Hornet News

Flare Disposal

New scheme to be introduced

At present, out of date flares are disposed of through the MCA, at a cost of £250,000 annually. That contract will expire on 31 December 2021.

A public consultation was held earlier this year on the disposal of flares, with the Department of Transport recommending that the MCS withdraws its free flare disposal service in favour of industry providing a national disposal network.

The MCA is now working with industry to develop the disposal service.

Only coded boats and boats over 45 feet are required to carry flares in the UK, although many cruising sailors carry them.