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RYA and RNLI pave the way for safe return to boating

Safety is paramount as watersports are set to resume Following changes in Government guidance for England, which allow people to travel to the coast and use the water, the RYA is engaging with the RNLI and representatives from the ports and leisure marine industry to help ensure a safe return to recreational boating activity. The […]

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HM Coastguard asks everyone to take extra care

With significant numbers of people expected to take to the water this weekend in England, HM Coastguard is asking everyone to take extra care in extraordinary times. Boating, swimming and other sea-based activities are now allowed once again in England under the new Government guidelines, but, now more than ever people need to respect the […]

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Marine Accident Investigation Branch: current investigations

1. Current investigations Vessel’s name (IMO/PLN) Accident/incident type Date of incident *Status of investigation Shearwater and Agem One Loss of propulsion, hull damage and flooding of the dredger Shearwater while towing the barge Agem One near Cape Wrath, Scotland. 09/04/20 Under investigation Key Bora (9316024) Grounding and flooding of the Gibraltar registered chemical/products tanker in […]

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Maritime UK launches Diversity in Maritime programme

• Diversity in Maritime launched in response to government’s flagship Maritime 2050 strategy • New HR guidance for recruiters on gender-neutral language published • Series of professional development webinars announced Maritime UK, the industry body for the maritime sector, is today launching its new Diversity in Maritime programme. The programme will see the establishment of […]

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£17 million government package to protect freight routes to Northern Ireland

scheme to help ferry operators on 5 routes between Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland (NI) UK, Ireland and France pledge to protect freight during pandemic UK government continues to work closely with NI Executive and aviation industry to agree funding to protect air passenger services between NI and GB Vital ferry routes between Great […]

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Marine Accident Investigation Branch: current investigations

1. Current investigations Vessel’s name (IMO/PLN) Accident/incident type Date of incident *Status of investigation Kaami Grounding of a Bahamas registered general cargo vessel while transiting the Little Minch, Scotland. 23/03/20 Under investigation Beinn Na Caillich Fatal accident to crewman while disembarking a 21m workboat at Ardintoul Fish Farm, Loch Alsh on the west coast of […]

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19,000 British travellers return from cruise ships after major international effort

Working alongside industry, the Government has helped passengers return to the UK from 59 cruise ships from across the world. More than 19,000 British holidaymakers caught up in the coronavirus crisis on cruise ships across the world have now returned to the UK. The final group of British passengers are expected to disembark the Costa […]

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Maritime Ministers Message of Thanks to Maritime and Port Workers

Maritime sector is doing work of ‘national importance’ — UK Maritime Minister UK Shipping Minister Kelly Tolhurst says the maritime sector’s response to the current health crisis has been ‘remarkable’ The Coronavirus outbreak is among the biggest challenges our transport industry has ever faced. While it’s essential that the vast majority of the population stays […]

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Government announces financial support for England’s fishing businesses

More than 1,000 fishing and aquaculture businesses in England will receive direct cash grants through a fisheries support scheme announced today by Environment Secretary George Eustice and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay. In the latest step to protect businesses affected by coronavirus, plans unveiled today mean that up to £9 million will be […]

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Coronavirus – RYA advice and information for recreational boaters

Guidance for boaters (updated 04/04/20) Guidance from the UK Government is currently being updated on a regular basis. The Government has strengthened measures to tackle the spread of Coronavirus with the statement made by the Prime Minister on 23 March. The message is clear, STAY HOME – PROTECT THE NHS – SAVE LIVES. We are […]

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