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DfT Maritime and Coastguard Agency Annual Report & Accounts for 2021-2

Statement made on 30 January 2023

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My Noble Friend, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport (Baroness Vere of Norbiton) has made the following Ministerial Statement on Monday 30th January 2023.

I am proud to announce the publication of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) Annual Report & Accounts for 2021-22. The MCA does vital work to save lives at sea, regulate ship standards and protect the marine environment. The Agency has been playing its part in encouraging and enabling the industry to move towards zero carbon emissions from shipping and to prepare the way to regulate the safety of autonomous shipping.

The Annual Report and Accounts consists of:

  1. Performance Report – How the MCA performed against its key performance indicators, and highlighting success;
  2. Accountability Report – Including the Corporate Governance Statement and the Certificate and Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General to the House of Commons; and
  3. Financial Statements – Statement of Financial Position and notes to the Agency’s Accounts.

During January 2022, the MCA celebrated 200 years of HM Coastguard undertaking crucial rescue activities. The last reporting year saw the Coastguard respond to more than 36,000 incidents around the coast, an increase of around 2,500 from the previous year. There was a significant rise in cases of illegal migrants crossing The Channel in unseaworthy small boats. The Coastguard continues to work closely with the French Coastguard to respond to these incidents. On 13 December 2022, the Government also set out its plans to tackle illegal migration and criminal gangs who exploit our system.

MCA continued to raise the profile of the UK Ship Register during the last reporting year, with the launch of the Concierge Service. MCA also played a major role in supporting the decarbonisation of shipping.

The UK Maritime Administration was subject to an audit of the IMO Implementations Code during 2021-22. This audit resulted in one of the best reports the International Maritime Organization has ever issued, validating our work to be a world leading organisation.

The MCA have let the UK’s Second-Generation Search and Rescue Aviation programme. This will take account of how demands on aviation services and technology have evolved and will create a new service for the next 10 years.

The Annual Report and Accounts will be available on GOV.UK and copies will be placed in the libraries of both Houses.

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Department for Transport
DfT Maritime and Coastguard Agency Annual Report & Accounts for 2021-2
Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
Conservative, Life peer
Statement made 30 January 2023