Over the last five years or so we have had the issue of a European Workboat Association on the agenda. The initial idea was that the code of practice we operate under could effectively be adopted and used by operators in Europe.
The idea has had positive response from operators in Europe and general agreement that there is a need for a common accepted code of practice. Given the success and worldwide acceptance of the MCA Brown Code, this seemed like the ideal standard to use.
However, given that the task in hand is a massive one and resources are limited the NWA has decided not to take the idea forward.
We would however be more than happy to provide advice and direction should European operators wish to take the lead and set up their own association. Alternatively, we would welcome any operators who would like to join the National Workboat Association; we currently already have some European members who already use the code for their vessels.
For further information or to discuss this in more detail, please contact the secretary.
We are pleased to announce that, at long last, we have secured acceptance for our workboat crewmember apprenticeship in the new ‘Trailblazer’ format. This format attracts a higher level of government funding and will enable you to receive additional funding to train new crews for our industry in the future.
Yvonne Orr, Nick Allen and Mark Ranson met MCA representatives last month to express disquiet at how things were to be taken forward with regard to the acceptance of the <200GT Masters Certificate of Competence (CoC) in German waters.
We can confirm the Annual Dinner and AGM will once again be held at the Lakeside Hotel, Windermere on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th January, following a similar format to last year. Follow the link below for room pricing and registration details.