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Old 13 August 2008, 17:23   #21
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as others have said MCA can board any commercial vessel but wont board large vessels under way.
I asked one MCA surveyor why the QEII isn't boarded while underway as coded boats can be for general inspections. Was told that is something completely different.
The QE needs inspecting to check they are following the laws as are coded boats so why the different inspection schedules. Larger vessel, more people, more risk, you know what I mean.

Also if the surveyor was rude, then in this modern age of customer satisfaction, report him to the powers that be.

Think it is a case of speed camera syndrome, Large number of people passing so more chance of catching that cowboy operator
same happened with me during the tall ships race in 2000
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Sorry gents but I must disagree.

Its extremely bad form to be boarding boats whilst customers are on board.

The Met Police and VOSA do not board buses or coaches when they have passengers on board as it inconviencies the companies and the passengers.

When we stop HGV's we do it as fast as reasonably possible and in some cases just issue a "producer" so it can be sorted in the next 7 days.

Why oh why do the MCA not implement such a system?? If they are heavy handed and concentrate on events like Cowes, all they will do is lose the support of industry. Its just an easy hit for them.

Perhaps if the MCA put more effort into catching the 100% illegal operations, outside of cowes week then they are more likely to get more high risk operations off the water??

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Old 17 August 2008, 18:22   #23
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The Met Police and VOSA do not board buses or coaches when they have passengers on board as it inconviencies the companies and the passengers.
so I can drive a dodgy bus/coach round london so long as I keep some passengers on board? Surely you can see the issue there?
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When we stop HGV's we do it as fast as reasonably possible and in some cases just issue a "producer" so it can be sorted in the next 7 days.
I am sure you do, and I am sure the MCA are aiming to process boats as quickly as possible too so they can go check the next one. So this doesn't inconvenience the LGV driver/operator or the customer waiting for the delivery, like it might if it was a bus or coach. Of course is someone gets arsey I am sure that either the met or the MCA will not be quite so cooperative at getting you "on your way".
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Why oh why do the MCA not implement such a system??
well for a start there are much more effective ways of tracking the operator, vehicle or driver of an LGV/PCV than the skipper/owner of a random rib in the solent.
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If they are heavy handed and concentrate on events like Cowes, all they will do is lose the support of industry. Its just an easy hit for them.
presumably there are finding some irregularities if they do this year after year - otherwise the MCA management would be asking if they were just on a jolly.
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so those guys don't work in cowes week, when the price and demand for boats is highest?
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so I can drive a dodgy bus/coach round london so long as I keep some passengers on board? Surely you can see the issue there?
I am sure you do, and I am sure the MCA are aiming to process boats as quickly as possible too so they can go check the next one. So this doesn't inconvenience the LGV driver/operator or the customer waiting for the delivery, like it might if it was a bus or coach. Of course is someone gets arsey I am sure that either the met or the MCA will not be quite so cooperative at getting you "on your way". well for a start there are much more effective ways of tracking the operator, vehicle or driver of an LGV/PCV than the skipper/owner of a random rib in the solent.
presumably there are finding some irregularities if they do this year after year - otherwise the MCA management would be asking if they were just on a jolly.
so those guys don't work in cowes week, when the price and demand for boats is highest?
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I think we could spend forever talking about the merits of The MCA and if they do a right job but one of the reasons for starting the thread was to try and come up with ways to help the MCA catch the boats which are not coded should they have a 24 hotline number or should there be a database for coded boats is there on already. ?
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I think we could spend forever talking about the merits of The MCA and if they do a right job but one of the reasons for starting the thread was to try and come up with ways to help the MCA catch the boats which are not coded should they have a 24 hotline number or should there be a database for coded boats is there on already. ?
simon - yes it would make sense to have a centralised coding database if there is not already - but that will be difficult given that there are MCA and local authority coding schemes.

But it seems a few years ago the MCA were thinking along the same lines as you. http://nds.coi.gov.uk/Content/Detail...4&NewsAreaID=2 might be worth following that up.

In some other industries - organisations can join some "independent quality scheme" or "code of conduct" which often has the added benefit that the regulators will recognise those members as representing best practice and therefore focus most (but not all) of their efforts on other people. [Edit - but the downside of that is you need to show that you are internally and externally auditing yourselves to get the sort of recognition you are hoping for].
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polwart - think that is what i was trying to say early in the thread - if we dont self regulate then we will have to put up with whatever numpties who nothing about ops wish to impose on us...!!
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I think this is a good idea, if handled correctly, after all it helps protect those who are doing it by the numbers and weed out those that don't.

The only shame is that don't do it at more events.

At our recent "Ramsgate Week" I was made aware of at least two un-coded ribs being used for charter.
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At our recent "Ramsgate Week" I was made aware of at least two un-coded ribs being used for charter.
Did you do anything about it?
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Did you do anything about it?
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Has anyone ever shopped somone in and if so did the MCA do anything about it or can you report to a harbour master
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