Carol-Ann Baker
Seafarer Training & Certification Branch
Bay 1/21
Spring Place
105 Commercial Road
Southampton
SO15 1EG

Dear Sir/Madam

CONSULTATION ON MERCHANT SHIPPING (TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 2008

Consultation from 27 June to 19 September 2008

I am attaching a copy of the draft Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 and associated documents.

The Regulations give effect to Council Directive 2005/45/EC and contain provisions amending Directive 2001/25/EC on the minimum standards of training for seafarers.  The Regulations:

Your comments on the proposals are invited. Please mail/email them to me, contact details as above, by no later than 19 September 2008.

Information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be published or disclosed in accordance with the access to information regimes (these are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004).

If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under the FOIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence. In view of this it would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on the Department.

The Department will process your personal data in accordance with the DPA and in the majority of circumstances this will mean that your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.

Whilst the list of consultees has been compiled to give a representative selection of comments on the proposals, this should not be taken to mean that only those receiving this consultation letter are entitled to offer comments. Recipients are free to circulate copies of the consultation documents to other parties/organisations etc who they consider have an interest but are not included on the consultation list. Alternatively additional copies of this consultation document can be obtained from Seafarer Training and Certification Branch at the above address, or can be downloaded from the consultations section of the MCA website at www.mcga.gov.uk under Ships and Cargoes/ Current Consultations.

If your address details require any amendment, or you consider there are other persons who should be consulted or if you do not wish to be consulted in future please let us know. If you have any queries or comments about the manner in which this consultation is being conducted, please contact our Consultation Coordinator at consultation.coordinator@mcga.gov.uk. We are continually trying to improve the way in which we conduct consultations and appreciate your views, so we would also be grateful if you could complete and return the attached feedback questionnaire. The six consultation criteria are listed below for your information.

Responses to this consultation will be made available in the consultations section of the MCA website within the month following the end date.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Yours faithfully,

CAROL-ANN BAKER
SEAFARER TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION BRANCH

The six consultation criteria:

  1. Consult widely throughout the process, allowing a minimum of 12 weeks for written consultation at least once during the development of the policy.
  2. Be clear about what your proposals are, who may be affected, what questions are being asked and the timescale for responses.
  3. Ensure that your consultation is clear, concise and widely accessible.
  4. Give feedback regarding the responses received and how the consultation process influenced the policy.
  5. Monitor your Department's effectiveness at consultation, including through the use of a designated Consultation Coordinator.
  6. Ensure your consultation follows better regulation best practice, including carrying out an Impact Assessment (IA) if appropriate.