Maritime Safety Committee

Department for Transport written question – answered on 3rd July 2019.

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Photo of Karl Turner Karl Turner Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2019 to Question 267283, if he will set out the areas of maritime safety policy where advice was provided to the Government by the delegates from (a) the UK Chamber of Shipping, (b) the Isle of Man Ship Registry, (c) Lloyd’s Register EMEA, (d) Inmarsat, (e) the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry and (f) Apax Partners.

Photo of Karl Turner Karl Turner Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2019 to Question 267283, if he will provide details of the advice provided to the Government on discussions in the International Maritime Organisation’s Maritime Safety Committee which related to (a) seafarer and (b) ferry industry safety; and which delegate or delegates provided the advice in each instance.

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

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency routinely invite a range of Government and industry stakeholders to a preparatory briefing meeting prior to each International Maritime Organisation session, including the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC).

At these meetings the attendees will discuss the maritime issues on the agenda and provide advice on these issues. Both the UK Government and its maritime stakeholders are committed to maritime safety including (a) seafarer and (b) ferry industry safety. No specific discussions on either of these issues were raised at this session of the MSC.

Some areas of discussion were on: the development of further measures to enhance safety of ships relating to fuel oil; shipborne towing and mooring; testing of lifesaving appliances; and, proposed new outputs for the Organisation, which will have an effect on the overall safety of seafarers.

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