The introduction of MSN 1823 in 2010 marked a step forward in regulation and statutory guidance being more risk-based and goal-based as well as more user friendly and manageable. Many of the requirements that were previously spread over some 11 different sets of regulations and their associated guidance documents, now appeared within a single publication. Since its introduction in 2010, a number of areas have come to light where there is scope for some improvement. In a few instances, the safety requirements laid down in the Code were not sufficiently robust to address the level of risk involved. In the majority of others, the requirements were either unworkable for the type of ship, or area of operation in question, or disproportionate to the level of risk
The MCA believes that the amended standards in the revised Code will achieve the following objectives: establish robust but proportionate and appropriate safety standards for the next generation of new passenger ships on UK categorised waters; and support and help facilitate this sector of the UK shipping industry, with its associated contribution to the wellbeing of local economies through tourism and related employment. It is expected that the changed requirements in the revised Code will apply to ships constructed, or first certificated, on or after 1 March 2017.
Full details on the revisions and a list of five questions is available on the consultation website to help gather evidence of the impacts of the revised Code, both positive and negative.
The IMarEST submits consultation responses and provides inputs to inquiries on behalf of its members in order to present a sector view and to enable policy makers to have confidence that they are receiving information that is objective, impartial and expert.