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New MIN 649 released on the amendments to the Code Of Safe Working Practices

Published on: 06 January 2021

An amendment to the Code of Safe Working Practices (COSWP) for Merchant Seafarers (“the Code”) was issued on 26 November 2020 after a consultation with the industry. 

The Code is an authoritative best practice manual on health and safety on board ships and is endorsed by the National Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Committee. It deals with the regulatory framework for health and safety on board ships, safety management, and statutory duties underlying the advice, whilst also giving practical information on safe working. 
The Maritime and Coastguard Authority has now released MIN 649. This Marine Information Note provides information about the 2020 amendments to the COSWP.
Commercial vessel operators will need to ensure they are using the latest version of COSWP (amendment 5) and must update their safety management systems with any applicable changes.
The MIN 649 (M) Amendment 1 document can be found here.