The MCA Publication of MGN 609 provides guidance for the exemption from the carriage of a rescue boat for Class IX tugs under 500gt.
The MGN may be found via: www.gov.uk/government/publications/mgn-609-m-class-ix-tugs-under-500gt-guidance-for-exemption-from-the-carriage-of-a-rescue-boat
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) have concluded and responded to the public consultation on guidance for exemption from the carriage of a rescue boat for Class IX tugs under 500gt. The consultation outcome is accessible here.
In summary, one response to the Consultation was provided, which welcomed the introduction of the draft MGN and agreed that the information contained therein provided clarity and certainty to tug operators, whilst enhancing safety of operations.
The British Tugowners Association worked extensively with the MCA on the issue, where regional variation existed creating perverse policy and requiring unsafe practices. The publication of the MGN represents a considerable policy win for the towage industry in the UK, and a positive step in pragmatic safety practice.
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