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UK MCA publishes ship arrival reporting requirements

  • Friday, 18 January 2008 | News

The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has published Merchant Shipping Notice (MSN) 1817, which details a consolidation of the European Reporting System (CERS) for ship arrival and departure notifications (including additional requirements for ships carrying dangerous or polluting goods), and reporting requirements in the event of an accident/incident, for vessels travelling to the UK.

MSN 1817 details the technical requirements applicable to ships to comply with the Merchant Shipping (Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Reporting Requirements) Regulations 2004, which implemented the European Union Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information System Directive 2002/59/EC.

Some of the key points contained in the notice include:

  • All ships of 300 gross tonnage and above, when bound for a UK port, are affected by a ship notification requirement prior to entry into port that applies at least twenty-four hours in advance of their arrival.
  • All recreational craft of 45 metres length and over, when bound for a UK port are affected by a ship notification requirement, prior to entry into port, that applies at least twenty-four hours in advance of their arrival.
  • All ships regardless of size, when carrying dangerous or polluting goods, either departing from or bound to a UK port are affected by the dangerous or polluting goods notification requirements.

The regulations are the UK implementation of certain requirements contained in European Parliament and Council Directive 2002/59/EC and, in part, the international reporting requirements that apply in the event of an accident/incident at sea.

The full text of the notice can be viewed on-line on the MCA website

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