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Shipping: Safety

Transport written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Adrian Sanders Adrian Sanders Liberal Democrat, Torbay

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons her Department considers that the responsibility for ensuring operational safety of ships is a matter for which the commercial shipping industry should be wholly responsible.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The international conventions for the Safety of Life at Sea provide that vessel operators must ensure the operational safety of their vessels through the application of a Safety Management System, in accordance with the International Safety Management Code. Among other things this requires companies to operate their ships in accordance with mandatory rules and regulations and in such a way that prevents human injuries or loss of life, and avoids damage to the marine environment.

The responsibility of Government is to ensure that companies arrange their activities in compliance with the Code.

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