MCA enforcement policy statement

Information about the MCA enforcement unit, its operational procedures and action it can take for maritime legislation offences.


MCA enforcement policy statement

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The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is an executive agency of the Department for Transport and the statutory authority for enforcing merchant shipping legislation.

The enforcement action it can take is varied. Any sanction it carries out reflects the seriousness of the legislative breach.

This document is MCA’s policy statement and it describes:

  • background to the policy
  • enforcement unit and working procedures
  • types of offence
  • administrative sanctions for ships and individuals
Published 1 May 2014