Thursday 25th January 2018
We would like to thank everyone who joined us at the Safety Forum, Annual Dinner and AGM at the Lakeside Hotel, Windermere last week.
Following a productive Safety Forum in the afternoon, we assembled for the Annual Dinner on Thursday evening, with distinguished guests including our own Norman Finlay (MBE) and our after-dinner speakers, noted comedy writer, Barry Cryer (OBE) and comedian Lea Roberts. Between them, the pair of speakers provided a very witty and amusing end to the evening! A special mention goes to Mike Conafray for exceeding himself yet again in organising the evening’s entertainment.
The AGM on Friday morning saw a number of important updates. Changes to the committee involved Brett Metcalfe, Malcolm Duncan and Mike Conafray standing down (but the latter staying on as our ‘Social Secretary’!), whilst Neil Clarkson was re-elected, along with Richard Brooks and Joshua Metcalfe who were elected to the committee for the first time. Kaye Conafray has been reappointed as Treasurer.
Following the elections, Mark Meade and Mark Ranson presented an overview of association activity in 2017 – a round-up can be found here – and this was followed by remarks from our President, Norman Finlay, an update on subscriptions from Mark Meade, and presentations from our PR and Marketing partners, Tamarindo, and our Safety Forum Chair, Kerrie Forster.
Afterwards, Helen McCormick of CTRL Solutions outlined the implications of Brexit on the workboat industry. Her insightful talk outlined the main issues that workboat owners should bear in mind while the full implications of Brexit remain unclear.
We then heard from our sponsors. Sarah Lovell of Stream Marine Training (SMT) provided an update on the development of their Apprenticeship course, giving members the opportunity to respond and provide direct feedback. Shawbrook Marine Asset Finance emphasised the value of long-term relationships and a principled approach to commercial marine finance. Finally, Damen Shipyards revealed a number of new vessel designs, developed in collaboration with workboat operators.
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In advance of our AGM last Friday (19th), we held the latest meeting of our Safety Forum on Thursday afternoon. The forum – rescheduled from November – included its usual safety pause, and covered a number of pertinent issues including near miss reporting and accident statistics. It also provided an opportunity to recap on some of the key themes from last year’s events and consider how the programme will look in 2018.
The G+ has now released the revised 2nd edition of its Good practice guideline: the safe management of small service vessels used in the offshore wind industry. The publication has been made available for download via the Energy Institute website.
2017 was another busy year for the NWA – and its Secretary! - as we continued to push forward with important initiatives in the areas of training and vessel safety, while grappling with a number of legislative and regulatory issues affecting our membership.