The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that they will commence a phased return to Survey and Inspection activity in the UK from 20 July.
Marine Offices are accepting bookings for 20 July onwards. Survey activities will be carried out in accordance with the guidance outlined in MIN 623 (M+F) and Operators are strongly advised to consult this document prior to making any arrangements. However, Marine Office front desk counter services will continue to remain closed at this time.
MIN 612 (M+F) has been substantially amended to reflect the increasing ability of the industry to undertake the activities previously restricted due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The MCA says its survey and inspection team will work within Government guidance and requests for surveys required after the 20th July may be made in the normal manner, with the Application for Survey’ MSF5100 form
Should further clarification or guidance be required, contact may be made with your local Marine Office. Details are provided here.
Booking for oral exams, both deck and engineering will also resume although these will be carried out remotely, not face-to-face.
Katy Ware, Director of Maritime Safety and Standards, who is also the UK’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization said: ‘This is an important and necessary small step towards resuming the MCA’s work of survey and inspection. We owe a duty of care not just to our own surveyors and business support staff but also to those owners and operators whose vessels we are working on.
‘However, we feel the time is now right to return to UK survey and inspection work as a recognition of supporting the industry and also keeping it safe.’
Port State Control Inspections, overseas survey work and the survey and audit of internationally trading vessels will not resume at this time but will remain under review. Any concerns reported to the MCA will be investigated and survey work carried out as required. The MCA continues to work with its Recognised Organisations to find alternative ways of surveying the international fleet (covered in MIN 622).
Links to the MINs are as below: