Tuesday 4th July 2017
The Maritime Skills Alliance (MSA) is reforming the current ‘Diploma in Maritime Studies: Boatmaster, Tidal Inland Waterways’ into 3 stages to make it more accessible for candidates. It also means that if desired a candidate can study stage 1&2 and achieve a recognisable deck qualification, even if he is not able to go on to complete the full Boatmaster qualification. The three stages will be:
1) Level 2 - Award in Maritime Studies: Watch Rating – Based on categorised waters rather than a ‘deep sea’ Navigational Watch Rating certificate and still covers all units necessary to gain a Watch Rating Certificate.
2) Level 2 - Certificate in Maritime Studies: Seamanship - Covers the practical work required for the Efficient Deck Hand qualification, but focuses on liferafts and rescue boats in place of lifeboats, which were covered in the ‘deep sea’ version of the EDH certificate.
3) Level 2 - Certificate in Maritime Studies: Boatmaster Tidal Inland Waterways – Final stage to cover the remaining units including all required theoretical knowledge to enable the candidate to sit the MCA Boatmaster oral examination.
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.