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MCA releases contingency plans for surveys during the COVID-19 outbreak

Published on: 19 March 2020

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The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has released a Marine Information Note (MIN) on ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the MCA’s approach to survey and certification of UK vessels’. 

MIN 612 sets out the policy of the MCA with respect to UK vessels which may be prevented from arranging the relevant surveys, inspections and audits required for compliance due to the ongoing Coronovirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

The MIN acknowledges that UK registered vessels may find it difficult to arrange the surveys, audits, inspections and servicing activities required under national and international regulations due to a lack of availability of surveyors. There is likely to be a restriction on surveyor travel or a local outbreak of COVID-19 which increases the risk to health. The MCA’s plan through the MIN covers the following areas:

  • Arrangement of Statutory Surveys of internationally trading ships
  • Routine servicing of life saving apparatus
  • Dry-docking and service requirements
  • Internal audit requirements
  • Documents of Compliance (DOC)
  • Vessels laying-up
  • Port State control
  • Domestic operators
  • Domestic passenger vessels
  • Operators of vessels certified under the MCA SCV Codes of Practice
  • Operators of UK fishing vessels
  • Maintenance of services
  • Review and update of guidance during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Guidance for recognised organisations and certifying authorities

Please click here to access the full details of MIN 612.