Guidlines for the Provision of Food and Fresh Water on Merchant Ships and Fishing Vessels

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is an executive agency of the United Kingdom working to prevent the loss of lives at sea and is responsible for implementing British and International Maritime Law and Safety Policy. As seafarers, ships cooks and ships caterers, we also come under regulations set out by the MCA.

It is the MCA that issues British Seaman’s Discharge Books, Ships Cooks Tickets and legislates and approves the certification requirements needed to be a ships cook, we will look closer at these requirements and what they mean in a separate post.

Below we have attached for purposes of analysis, review, quotation, illustration and education a copy of the Guidelines for the Provision of Food and Fresh Water on Merchant Ships and Fishing Vessels published by the MCA.

These guidelines set out the minimum operational principles and responsibilities for ships owners, operators, managers, captains and marine crew in providing adequate food water and accommodation and should be of interest and understood by all ships cooks and catering crew.

The Original MCA PDF file can be found at;-

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/445615/MGN_525_Amd_1.pdf