Tuesday 7th August 2018
With arrangements now in place so that holders of the Master <500GT Workboat CoC and Class 1 Fishing CoC can convert to the Master <500GT Near Coastal (allowing them to act as Master of vessels at the German Offshore wind farms), it is disappointing to note that the Scottish Maritime Academy has so far only received one applicant for the first Cargo Work/Stability course, due to start on 20th August at NES College, Peterhead.
This first course is vital for cementing the opportunity for Masters to convert, because it will be used by the MCA to assess and approve the course syllabus, for other courses to follow.
If you have any Class 1 Fishing CoC or <500GT Workboat CoC holders who want to do this module, please make every effort to relieve them from 20th - 31st August, so they can attend this course. Please also pass this message on to your Masters and crewing departments so that they have the contact details to apply to Linda Hope at the Scottish Maritime Academy:
Linda Hope (Tel: +44 (0)1779 476204)
We need more applicants by Friday 10th August, or this course will have be postponed yet again.
The MCA have finally published and uploaded the on-line version of the Revised Workboat Code on the Gov.UK website. It can be found in the Small Craft Codes section under Statutory Guidance and is titled; "The Workboat Code, Edition 2".
Keen observers of the MCA website will have noted recent revisions to and the re-issuing of their guidance on 3 important legal areas of risk assessment.
This month we spoke to Damian Crowley, Managing Director of MARITAS (Maritime Training and Assessment Services) LTD, Chair of the National Workboat Association’s Training Group and a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.