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|Date of Approval and Publication||Strategy|
|May 2001||Freight strategy|
|January 2002||First strategic plan|
|January 2003||Second strategic plan|
|June 2003||West Coast Main Line strategy|
|June 2003||Network utilisation strategy|
|October 2003||Specification of network outputs|
Lord Davies of Oldham: The implementation of the regulations is the responsibility of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Although plans are not required to demonstrate compliance with guidelines developed by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and neither is this part of the approval process, the MCA has advised port waste management planners to contact their local Defra office and environmental regulator in order to discuss the provision of reception facilities and ensure that they conform with both Defra's and the regulator's guidance. The MCA has consulted closely with Defra throughout the development of the regulations and the associated guidance in order to promote best practice.
Lord Davies of Oldham: In consultation with the UK ports industry it was agreed that port waste management plans conforming to the requirements of the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Port Waste Reception Facilities) Regulations 2003 should be submitted to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for review and approval at the latest by 31 December 2003. Not all harbours and terminals have yet submitted their plans.
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