The MCA stopped taking new CG66 on June 18th this year !!
This information was released I believe on the first day of Seaworks in Southampton on 3rd July 2018 and was the first most of us certainly knew about it.
The information currently held on CG66 database will be retained and used by Search and Rescue (SAR) teams alongside the RYA SafeTrx data for the next two years. CG66 data will continue to be held securely and not shared with any third parties or used for any purpose other than for the MCA to carry out SAR functions.
We have received some concerns about this new voluntary scheme
If you work on several boats there maybe a need to submit numerous entries if at all possible
If you skipper numerous boats in a year, It appears you would have to enter details for every boat even if another skipper has already entered the details - so multiple duplicate records for the same vessel. We have been told that this does not apply but we have not tried the system
What happens when there is no mobile phone reception. The system works on mobile phone signal/app
The service is then operated by a private business, The coastguard work 24/7 on SAR but if a problem exists on the app who deals with it as MCA don't own it and RYA work 9-5 roughly
Your phone battery if it dies or is lost at sea or dropped in water then your track will fail surely?
These are just some concerns already raised and depending on responses on this to firstname.lastname@example.org it may be an area to take to one of our meetings with MCA.
A gentle reminder please to check your entries, there has been a mass of work done and some corrections have been needed. If everyone goes online and check their company entries for accuracy , images, text, phone numbers.
There has been a lot of work to get this live but I am sure we have missed some areas. If you dont have access to members area please ask and we will email you
CHECK OUT YOUR ENTRY--
I can also report that John and Jaki at TLC-ONLINE have been super to deal with, sorting issues quickly and reporting back to us as items are added, corrected, changed.
As we all know the new acts came into law as off 25th May 2018 and as such we are constantly looking for any updates-
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires businesses to comply and demonstrate compliance with the principles as set out in Article 5(1) of the GDPR. Knowing whether appropriate measures are in place to ensure compliance is an issue many businesses are unable to affirm with confidence.
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has announced the appointment of Chris Preston, a passionate sailor with more than 50 years’ experience of racing and cruising, as the new Chair of its Board.
" “I’m looking forward to working with the RYA team to maintain momentum in meeting the future challenges of UK boating, and to supporting the Association’s membership throughout the UK in all areas of the sport. "
The chairman recently had a very interesting meeting with UK Border force. They are seeking to have contact from Charter Companies as they believe that sources of good intelligence relating to UK security could be forthcoming due to the nature of our businesses on the water.
Years ago the PCA were privileged to receive information via the Marine Police concerning crime activities on the water. Due to demise of many of these marine units we started to see a decline in contact to a final no contact. The UK Border Force own and run the Project Kraken that many of us see posters around the marinas.
They like other government agencies are clearly under pressure on resources but have recently moved on to set up a team to cover the UK regions for intelligence. They used to have these and have now re-introduced them.
The biggest concern to them is the borders are an easy target for transfers of illegal immigrants, refugees from war areas who may have intent to harm us. These people are transferred across the borders into UK using many routes but it appears yachts, cruisers and RIBs are now a profitable method for gang leaders.
If any company is approached to allow a channel pick up, a bareboat which is to be used to travel to Europe, a vessel paid for by cash etc. These could be areas that they may want to hear about. The best suggestion being that if we feel thats an unusual request or in a remote area this could be a concern and report to them. Many RIBs have trackers, Many boats have AIS but are they switching them off? Blocking the signal?
RIBs are seen as cash buys with twin engines just to run up the beach and run off, They are not interested in re using it!
Do you see irregular activity on the water, a late arrival in port is not unusual and seldom checked until harbour authorities ask the next day for a fee to moor. Did someone leave on arrival, where they carrying bags? Drugs and weaponry are a major concern on top of heavy boat loads of people.
We also hope now to start seeing again the newsletters from the agency which relevant parts will come out via newsletters.
If this is something you see or wonder about please call 101 and QUOTE Project KRAKEN for the Border Force. You can also do this anonymously 0800 555.
NEW --- MEMBERS DISCOUNT
Over the last month we have welcomed ADEC Marine Ltd as a member. As you will all know they are great suppliers of marine safety equipment and can be found here http://www.adecmarine.co.uk
They are also offering PCA members some great discounts that we are adding to the members pages under discounts with the code to claim these deals.
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