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 Maritime minister hails port’s green credentials
Added: 17 Jan 2020
Minister sees green revolution at Port of Blyth.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani has today (16 January 2020) hailed the Port of Blyth as one of the leading lights in the British maritime industry’s push for a greener, cleaner future.

Visiting the port, the minister saw first-hand the green revolution taking place on the site, which is developing into one of the UK’s leading offshore energy hubs. It is an example of the growing clean, green offshore wind revolution that is powering homes and businesses across the UK, bringing investment into coastal communities and ensuring we maintain our position as global leaders in this growing sector.

The port also showcased its world-leading offshore renewable energy research and testing facilities, which could play a key part in helping the government achieve the goals set out in its Maritime 2050 strategy.

The port also showcased its world-leading offshore renewable energy research and testing facilities, which could play a key part in helping the government achieve the goals set out in its Maritime 2050 strategy.
Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said:
I am delighted to have made my first visit to the Port of Blyth today.

The maritime industry is at the heart of the UK’s economy. The Port of Blyth is not only one of our key ports as a global trading nation, but also a fantastic example of the thriving offshore wind sector that is boosting renewable energy across the UK.

Our Clean maritime plan outlines an ambitious vision for the maritime industry and I was delighted to meet some of the port’s brilliant staff to see the wider work being done to reduce emissions, improve air quality and tackle climate change.

The government’s Maritime 2050 strategy sets out a high-level vision for the sector’s future, outlining the UK’s goal to remain a global leader in maritime.
At the heart of the strategy is a focus on precisely the sort of clean growth and transition to zero emission industry, business and operations that the Port of Blyth is focusing on.

Maritime 2050 also makes clear the need to transform and grow the UK’s maritime workforce, and the Maritime Minister learned what the port has been doing to attract people into key STEM roles.
 MCA 2019 Review
Added: 03 Jan 2020
Reflecting on a busy 2019.

As we enter a new year and a new decade we’re looking back at what’s been a busy 12 months for the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

Here’s just a snapshot of what we got up to during 2019. From all of us at the MCA, have a safe and happy New Year.

Rescue teams from Shetland and Stornoway shared the prestigious DfT Rescue Shield. A fallen climber was saved from a remote cliff precipice with a 200 ft drop below.
MCA members of staff honoured for services to safety in the New Year’s Honours list.

Our Enforcement team brought about a prosecution resulting in a £25 k fine for the owners of a 85 m tanker which had serious navigation and safety deficiencies, putting those on board and other maritime users at risk.
The counter-pollution team oversaw the response to an oil spill at Limekilns, Scotland, removing the oil from the beach.

A ‘textbook’ approach to safety precautions helped save the life of Reegan Green, a Cornish fisherman. He fell overboard but his lifejacket with a beacon meant he could be identified in rough cold seas after falling overboard at night. He was airlifted to safety.
In Scotland, two kayakers were rescued when they got into trouble and triggered their personal locator beacons (PLBs), small handheld subscription-emergency locator devices, they cost approx. £200.

A year-long trial of the use of drones for search and rescue was launched in partnership with other emergency services in Essex.
Environmental scientists from the counter pollution team were involved in trials in the Clyde for a new aircraft that can fly over pollution in the seas to monitor pollution and drop dispersants to help break up oil spills.

The UK Ship Register (UKSR) became available to ship owners across the globe so they can register their ships and comply with the high UK safety standards, improving shipping safety worldwide. By the end of November, the UK had 1,178 commercial, non-fishing vessels on the register comprising 10.5 million gross tonnes.
Inverness, one of 10 strategically located sites for the search and rescue helicopters, received a £20 million investment in two new helicopters for long-range rescues in the most demanding conditions.

We launched our first survey to assess what the experience for people with disabilities using ferries and cruise ships is like, to help guide future policy.
HM Coastguard, part of the MCA, stepped in to help other emergency services in Lincolnshire. Hundreds of people and homes had to be evacuated when two months’ worth of rain fell in two days.

We showcased search and rescue and counter-pollution at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire where astronaut Major Tim Peake was among the thousands of visitors.
There were nearly 5,000 incidents this month. Including rescues of six people cut off by the tide at Holy Island, Northumbria; 15 fishermen airlifted off a sinking vessel in the Scottish islands; 21 passengers and two crew rescued from a pleasure vessel taking on water off West Wales; a time-critical rescue of a man trapped in rocks in Norfolk.

Jenson and Reuben, the UK’s youngest surviving pre-term twin boys who were flown by emergency helicopter to Oxford from Cornwall returned a year on to meet their rescuers in Newquay.
Baby Torran who was born during a Newquay helicopter’s dash to hospital also returned to the base with his parents and sister to celebrate his first birthday.

The MCA’s receiver of wreck ensures that a bell from USS Osprey, a US Navy ship which sank off the Isle of Wight during WWII is returned to the American authorities.
An international maritime rescue federation Award was won by the MCA for work exploring the use of remotely operated vehicles in search and rescue operations.
Popular BBC TV show master chef chose The Dover coastguard operations centre above the iconic white cliffs for its celebrity challenge.

The enforcement team’s work to ensure safety for seafarers who go to sea on all types of vessels from those involved in commercial fishing to international racing yachts meant that 467 reports have been investigated in the last year and 11 cases are currently going through the judicial process.
A scientist turned deck officer, Dr Ewan McNeil from Fife, received the MCA’s Officer Trainee of the Year award.

People from across the MCA took part in Remembrance Day services to pay respect to the fallen and those who lived through war.
HM Coastguard took part in an international search and rescue operation after a super yacht in Indonesia set off its emergency beacon. Happily all four people on board made it to safety.

At the end of 2019 in the few days from Christmas Eve up to New Year’s HM Coastguard responded to 661 incidents around the UK. Over a year, we respond to more than 24,000 incidents.
The MCA’s counter pollution team has been working with Pembrokeshire county council to clear and recover debris after a container ship lost some of its cargo in rough seas. Apples, packets of rice cakes and tin foil have been washed up on beaches.
MAIB - Stolt Groenland interim reportMAIB - Stolt Groenland interim report
Added: 17 Dec 2019
On 28 September 2019 the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands requested, in accordance with the IMO Casualty Investigation Code, that the MAIB investigate an explosion and fire on board the chemical tanker Stolt Groenland which occurred that day in Ulsan, Republic of Korea.

Our investigation is ongoing but we have produced this interim report to highlight issues to chemical tanker owners/operators and to request information from ship owners, ship and terminal operators, or individuals regarding any accident or ‘near-misses’ involving the carriage of styrene monomer on board ships, including any actions subsequently taken.
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 Millgarth MAIB Report Published
Added: 06 Dec 2019
At 1749 on 27 January 2019, the chief engineer on board the tug Millgarth, fell into the River Mersey from the north oil stage at the Tranmere Oil Terminal at Birkenhead, England.

He had released Millgarth’s mooring lines and was attempting to re-board the tug. His lifejacket inflated automatically on entering the water and his crewmates were able to recover him alongside the tug within 5 minutes.

The crew were unable to lift the chief engineer out of the water because he had quickly become incapacitated in the cold water and lost consciousness.
He was recovered at 1811 by the crew of rescue boat Marine Fire Rescue 1; he had suffered cardiac arrest and could not be revived.

Safety issues
accessing the tugs via the oil stage fenders at the Tranmere Oil Terminal was a common practice and was extremely dangerous, particularly in poor weather conditions,the lack of safe access to and from Svitzer tugs at Tranmere Oil Terminal had been recognised for at least 14 years prior to this accident and had been raised at safety committee meetings and during company inspections many times prior to this accident.

Svitzer UK and Essar did not formally identify and evaluate the shared risks associated with access to and from an unmoored tug or discuss how these could be mitigated,the crew had not been fully prepared to deal with the emergency situation, and were unfamiliar with the use of the tug’s MOB rescue-sling.

On 14 June 2019, the MAIB carried out a preliminary assessment of a non-fatal man overboard incident on Svitzer Victory. Due to the similarity of this incident with the fatal accident on Millgarth.

The Chief Inspector of the MAIB issued an urgent safety recommendation (2019/115) to Svitzer A/S concerning the safe conduct of tug access and egress.
This report makes further safety recommendations (2019/121 and 2019/122) to Svitzer A/S regarding the dissemination and closure of audit findings, attendance at man overboard drills and the use of man overboard recovery equipment.

Both Svitzer A/S (2019/123) and Essar Oil UK (2019/124) have been recommended to ensure that a thorough assessment of site-specific risks leading to an agreed method statement of work is completed for all the locations where shared risks are identified.

Related publications
MAIB report 19/2016: fatal accident while manoeuvring Svitzer Moira alongside an unmanned tug Royal Portbury Dock, Bristol on 29 December 2015
Published 5 December 2019
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 Royal Life Saving Society ’Don’t Drink and Drown’ campaign
Added: 03 Dec 2019
The Royal Life Saving Society have today launched their ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ campaign.
This follows research that indicates more than a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol and/or drugs in their bloodstream.
The UK Maritime community are supporting this campaign and would very much encourage all Ports, Harbours and Marinas to do the same.
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 Industry Best Practice launched for marine domestic water facilities
Added: 19 Nov 2019
Industry Specialist Consulting Group issues Inland and Coastal guidance
This week, the Industry Specialist Consulting Group (ISCG) has released new Industry Best Practice (IBP) for the marine industry, both inland and coastal, on the safe operation of water facilities in marinas, boatyards, sailing centres, canals and other inland waterways.

The guidance has been created by both water suppliers and experts from the marine industry with the aim of having safe and practical operations in both the commercial and recreational sectors.

As well as providing guidance on the minimum level of backflow protection required in-line with effective control measures, it will contribute towards smarter use of water and have a more positive environmental benefit.

It does this by providing marine operators with a consistent standard of operations, procedures and equipment for the provision and maintenance of domestic water facilities.
The intended outcome is to enable water undertakers (the regulatory enforcers) and end users to work together more effectively to safeguard the public drinking water network.

Industry first
The first of its kind for the industry, the ISCG was formed to provide the recreational boating industry with practical guidance in the safe use and operation of coastal and inland water facilities. It consists of representatives from water undertakers, together with industry experts from British Marine, the RYA, The Yacht Harbour Association, and The Canal & River Trust.

The group aims to ensure that current and future operations are safer, more efficient and give a higher and consistent safety standard across a wide range of marine operations.

RYA Director of Affairs, Howard Pridding, said: “We welcome the introduction of this Industry Best Practice, which is designed to raise operational standards in the supply of domestic water for recreational boating activity, ensuring consistent practice across the inland and coastal marine industry.
“For our affiliated sailing clubs and recognised training centres, this new guidance will offer help and guidance on the security surrounding the safety of water supplies and how that water is used. The document advises clubs on the best practice of regular activities such as the rinsing of dinghies and filling of water tanks. Key elements of the water safety guidance include the correct labelling of water points and allocating designated areas for boat maintenance which involves the use of water.”

Working in partnership
Lesley Robinson, British Marine CEO, added: "We’re delighted to see the introduction of the IBP which will deliver a high level of consistency across the industry ensuring that all recreational marine activity, whether on a large or small scale, works to the same standards.
Importantly, it applies to both inland and coastal operations establishing a better understanding and shared standards across the whole of Britain’s boating network.

"The simple IBP guide makes compliance with the water regulations very clear, allowing our marinas, harbours and boatyards operating water facilities to work to the required standards, provide and share their own feedback on any problems or benefits of operations and ultimately, build new sites and update their facilities more easily."

Anglian Water, Hyfran Duffyd, Jersey Water, Severn Trent Water and Southern Water all now accept now accept the guidance contained within Industry Best Practice (IBP) Marine Water Facilities – Inland and Coastal (edition 1).
 ABPMER -Report Published: Mapping Shipping Cargo Value
Added: 19 Nov 2019
The results of a project undertaken by marine consultancy ABPmer, to develop a method to assign values to shipping cargo has been published by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).

The resulting mapping and information will improve the evidence base used in developing marine plan policies.

Monty Smedley, maritime sector lead at ABPmer said “This was an exciting and novel project for us. The UK maritime sector plays a critical role in the growth and development of the country, enabling the import and export of goods and providing additional value through maritime and business services.

We are very pleased to have developed a methodology providing the MMO with additional information to underpin the development of marine plan policy.”

Robert Merrylees, Policy Manager & Analyst at the UK Chamber of Shipping commented “The Chamber greatly welcomes this study determining a working methodology for mapping the cargo value of shipping routes.

The study provides real value by looking not only at port calls, but also transiting vessels which goes to show just how important (both on a commercial and navigational safety front) many routes are.”

Vivid Economics provided economics analysis support to ABPmer as a subconsultant.

ABPmer has a long history of supporting the development of the evidence base for marine planning, especially in the use of AIS and related shipping data to inform policy development and the use of marine space.

To download the report, visit

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