>Shipping Operators Warned of MCA Action on Unsafe Manning Levels

>The United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) recently issued a press release stating that action will be taken against shipping companies found to be flouting the hours of rest requirements. Both UK and non-UK ships will be subject to inspection, with ships operating busy schedules with small crews being targeted. On board schedules and work records will be checked, and compared to the operating pattern of the ship to verify their accuracy. The MCA will also be looking for evidence of the companys audit of these records ashore.