"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 a case of last of the Old Year and first of the New - we can report that Perth Harbour and Topbond Plc joined the NWA towards the end of 2016 and Riverside Thames Ltd, the tug and barge subsidiary of Cory Environmental have now joined us this week.
The NWA has developed this towage good practice guide at the request of the MCA to underpin and expand on the principles for safe towage as outlined in the towage section of the revised Workboat Code which is due for publication shortly.
Hoylake Sailing School have announced the first course date for the specialist workboat module for the STCW Master, Workboat, less than 500GT certificate of Competence