"I find the benefits of being a member of the NWA are that I can help shape the industry, the Association gives the operator a voice and I am thrilled to be a part of it." - Chris King, King Marine Ltd
The NWA's excellent contacts will usually allow us to get a more expedient and positive response than might be the case to an individual contact
The National Workboat Association is the Trade association for Workboat Owners and Operators. Whilst most are based in the UK we have members with vessels operating throughout the North Sea basin, in the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf as well as in Australasia.
The range of workboats is as wide as their geographical location;- from Shoalbusters to specialised Survey vessels and Multicats to Wind Farm Service Vessels. Likewise, our members range from those with fleets of 30+ vessels down to single owner operator vessels.
The NWA seeks to improve the operation of Workboats in two main areas; -
The Association also give a forum for members to exchange views and concerns on a wide range of issues and a conduit to express those concerns as appropriate, to the MCA as the main regulator and other representative bodies, such as IMCA and the Maritime Skills Alliance.
In advance of our AGM last Friday (19th), we held the latest meeting of our Safety Forum on Thursday afternoon. The forum – rescheduled from November – included its usual safety pause, and covered a number of pertinent issues including near miss reporting and accident statistics. It also provided an opportunity to recap on some of the key themes from last year’s events and consider how the programme will look in 2018.
The G+ has now released the revised 2nd edition of its Good practice guideline: the safe management of small service vessels used in the offshore wind industry. The publication has been made available for download via the Energy Institute website.
2017 was another busy year for the NWA – and its Secretary! - as we continued to push forward with important initiatives in the areas of training and vessel safety, while grappling with a number of legislative and regulatory issues affecting our membership.