Offshore Industry: North Sea

Department for Transport written question – answered on 20th February 2019.

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Photo of Ian Mearns Ian Mearns Chair, Backbench Business Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the number of UK seafarers employed on offshore (a) supply and (b) accommodation vessels chartered by oil and gas companies for North Sea operations in 2018.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

The UK issues Certificates of Competency and Proficiency to UK seafarers against the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978. As these qualifications are not sector specific to (a) supply or (b) accommodation vessels, and the vessels operating within this region are registered to Administrations based around the world, it is not possible to provide an estimate of UK seafarers operating on these types of vessel in the North Sea.

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