The MCA removed all UK manning requirements from UK flagged ships years ago at the behest of the Tory government. The only ships requiring a UK Master, the only rank stipulated, are strategic ships, Product Tankers, RoRos, Class 1 Passenger and fishing boats >24m. I wonder if the EU will be removed from the list of approved nationalities on Jan 2nd?
Recently the MCA increased the fees for revalidation of Certificates and medicals, the only price reduction was for CECs, the buy one get one free method whereby foreign officers are given a UK equivalent cert.
I applaud the French unions for ensuring French Seamen are employed on French ships flying the French flag and paying French tax.
This country wants only the cheapest ships, seamen and services. Short termism at its most extreme.
Even if such a rule was brought in the MCA would simply grant exemptions to any company who said that British Seamen were unavailable, a situation they have created.