To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Harbours (Seafarers’ Remuneration) Bill will apply equally to statutory harbour authorities (a) within and (b) outside maritime Freeports.
21 June 2022
The intention is for the Bill to introduce a requirement for in-scope service operators to provide declarations of compliance to Statutory Harbour Authorities (SHAs) with powers of inspection and investigation provided to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Additionally, the intention is for the Secretary of State to be able to direct SHAs to suspend access to non-compliant operators. The duties placed on ports will apply equally to all UK SHAs, regardless of whether they will be within a Freeport zone or not.