National Workboat Association

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Welcome to the

National Workboat Association

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; -

  • Through close dialogue with the MCA an effective regulatory framework for the Safe Operation of Workboats, and
  • Relevant, appropriate qualifications for crew members operating these vessels.

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.


Latest Industry News

NWA Towage Good Practice Guide - Final Draft for Comment

Jul 2016

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.

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Master , Workboat less than 500GTm Workboat Module - 1st Course Date Confirmed

Mar 2016

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

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