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Shipping: Ferry Operators

Volume 713: debated on Monday 26 October 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 7 July (WA 147) concerning the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Rathlin Ferry, what documentation the agency examined when it issued the short-term passenger certificate for the MV “Canna” on 12 September 2008; why the certificate was issued; and what period it covered. [HL5645]

Marine surveyors from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) examined the international safety management (ISM) code safety management certificate (SMC), ISM document of compliance (DOC), UK load line (UKLL) certificate and DOC dangerous goods (DG) certificate during the inspection carried out on 12 September 2008 on the MV “Canna”. The MV “Canna’s” previous passenger certificate was also examined prior to issuing the new short-term passenger certificate. However, the administrative error (as set out in my Answer of 17 June (Official Report, cols. WA 216-17) was. not detected on 12 September.

The short-term passenger certificate for the MV “Canna” was issued on 12 September 2008 because the MV “Canna’s” operator was unable to arrange the passenger vessel's annual survey before 18 September; the date which the operator and the MCA surveyor both incorrectly believed was the end of the annual survey range date for the MV “Canna”.

The new short-term passenger certificate covered the period 12 September to 12 October 2008.