Category: Guidance

Event: How to manage Cyber Risk on Workboats

The Guidelines On Cyber Security Onboard Small Commercial Vessels

The WA has produced Guidelines On Cyber Security Onboard Small Commercial Vessels.

The guide aims to assist in the development of a proper cyber risk management strategy in accordance with relevant regulations and best practises on board a small commercial vessel with a focus on work processes, equipment, training, incident response and recovery management.

Download the guide for free here: The Guidelines On Cyber Security Onboard Small Commercial Vessels

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

As of 1st January 2022, all Master operating Workboat Code 2 vessels must have MCA approved Radar and Electronic Chart Plotter training.


Workboat Code 2, Annex 3;

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2.11 Radar Training
In any vessel that carries radar, the Master and any member of the crew who is likely to use the radar is strongly recommended to undertake appropriate training e.g. the Small Ships Navigation and Radar Course, the MSQ unit ‘Use of Radar for Safe Navigation and Collision Avoidance on Domestic and Code Vessels’, or other course subsequently approved by the MCA. This strong recommendation becomes a requirement 3 years after the publication of this Code.

2.13 Electronic Chart Plotters Training
It is strongly recommended that training appropriate to the type of equipment on the vessel must be undertaken by the Master and any other crew member responsible for navigation. This strong recommendation becomes a requirement 3 years after publication of this code.
Note: the MSQ unit ‘Operate non-ECDIS marine Electronic Chart Systems’, developed by the NWA has been approved by the MCA as meeting this requirement.

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Note: This does not apply to Brown Code or MGN 280 vessels. But, it does now apply to those vessels originally coded under the 2014 voluntary IWGT Standard – See section; Workboat Code 2, Annex 16.3

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Existing vessels that are certificated under the Workboat Code Industry Working Group Technical Standard, published in 2014 (‘the 2014 Standard’), do not need to comply with the requirements in the rest of this Code, and may continue to operate under the 2014 Standard until their next due renewal examination after entry into force of the Workboat Code Edition 2, or three (3) years after entry into force date of the Workboat Code Edition 2, whichever date falls later. At the end of that period, they must phase-in to the requirements of the Workboat Code Edition 2 in full.

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This transition date is similarly 1st January 2022.


Download Workboat Code 2 here from Gov.UK

IR35 employment tax changes (UK) Workshop

On Thursday April 8th 2021 the WA, supported by Brookson Group and industry guests ran a Workshop focused on the implications of the new IR35 employment tax regulations.

“Brookson’s are a regulated law, finance and accountancy firm with over 20 years’ experience in self-employed finances.”


Following on from our introduction at the recent Safety Forum into IR35 this specially organised event focusing purely on IR35. The event covered training on the new regulations, tailored information directed to vessel owners and crew managers and included a panel Q&A session.


The Workshop re-watched on demand here:

R&D Tax returns Webinar – ForrestBrown

On the 21 April, the WA joined up with ForrestBrown, the UK’s largest specialist R&D tax relief consultancy, to deliver this WBA specific 30-minute webinar.

ForrestBrown’s marine sector specialist Mike Harrison and Adam Kotas CTA explained:

  • How marine businesses can claim R&D tax relief
  • How to capture the full value of your R&D work
  • How to claim securely and protect your business from risk


The recording of the webinar can be watched on demand here: