Maritime Safety Committee

Department for Transport written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Karl Turner Karl Turner Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the policy outcomes were of the 101st session of the International Maritime Organisation’s Maritime Safety Committee, 5 to 14 June 2019; what the Government’s negotiating position was under each item at that session; and how the outcomes of that session will affect future regulation of safety standards in the shipping industry.

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

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will release an outcome report of the 101st session of the Maritime Safety Committee in due course. This will detail the outcome of each item at the session.

There were 23 agenda items and 140 papers discussed and the UK had agreed positions for each of the policies.

Some of the key safety items from the session were the regulatory scoping exercise on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships, goal-based standards and safety level approach, safety of ships in polar waters, development of further measures to enhance the safety of ships relating to the use of fuel oil, e-navigation and domestic ferry safety.

The UK Government is committed to working with the IMO and other Member States to work towards maintaining and improving safety standards across the wider maritime sector as a whole.

The UK will endeavour to block inappropriate or disproportionate legislation that the UK considers may place an undue burden on industry, and to work tactically with other States to achieve UK lines.

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