Release of MCA’s business plan reveals direction for next 12 months

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Posted on May 25, 2022 4:38 PM by

The Maritime Executive







Passenger and fishing safety, new technologies and a greener future are the top priorities for the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA) for the coming year.


Reducing fatalities in the fishing industry, keeping people safe on board vessels and continuing to promote greener shipping are all part of MCA’s business plan for 2022/23.


The Agency continues to focus on maritime safety, pledging to improve the way it responds to search and rescue incidents, promising to prioritize safety inspections on domestic passenger ships and fishing vessels .


Fishing safety remains high on the priority list, with MCA committed to working with others, including the Fishing Industry Safety Group (FISG), to eliminate preventable deaths by 2027. As one of the most dangerous industries in the UK, if not the world, the MCA continues to be committed to reducing these tragic deaths.


With the challenges facing the world due to climate change, MCA will continue to play its part in supporting the national and international campaign towards eliminating carbon emissions from shipping.


The UK Maritime Services team has pledged to provide digitized processes for seafarers, including an online certification service by March next year. It has also promised to ensure that it offers 95% of candidates an exam at an MCA location within 21 days of a request within the same time frame as part of its work to transform seafarer training.


The commitment to reduce the frequency of inspections of UK-registered vessels will help maintain the UK’s position as a quality flag in international lists such as the Paris MoU White List.


Her Majesty’s Coast Guard will continue to maintain its high standards by reviewing search and rescue and pollution incidents to seek ways to improve its response. He is also launching a website to help promote safety messages to the general public.


As part of the continued commitment to bring technology, MCA expects to award the contract for the next generation of aviation support for HM Coastguard by March next year.


MCA Chairman Christopher Rodrigues said, “Maritime security remains at the forefront of everything we do, whether it’s rescuing those in need or protecting them when traveling or working aboard ships, trawlers, ferries and boats. This and the continued commitment to providing lasting solutions to the real challenge of climate change remain our top priorities.



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