you’re unconscious the alarm will be raised.

Downloading the RYA SafeTrx app on your phone and using it in an emergency could make all the difference.
Wearing appropriate clothing and carrying the right safety equipment for your sport, particularly rock anglers and sport fishermen wading in slippery rivers.
Making sure your equipment is properly fitted, for example wearing a lifejacket with a crotch strap attached.
This advice comes after the panel looked at a case where a yachtsman died because he was wearing a lifejacket that was not properly fitted, had ridden up and was not keeping his head above water.

Maritime safety week is focusing on important safety issues such as lifejacket wear this year.
On Wednesday 3 July as part of this, Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP met with other ministers and the fishing industry to talk about fishing vessel safety.
 
 The Importance of Life Jackets
Added: 07 Jul 2019
11 people, who drowned in 2018, might be alive today had they been wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. This is one of the main findings of this year’s MCA Casualty Review Panel.

The panel reviewed 22 fatalities from 2018 and agreed that 11 lives could have been saved if they had been wearing a lifejacket. This figure is slightly lower than last year’s figure of 13 lives (out of 27 fatalities).

In the twelve years that the panel has been meeting, is has recorded that 200 lives could have been saved by wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid.

The majority of incidents last year involved commercial fishermen (including accidents at fish farms) and anglers, many of which happened in Scottish sea lochs.

The panel’s overriding advice was to wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid appropriate to your activity which is proven to greatly improve your chances of surviving the shock of entering cold water. The panel also recommended an additional package of measures to keep you safe for your activity.

Carrying a VHF DSC radio and knowing how to use it to contact the coastguard or other vessels carrying a personal location beacon or emergency position indicating radio beacon (PLB) or (EPIRB) will help rescuers to locate you and even if you’re unconscious the alarm will be raised.

Downloading the RYA SafeTrx app on your phone and using it in an emergency could make all the difference.
Wearing appropriate clothing and carrying the right safety equipment for your sport, particularly rock anglers and sport fishermen wading in slippery rivers.
Making sure your equipment is properly fitted, for example wearing a lifejacket with a crotch strap attached.
This advice comes after the panel looked at a case where a yachtsman died because he was wearing a lifejacket that was not properly fitted, had ridden up and was not keeping his head above water.

Maritime safety week is focusing on important safety issues such as lifejacket wear this year.
On Wednesday 3 July as part of this, Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP met with other ministers and the fishing industry to talk about fishing vessel safety.
 
 The Importance of Life Jackets
Added: 07 Jul 2019
11 people, who drowned in 2018, might be alive today had they been wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. This is one of the main findings of this year’s MCA Casualty Review Panel.

The panel reviewed 22 fatalities from 2018 and agreed that 11 lives could have been saved if they had been wearing a lifejacket. This figure is slightly lower than last year’s figure of 13 lives (out of 27 fatalities).

In the twelve years that the panel has been meeting, is has recorded that 200 lives could have been saved by wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid.

The majority of incidents last year involved commercial fishermen (including accidents at fish farms) and anglers, many of which happened in Scottish sea lochs.

The panel’s overriding advice was to wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid appropriate to your activity which is proven to greatly improve your chances of surviving the shock of entering cold water. The panel also recommended an additional package of measures to keep you safe for your activity.

Carrying a VHF DSC radio and knowing how to use it to contact the coastguard or other vessels carrying a personal location beacon or emergency position indicating radio beacon (PLB) or (EPIRB) will help rescuers to locate you and even if you’re unconscious the alarm will be raised.

Downloading the RYA SafeTrx app on your phone and using it in an emergency could make all the difference.
Wearing appropriate clothing and carrying the right safety equipment for your sport, particularly rock anglers and sport fishermen wading in slippery rivers.
Making sure your equipment is properly fitted, for example wearing a lifejacket with a crotch strap attached.
This advice comes after the panel looked at a case where a yachtsman died because he was wearing a lifejacket that was not properly fitted, had ridden up and was not keeping his head above water.

Maritime safety week is focusing on important safety issues such as lifejacket wear this year.
On Wednesday 3 July as part of this, Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP met with other ministers and the fishing industry to talk about fishing vessel safety.
 
 Autonomous Shipping Update
Added: 03 Jul 2019
Last year, the Ship Owners Club proudly launched a dedicated autonomous vessel P&I policy, the first of its kind in the world. The Club consulted owners, operators and manufacturers of autonomous vessels to ensure that we fully understood the needs of this specialist sector.

Since then, the Club has gained several new Members who are doing exciting and innovative things with autonomous technology. This article features two of those Members and their recent achievements.

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 Maritime Safety Put into the Spotlight
Added: 02 Jul 2019
People who drink while boating will be the focus of a new government campaign to improve safety on the water.

The campaign, targeting recreational boaters, is part of the first Maritime Safety Action plan, published today (1 July 2019) by the Department for Transport.
It sets ambitious targets for reducing and eliminating preventable deaths, while also setting out the work the government and its agencies are already doing – marking the start of the inaugural Maritime Safety Week.

A consultation will also be held later this year on the safety of personal watercraft – such as jet skis – to ensure lives are not endangered by negligent users.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said:
Keeping people safe on or around water is at the heart of everything we do.
This plan is rightly ambitious in setting out how we will reduce the number of fatalities on our waterways as quickly as possible.
Our campaign will also reach those who don’t use boats that often, and who may need reminding of the risks they are taking when they drink and sail.

It is hoped that the first ever Maritime Safety Action Plan will help cut preventable fishing deaths by 2027 and half drowning by 2026.
Maritime Safety Week, which starts today, will focus on a number of different elements of safety on the water, including fishing vessel safety.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has also pledged to carry out a review of its decision-making to ensure it follows recommendations set out by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, which looks into the causes of fatalities at sea.

The plan comes as one of the first actions from Maritime 2050, which was published in January and is the government’s long-term strategy to keep the UK as a world leader in the sector for decades to come.
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