Seagate/Timor Stream collision: MAIB team deployed

MAIB inspectors have been deployed to the Dominican Republic following a collision between the UK-flagged general cargo vessel Seagate, and the Liberian flagged refrigerated cargo vessel Timor Stream. The collision happened early in the morning of Saturday 10 March, approximately 25miles North of the Dominican Republic. Read more on the MAIB website…

BSAC gets set to make waves

BSAC’s new marine environment pledge is to be launched at this year’s London International Dive Show. The ‘Divers Making Waves…to protect our seas’ initiative has been created to underpin BSAC’s commitment to a rolling program of marine environment activity throughout 2012, and beyond. Read more on the BSAC website…

Launch of HSE’s cost-recovery scheme put back by six months

The HSE’s ‘Fees for Intervention’ (FFI) scheme, under which it plans to recover its investigation costs from businesses it finds to be in breach of health and safety law, will not now start in April, as originally planned. The regulator announced today (15 March) that further discussion of “technical details” is required before the scheme can be launched. Owing to parliamentary process this means it will likely not come in now until October this year. The HSE’s programme director, Gordon MacDonald, said:

“The Government has agreed that it is right that those who break the law should pay their fair share of the costs to put things right – and not the public purse. Discussions are still taking place on the technical details of the scheme, which we expect to conclude soon. Therefore, FFI will not be introduced in April but at the next available opportunity, which is likely to be October 2012.” Read the full article on the SHP website…