The UK National Audit Office (NAO) released its audit of the response of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to the rapid growth of the UK merchant fleet. The MCA managed the growth reasonably well, but the overall quality of ships operating under the British flag has declined. The MCA delegated more survey work to classification societies. Certification and survey fees have not covered costs. (2/11/09).
(Source: Holland & Knight)