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.
In the first of a series of regular ‘member profiles’, we talk to Kerrie Forster of Acta Marine, Chairman of the NWA Safety Forum and a Member of the Committee. Kerrie gives us an insight into recent news at Acta, his view on the state of the market, and a perspective on discussions at the Offshore Wind Safety Forum.
The National Workboat Association (NWA) would like to thank everyone who attended our first Offshore Wind-specific Safety Forum on 6th September, at the Orbis Centre, Lowestoft. The forum provided a round table discussion for crew transfer vessel operators and managers, and wind farm operators, to address common issues challenges in the safe operation of offshore wind Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs).
After two weeks of waiting for the BG Verkehr to respond to Roger Towner’s last proposal, we have now had two unwelcome developments.