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The Maritime and Coastguard Agency releases information for UK seafarer services due to the COVID-19 outbreak

Published on: 18 March 2020

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Releases Contingency Plans for Surveys and Certification During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The World Health Organisation defines Coronaviruses as a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. COVID-19 is the name given to the infectious disease caused by the strain of Coronavirus recently discovered in Wuhan, China during December 2019.

The MCA has put in place contingency plans to mitigate disruption to essential delivered services due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK. It includes the potential impact of the delivery of services leading to UK Certificates of Competency (CoC) and UK Certificates of Equivalent Competency (CEC).

In order to allow the MCA to best follow these plans, British Marine requests that all seafarers in the process of applying to the MCA for UK certification, follow the guidance in MIN 611 found here.