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Shipping: Ferry Operators

Volume 712: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what action the Maritime and Coastguard Agency takes if a passenger ship is found to be operating without a valid passenger certificate. [HL4475]

Further to my Answer of 17 June (Official Report, cols. WA 216-7), for a passenger ship to operate in UK waters it must have a valid passenger certificate or passenger safety certificate. If a passenger ship is allegedly operating without a valid certificate, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will investigate. Each case is then considered on its individual merits and suitable enforcement action is taken, which may when appropriate include prosecution.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Rathlin Island ferry MV “CANNA” held a valid operating passenger certificate between 1 September and 11 September 2008; and, if not, when the Maritime and Coastguard Agency became aware of that. [HL4477]

The Rathlin Island ferry MV “CANNA” did not hold a valid passenger certificate between 1 September and 11 September 2008. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency became aware of this on 3 October 2008, while completing the annual survey.