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Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Safer Lives, Safer Ships, Cleaner Seas


Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The Maritime Coastguard Agency implements the government's maritime safety policy in the UK and works to prevent the loss of life on the coast and at sea.

They provide a 24-hour maritime search and rescue service around the UK coast and in the international search and rescue region through HM Coastguard, and inspect and survey ships to ensure that they are meeting UK and international safety rules. They also provide certification to seafarers, register vessels and respond to pollution from shipping and offshore installations. The publications from MCA include record books, health and safety guidance and mandatory documents for all ships.

Key Publications

SOLAS poster and cards pack 2nd edition  (2014) SOLAS No. 1 and SOLAS No.2

This A3 poster and pack of 10, two-sided A5 cards depict internationally-agreed (ICAO/IAMSAR) life-saving signals to be used by ships or persons in distress when communicating with lifesaving stations, maritime rescue units and aircraft engaged in search and rescue operations. Buy this pack and save ...more

  • Published: 26 Jun 2014
  • ISBN: 9780115533143
  • £20.00
    (£24.00 inc. VAT)

Life-Saving Signals And Shipboard Safety 2nd Edition 2014 SOLAS No. 1

This A3 poster depicts internationally-agreed (ICAO/IAMSAR) life-saving signals to be used by ships or persons in distress when communicating with lifesaving stations, maritime rescue units and aircraft engaged in search and rescue operations....more

  • Published: 09 Jun 2014
  • ISBN: 9780115533235
  • £4.00
    (£4.80 inc. VAT)

Life-Saving Signals: Answering Signals Made By Life-Saving Stations When Signals Are Seen From A Ship Or A Person In Distress 2014 Edition SOLAS No. 2

This pack of 10, two-sided A5 cards depict internationally-agreed (ICAO/IAMSAR) life-saving signals to be used by ships or persons in distress when communicating with lifesaving stations, maritime rescue units and aircraft engaged in search and rescue operations....more

  • Published: 09 Jun 2014
  • ISBN: 9780115533228
  • £17.00
    (£20.40 inc. VAT)

Safety of Navigation: Implementing SOLAS - Chapter V

The Safety of Navigation, implementing SOLAS - Chapter V has been prepared to help ship-owners, masters, crews and industry to understand and comply with the SOLAS Regulations and offers practical guidance on how they should be implemented....more

Consolidated Merchant Shipping Notices, Marine Guidance Notes and Marine Information Notes - Consolidated to 31 October 2013

The consolidated to 31 October 2013 edition incorporates the three series of Merchant Shipping Notices (MSNs), Marine Guidance Notes (MGNs) and Marine Information Notes (MINs)....more

The Human Element: A Guide To Human Behaviour In The Shipping Industry - DVD

Human behaviour lies at the centre of both the profits and the losses of the maritime industry, it is therefore crucial that everyone involved in shipping has an understanding of this; A Guide To Human Behaviour In The Shipping Industry DVD is the essential training resource aimed at improving this understanding....more

  • Published: 03 Oct 2013
  • ISBN: 9780117082274
  • £345.00
    (£414.00 inc. VAT)

Garbage Record Book

This amended Garbage Record Book is to be used on board vessels to record discharges from and incinerations on board ships. It contains the latest guidance in accordance with regulation 10 of Annex V of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 (MARPOL), a record is to be kept of each discharge operation ...more

  • Published: 11 Oct 2012
  • ISBN: 9780115532443
  • £12.00
    (£14.40 inc. VAT)

Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen: 
Consolidated Edition 2011

This 'Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen' provides guidance on improving health and safety on board vessels and articulates how statutory obligations should be fulfilled. It is intended primarily for Merchant Seamen on United Kingdom registered vessels. This 2011 edition consolidates the code ...more

Consolidated Merchant Shipping Notices, Marine Guidance Notes and Marine Information Notes: 2011 Edition

This is the 2011 edition of the consolidated volumes of M Notices and incorporates the three series of Merchant Shipping Notices (MSNs), Marine Guidance Notes (MGNs) and Marine Information Notes (MINs) which are consolidated to July 2011. ...more

Oil Record Book (Part I): Machinery Space Operations (All Ships): 
Third Edition (2010)

'Oil Record Book (Part I): Machinery Space Operations (All Ships)' is required to record Machinery Space Operations for every ship of over 400 tons gross tonnage (other than oil tankers) and every oil tanker over the 150 tons gross tonnage....more

  • Published: 25 Oct 2010
  • ISBN: 9780115531569
  • £5.00
    (£6.00 inc. VAT)

Oil Record Book (Part II): Cargo / Ballast Operations (Oil Tankers): 
Third Edition (2010)

'Oil Record Book (Part II): Cargo / Ballast Operations (Oil Tankers)' is required in accordance with regulation 36 of Annex I of the International Convention for the Prevention of pollution from Ships (1973), as modified by the Protocol of 1978 (MARPOL 73/78)....more

  • Published: 25 Oct 2010
  • ISBN: 9780115531576
  • £5.00
    (£6.00 inc. VAT)

The Human Element: A Guide to Human Behaviour in the Shipping Industry

Based on a wide range of consultations with maritime organisations, the guide was produced by organisational psychologists GS Partnership Ltd., for consortium partners UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency, BP Shipping, Teekay Marine Services, and the Standard P Club. This publication won the Management and Operations category at the 2011 Safety at Sea International (SASI) awards....more

Marine Fuel Sulphur Record Book

Essential for all vessels who wish to enter an Emission Control Area, at berth in a United Kingdom port, a UK passenger ship operating in UK waters, controlled waters, and any other passenger ship which calls at a port in the UK....more

  • Published: 29 Sep 2010
  • ISBN: 9780115530449
  • £5.00
    (£6.00 inc. VAT)