The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) considers all reports of significant breaches of maritime legislation. Our surveyors also inspect foreign and UK flag commercial and fishing vessels to make sure they comply with international maritime conventions or domestic merchant shipping legislation.
The enforcement action we can take is varied. Any sanction we carry out reflects the seriousness of the legislative breach.
MCA detains non-compliant vessels when appropriate and has a range of administrative sanctions to take before a decision is made to prosecute.
This collection contains:
MCA enforcement policy statement
prosecutions from 2010
detentions of merchant ships and fishing vessels from 2009
Details of prosecutions and detentions are updated on a regular basis.
All current detentions of UK and foreign flagged vessels are also registered on Paris MOU
MCA’s Enforcement Unit considers all reports of significant breaches of maritime legislation. It has a range of administrative sanctions it can take against companies or individuals before it decides to prosecute. As soon as criminal proceedings are started the control over the sanction is passed to the court.
Prosecutions are of owners, companies, masters and officers for breaches of maritime legislation.
This collection contains yearly information about prosecutions from 2010 and the documents are updated regularly. Details include: