Consolidated European Reporting System Advice Notes

Find out about MCA CERSANs and their role in enabling CERS users to provide accurate vessel traffic monitoring information on vessels arriving at UK ports.


This guidance tells you about Consolidated European Reporting System Advice Notes (CERSANS). These have been introduced by the MCA to assist CERS users with providing accurate and timely information to CERS on vessels arriving at UK ports.

When will a CERSAN be published?

A CERSAN will be published when there is a need to:

  • Provide detailed guidance on producing information for CERS (i.e. generating CSV files).
  • Advise of forthcoming procedural or system changes (i.e. new versions of the CERS Workbook).
  • Update users on system functionality (i.e. known system issues).
  • Remind users of their reporting obligations when appropriate.

CERSANs will be targeted at Port authorities, Shipping Agents, Masters calling at UK ports and when appropriate all users.

Where will CERSANs be published?

The current list of active CERSANs is available here

A list of withdrawn CERSANs can be found here

Distribution of CERSANs

To be included on the distribution list for CERSANs please contact the MCA Maritime Surveillance Team

Further guidance

Detailed guidance on vessel reporting requirements is available here

Updates to this page

Published 17 May 2017
Last updated 27 November 2020 + show all updates
  1. change of wording and updated link added.

  2. updated link to withdrawn CERSAN

  3. Updated links

  4. First published.

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