Wednesday 25th October 2017
Yvonne Orr, Nick Allen and Mark Ranson met MCA representatives last month to express disquiet at how things were to be taken forward with regard to the acceptance of the <200GT Masters Certificate of Competence (CoC) in German waters.
The MCA have written to BG Verkehr requesting another meeting ASAP and the German have responded positively. They have also agreed to look at the detail of our <500GT Master Workboat, <500GT Master Near Coastal and possibly the Class 1 Fishing CoCs as possible alternatives to the <3000GT Masters CoC currently being stipulated.
Disappointingly, however, the BG Verkehr are not prepared to consider the <200GT code vessel CoC.
The MCA have just completed a mapping exercise of the other exisiting CoCs and we hope to have another meeting with the MCA in the next week to look at the best options for moving forward with the German discussion, but also to consider the wider future for workboat certification.
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.