Wednesday 17th May 2017
Following last year’s public consultation, we’re pleased to announce that the MCA has now published an updated version of the High Speed – Offshore Service Craft Code for vessels under 500 tonnes.
The revised HS-OSC code can now be found online here, and has been published alongside responses to the comments received during the consultation.
This up to date version should now be used by all members wishing to build or refit a vessel under the Code. To support its members, the NWA has created a list of hints and pointers for those looking to do so – which will shortly be made available in the Guidance section of the members’ area.
In order to keep this guidance up to date, we encourage all operators who undertake the HS-OSC registration process to advise the Secretary of any additional hurdles or hitches they face.
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.