The Maritime and Coastguard Agency issued a consultation seeking views on a new Statutory Instrument, which is required to amend the existing Regulations (The Merchant Shipping (Counting and Registration of Persons on Board Passenger Ships) Regulations 1999) (“SI 1999/1869”).

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) issued a consultation asking for views on how it should split additional fishing quota between the four administrations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2021.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency issued a consultation requesting comments on the proposed revision of the code of practice for the safety of fishing vessels of less than 15m length overall, replacing MSN 1871 Amendment No.1.

The UK Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee launched an overarching inquiry looking at technological innovations which could contribute to tackling climate change. Each part of the inquiry will look at a specific technology currently in use or in development and consider its potential and how Government policy can facilitate the UK making the best and most cost-effective use of that technology. The first session of this inquiry will look at offshore wind power.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency issued a consultation requesting views on draft marine guidance notes (MGNs) to replace M.1386 and M.1409 containing guidance on the provision of emergency information and instructions to passengers.

The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee invited written evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on the rural economy and connectivity in Scotland.

The UK Government issued a consultation seeking views on the draft merchant shipping (prevention of pollution by garbage from ships) regulations 2020.

The UK Government issued a consultation seeking views on the draft merchant shipping (prevention of pollution by sewage from ships) regulations 2020.     

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation to seek views on the draft Plan, the draft Plan Options therein, and the suite of assessments captured under the Sustainability Appraisal.  

The Scottish Government issued a consultation to better understand the role of both fixed and floating offshore wind technologies in reaching the net zero target, and how it can maximise the economic opportunity attached to commercial scale offshore wind deployment in Scottish waters. The feedback will be used to inform the development of the final Offshore Wind Policy Statement.

 

 

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation to gather views from industry, regulators and other stakeholders on Scotland’s first industry guidance for the eventual decommissioning of offshore renewable energy infrastructure.

The Scottish Parliament's Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee has held an inquiry into construction and procurement of ferry vessels in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on proposals to designate four Marine Protected Areas in Scottish waters:

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on a proposal to designate two Marine Protected Areas:

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on proposals to designate four Marine Protected Areas in Scottish waters:

The Scottish Parliament's Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee’s inquiry has issued its call for evidence on Regional Marine Planning.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on the future management of Scotland’s marine fisheries.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has issued a White Paper on a future approach to fisheries management.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has issued a consultation to bring up to date the UK’s transposition of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Convention for the Prevention of Oil Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Annex I) into domestic law.

The Scottish Government have launched a consultation on proposals to to designate Loch Carron as a nature conservation Marine Protected Area (MPA), with an associated Marine Conservation Order (MCO).

 

The UK Government's Department for Transport has issued a consultation to support a long term strategy to secure the future of the UK maritime sector.