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;
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
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.