HC 840, Ninth Report of Session 2012-13 - Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Transport Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'Marine Pilotage (HC 840)' questions whether the Department for Transport (DfT) is striking the appropriate balance between its role as a regulator of port safety, and its aim to promote the commercial attractiveness of UK ports; this follows evidence that most ports fail to confirm to Government that they comply with best practice guidance on port safety.
Representatives of marine pilots, who guide ships in and out of ports, lack confidence that the DfT understands their concerns and the requirements of their work, and shares their aim of enhancing maritime safety.
The Committee is opposed to a proposal supported by Government to relax the rules on the granting of pilotage exemption certificates to more junior navigating officers, which could jeopardise safety. If the Government insists on pressing ahead with this change, the Committee recommends that the impact of the change should be monitored.
Other recommendations include:
the Maritime and Coastguard Agency should broaden its safety inspection programme so that it undertakes eight inspections per annum;
ports should be required to publish statistics on accidents and near-misses; and
the Government should use its influence to persuade harbour authorities to accept national standards as to who can be authorised as a pilot: if national standards are not adopted the case for legislation on this issue will be compelling.
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