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.
We are delighted to report that the final piece of the Apprenticeship 'jigsaw' is now in place – with the Workboat Crewmember Standard and end-point assessment already published, the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) has now recommended a funding band of £20,000 per Apprentice.
It was great to see so many of you at Seawork and to catch up – both around the event and at the NWA Seawork dinner. Please find below a quick round-up of highlights from the event.
Following comments from the industry about the lack of clarity on the application of MGN 490 (M) & 491(M) on the MLC substantial equivalence for crew accommodation below the waterline on workboats up to 500GT, the MCA has reviewed the two notices and rearranged the material in three notices as follows: