“As Workboat Operators based outside the UK, Acta Marine value our membership of The Workboat Association highly, particularly for our vessels sailing the Red Ensign. Not only to keep up-to-date on industry regulation changes and market trends, but also to support cross-industry collaboration and development.” – Bert de Ruijter, Acta Marine BV (the Netherlands).


The Workboat Association is the trade, skills and safety standards association for the workboat industry

Since its inception in 1994, the association has acted as a crucial point of liaison between its membership and key regulatory and industry bodies, such as the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). It has also driven the creation of safety, technical and best practice standards, provided a unifying platform for industry lobbying and debate, and delivered industry-recognised training and certification opportunities.

Core achievements include the introduction and subsequent revision of the MCA Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Small Workboats – the “Workboat Code”, the High Speed Offshore Service Craft Code and the formation of the Workboat Apprenticeship scheme – leading to a recognised Diploma in Workboat Studies and all required certification to begin a career onboard.

The Workboat Association has a membership base of over 150 workboat owners, operators, stakeholders and professionals’ collectively representing over 700 operational vessels across the world.

“Before your first day as an Apprentice – to running your own globally operating business, the Workboat Association is there to support you each step of the way.”

Member Profile: Mark Jaenicke, The Maritime Skills Academy

Important Reminder: Training requirement changes for Workboat Code 2 vessels – 1st Jan 2022

Member Profile: Donford Nicholas and Fleur Moisan, Ports of Jersey