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UK: IMO 2020 compliant bunker fuel inspections disrupted due to COVID-19

30 Mar 2020

Britain’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said on Friday (27 March) its surveyors will cut back on undertaking routine survey and inspection activity either domestically or overseas, including checks on IMO 2020 compliant fuel,  as reported in Reuters.

This is part of a wider series of measures taken by the agency to reduce the risk of coronavirus on personnel who work in the global shipping supply chain, said the agency in a Marine Information Note published on 25, March.

In order to maintain order and smooth operations, the MCA has established temporary measures that include electronically issuing short-term certificates, to ensure that the shipping industry does not come to a halt while also protecting those who work on the frontline. 

“It is the MCA Policy that should neither the MCA nor an Recognised Organisation (RO) acting under an authorisation from the Secretary of State, be able to attend the vessel to complete a survey, verification, audit or inspection leading to the endorsement or renewal of a relevant certificate then the issuing authority may issue a short-term certificate on the basis of a declaration from the Master or responsible person that the vessel remains in compliance with the requirements for of the relevant instrument,” said the MCA in its published note.

A full copy of the Marine Information Note is available here.

Photo credit: Ronald Saunders
Published: 30 March, 2020

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