(1) The Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 - 2851  

These come into force on 2.12.08.  

They amend the Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) Regulations 1997 to give effect to Directive 2005/45/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the mutual recognition of seafarers’ certificates issued by the Member States and amending Directive 2001/25/EC which was given effect in the United Kingdom by the 1997 Regulations.  

The principal effects of these Regulations are the mandatory recognition of seafarers’ certificates issued by Member States of the European Economic Area; that a management-level applicant for a certificate of equivalent competency is required to possess knowledge of such appropriate United Kingdom maritime legislation as is relevant to such management level functions. The provision also incorporates the language proficiency requirements of the Seafarers’ Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code (as amended) into the Regulations; and that an applicant can appeal if no response to an application in respect of a certificate of equivalent competency is received within 28 days.  

(2) The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) Regulations 2008 – 2924  

These come into force on 8.12.08.  

They implement Annex VI (Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (“the MARPOL Convention”).