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.
Norman Finlay, a highly respected marine surveyor and the founder of the National Workboat Association (NWA), has been awarded an MBE for ‘Services to UK Shipping’. Following the Lifetime Achievement award presented to Mr Finlay at Seawork in 2013, this MBE is further recognition of the dedication and commitment he has shown, throughout a long and illustrious career, to the maritime and workboat industries.
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