We had to cancel the earlier date for our AGM this year as the pandemic broke in the UK. We set a preliminary date of TUESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2020 for rescheduled event. We are monitoring the pandemic and what can run and also if the Hotel in Southampton can operate safely for us. We will plan a virtual screen to join as usual but fear this may be cumbersome with all of us on it. We will keep you posted but please pencil in your diaries this date.
We may not know for some time if the Government guidelines will change on what we are permitted to do.
Over a month ago we identified a useful way to sanitise your boat after before or clients are aboard. This was a company selling Safe2Stay canisters which are set off wishing the boat and you vacate whilst it works. Works in two minutes and ready to go in 20 minutes.
All you need to do is contact our great webteam John and Jaki by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Advertise those great deals on charters , training and trips for free.
Please make use of this before the season ends, from experience and talking to other operators and clients , everyone is looking for boat trips in the good weather and listening to clients are even planning next year staying in the UK
CHANGES - CODES VESSELS OPERATING OVERSEAS
Certifying Authorities have been updating vessel owners of changes relating to operations overseas from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency with regards to deficiencies raised on UK flagged Code vessels operating overseas.
The MCA have written a letter covering concerns to Vessel Owners covering the above areas. Please be aware and up to date if you operate abroad-
In the recent past we have had a few code boats detained abroad for various deficiencies. This is to draw the attention of all such code boat operators operating boats abroad. You are requested to ensure that all relevant personnel have a good understanding of the guidance provided in MGN 416. Please note that Port State Authorities are under no obligation to accept UK certificates for vessels in their waters and seafarers’ certificates acceptable to the MCA in accordance with the Small Commercial Vessel Codes of Practice may not be acceptable to other Administrations.
Some of the common areas which have been found to be deficient are listed below. This is not to be considered as a comprehensive list. Operators are requested to ensure compliance with the following amongst other requirements:
1) Crew have the appropriate qualifications for the intended voyages. Vessels on international voyages will be expected to have STCW qualified personnel. For personnel not holding UK certificates of competency, a certificate of equivalent competency would be required. These can be applied for by email to email@example.com.
2) The manning levels on board are adequate for the intended voyages. This can be confirmed with the seafarers training & certification branch at the MCA. Although a safe manning document is not mandatory, one can be requested voluntarily by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) Records of hours of rest are maintained for all seafarers on board and the hours of rest should always remain in compliance with the requirements of MLC 2006 .
4) All seafarers have Seafarers Employment Agreements (SEAs) which should be compliant with the requirements of Standard A2.1 of MLC 2006.
5) All seafarers have a medical certificate as required by MLC 2006.
6) The vessel has the requisite financial security in place e.g. P&I cover, cover for repatriation and ship
owners’ liability as required by MLC 2006.
7) The report of inspection for MLC to be available on board. This inspection is to be carried out once
every 3 years.
8) The vessel is in compliance with MARPOL annex VI. The Bunker Delivery Notes (BDNs) should be
available on board, which provide evidence of the sulphur content of the fuel oil in use. Engines above 130kW installed on or after 1st January 2000 require an Engine Air Pollution Prevention (EIAPP) certificate.
9) Appropriate stability information to be available on board. In cases where approval is required, copy of the approved booklet to be available on board.
10) Nautical publications and charts for the area of operation need to be available on board and kept updated as required.
11) Voyage plans are berth to berth.
12) Ship’s equipment to be maintained/serviced as required and should be in good operational order.
13) All areas of the ship to be maintained in a clean, hygienic, and safe manner e.g. engine room,
galley, deck, wheelhouse.
It is recommended that operators seek advice from the relevant Port State Authority on their requirements for certification, both for the vessel and for the crew, before accepting work overseas.
Do you have a fantastic image of your charter boat working?
We are updating the home page of the PCA website and want to put your boats in the main rolling images. It needs to be good, it needs also to be 1900 wide by 800 pixels down minimum.
We also need to make sure it shows everyone having fun and a compliant boat. Send your images to email@example.com as soon as possible and lets get you noticed until the next update.
1. We continue to monitor updates from all government agencies on changes in each area of the UK concerning our operations and what is permitted. If you see a new guideline or regulation update for your area please send this to us so we can advice others. As separate districts are placed under separate rules we may need to be very flexible and must remain up to date
2. Every one of us linked to the marine world will have seen recent events unfold in Southampton. We have been made aware by some of the local operators that the media have been calling companies for a response. The PCA have a prepared response should anyone be approached, please ask them to email the Chair.
During this very sad time for all involved we must ensure we keep our council and not speculate or comment and allow the Authorities to investigate. In the mean time our thoughts are with all those involved or affected.
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