Time for change at the MCA

UK Chamber CEO calls for MCA reforms to deliver tangible improvements to the operations of the UK Ship Register

The MCA has launched an industry-wide consultation this week on its survey and inspection offering. The consultation moves forward the process of change triggered in response to the UK Ship Register advisory panel report and the Maritime Growth Study. 

UK Chamber CEO, Guy Platten remarked; 

“With the UK facing increased competition from other maritime centres, it is crucial for the sector that the MCA offer the highest standards of service to industry and maintain its global reputation for high safety standards.”

“The changes already underway, including the separation of the Ship Register from the regulatory and safety activities of the MCA and the appointment of a commercial director, have signified the commitment of government to deliver change. 

“However, in order to deliver tangible benefits the UK Ship Register must be able to compete in the global environment; it must offer a commercially attractive service, it must be responsive to the needs of industry and it must be ambitious in its approach to courting new business and championing the UK as a destination for maritime businesses. 

“These changes have come in response to widespread calls from the UK shipping industry for the need to modernise and reform the MCA and we must play our part in driving forward this ambitious agenda.”

The UK Chamber will be responding to the consultation reiterating the long term position of the industry and communicating new information brought to our attention by our members. We are therefore calling for members to feed into this process and bring about the changes necessary to ensure growth. 

The consultation seeks the industry perspective on the following key areas; 

  • How the MCA can better support the shipping industry and enhance the commercial attractiveness of the UK Ship Register for ship owners and operators?
  • Improvements to the provision of MCA survey and inspection services to the industry – including issues such as the location of offices, means of working and modernising the way services are provided.
  • How these services can be more efficiently delivered whilst maintaining a high level of safety and service standards?

We invite all members to contribute to the chamber’s response, or if you would like any assistance in submitting an organisational response, please contact David Balston by 14th April 2016. 

Visit the consultation page