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New guidance released from the MCA on survey and certification as COVID-19 restrictions are eased

Published on: 08 July 2020

The MCA releases its approach to a phased return to survey and certification activity following COVID-19

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) put in place a pragmatic framework for the certification of UK registered vessels to enable their continued operation, set out in MIN 612(M+F) as amended. 

As the national and international restrictions put in place as a result of the pandemic ease, there is a clear need to set out a framework for the resumption of survey, inspection and audit of UK registered vessels, developed with due regard to the resources available and the risks associated with the ongoing operation of un-surveyed vessels. 
In all cases, vessels are expected to comply with the prevailing Government guidelines in respect of the measures required to be in place for the protection of persons from COVID-19.  

MIN 623 sets out the UK’s approach to survey and certification as the COVID-19 restrictions on the maritime industry are steadily eased. It allows a phased return to the statutory framework of surveys, inspections and audits on board UK domestic vessels using a risk-based process, recognising that in some cases it may not be feasible to immediately return to survey and inspection activity.

MIN 623 can be downloaded here. 

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