The Maritime and Coastguard Agency held a consultation seeking views on the draft Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Sewage from Ships and Prevention of Pollution by Garbage from Ships) (Amendment) Regulations 2024, which will expand the category of ships that are required to carry a Garbage Record Book to include every ship of 100 GT and above.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency held a consultation seeking views on changes to Marine Guidance Note (MGN) 627(M) which provides an overview of the changes made by the Merchant Shipping (Safety Standards for Passenger Ships on Domestic Voyages) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2022 and associated Marine Notices.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency held a consultation seeking views on matters it is proposed will be introduced by a new Statutory Instrument, the Merchant Shipping (Cargo and Passenger Ship Construction and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2022.
The Department for Transport held a consultation seeking views and evidence on the optimal pathway to net zero emissions in 2050 for the domestic maritime sector, including where there is scope to accelerate decarbonisation across sub-sectors.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency held a consultation seeking views on The Merchant Shipping (Fire Protection) Regulations 2023 which would replace the Merchant Shipping (Fire Protection) Regulations 2003 (SI 2003/2950) and the Merchant Shipping (Fire Protection: Large Ships) Regulations (SI 1998/1012).
The Scottish Government held a consultation to seek the views of stakeholders on Scotland’s Future Catching Policy (FCP), which will establish a new approach to managing sea fishing activities within Scottish waters and ensure that the right management measures are in place to support reasonable and pragmatic decision making.
Marine Scotland held a consultation as one of the final stages in the process of updating the Marine Litter Strategy for Scotland. The consultation seeks input from the public and other organisations to finalise the strategy and action plan before it is published.
The UK Government issued a consultation seeking views on the proposed merchant shipping (nuclear ships) regulations 2021, which will transpose chapter VIII of the SOLAS convention, 1974 into UK law. Views were also sought on the draft MGN.
Section 7 of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2007 (“2007 Act”) empowers the Scottish Ministers to approve a code of practice, in whole or in part, in order to give practical guidance to fish farmers, promoting desirable practices with respect to the containment of fish on fish farms and the prevention of escapes by farmed fish. The Scottish Government ran a consultation on that code of practice.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency are carrying out a consultation on draft merchant shipping (control and management of ships’ ballast water and sediments) regulations 2021. These will implement the international convention for the control and management of ships’ ballast water and sediments into domestic law.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency issued a consultation on the draft Merchant Shipping (Radiocommunications) (Amendment) Regulations 2021. It set out proposals to implement an up-to-date version of chapter IV of the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS) into UK law and give direct effect to future changes to chapter IV by means of a power to make an ambulatory reference to those international requirements.
- Read the Law Society's response
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency issued a consultation on the proposed revision to MGN 630 regarding the process for surveyors undertaking and verifying corrective action prior to submitting a comparison report to the MCA in November 2020.
- Read the Law Society of Scotland's submission (December 2020)
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 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 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).
- View the consultation on the Scottish Government website
- The Law Society of Scotland's response (June 2018)