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.
Roger Towner, Head of the MCA Seafarer Standards branch recently met section heads and a lawyer from the BG Verkehr in Hamburg. Whilst the BG Verkehr are currently still refusing to accept the UK <200GT Master Code Vessel and <500GT Master Workboat CoCs, issued under article IX of STCW, they did reach a verbal agreement on an interim solution.
The next NWA Safety Forum will be held at the Orbis Centre, Lowestoft, on 6th September at 10am. This offshore wind-focused forum will look to involve all stakeholders in the offshore wind supply chain, with representatives from a selection of our members’ wind clients, shore managers and CTV Masters.
This month, the NWA launched its LinkedIn profile, with the creation of both a public NWA LinkedIn Page and a members-only NWA LinkedIn Group. This presence on LinkedIn will create two new channels of communication for our members.