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The MCA release MGN 544, MGN 560 amendment 1 and MIN 607

Published on: 27 February 2020

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The MCA releases MGN 544, MGN 560 amendment 1 and MIN 607. Further details of these new MGNs and MIN are below:

MGN 544 - This Marine Guidance Note (MGN) informs the reader of an International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS) Regulation requiring all SOLAS ships to have plans and procedures for the recovery of persons from the water which follow the International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines outlined in Annex 1 of this MGN. Furthermore, it provides guidance for all non-SOLAS UK vessels (e.g. fishing vessels and small craft) to consider these international provisions as industry guidance.

Nothing in this SOLAS Regulation or UK policy requires new equipment to be carried on ships; however, some UK ships have investigated the use of new equipment as part of their arrangements to comply with SOLAS.

This MGN also establishes the process through which novel equipment intended for the recovery of persons from the water may be accepted for use on UK ships to which the convention applies
For full details on MGN 544 please click here.

MGN 560 amendment 1
- This Marine Guidance Note (MGN), as amended, replaces MGN 560 (M) and details the requirements for maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats, rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear for UK registered ships, as required by Regulation 20 of Chapter III of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974, as amended (SOLAS Chapter III), following the adoption of Resolution MSC.402(96) by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

This MGN should be read in conjunction with IMO Resolutions MSC.402(96) and MSC.404(96); and Circular MSC.1/Circ.1578

This MGN also provides guidance on the use of a static test in place of dynamic 5-yearly tests and advice on how to prevent injury during the hook release test.
For full details on MGN 560 amendment 1 please click here.

MIN 607 - This Marine Information Note (MIN) is issued to provide information on the actions to be taken if a vessel has had their request to conduct three-monthly lifeboat and rescue boat drills, as required by SOLAS, refused.

For full details on MIN 607 please click here.