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S5W-08118: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding compliance with (a) seafarer welfare  and (b) maritime safety regulations on new vessels ordered by private operators in the ferry industry.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 28 March 2017

No recent discussions have taken place with the UK Government regarding compliance with (a) seafarer welfare and (b) maritime safety regulations on new vessels ordered by private operators in the ferry industry.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency regulates vessels in UK waters, working with industry and international organisations to set standards for maritime safety and security. There are specific codes of practice for passenger ships operating in UK waters. All ferry operators need to follow the same code of practice, irrespective of whether the ferry is privately or publicly owned and operated.