Wednesday 28th March 2018
We are pleased to welcome Commercial Rib Charter and Svensk Sjoentreprenad AB, the NWA’s newest members, on board. Commercial Rib Charter (pictured bottom) became the NWA’s 80th member, marking a doubling in the membership numbers since 2011.
Svensk Sjoentreprenad AB (pictured top) mark another milestone as the first Swedish based company operating Red Ensign registered workboats.
This steady growth in numbers reflects the growth and success of the workboat sector more widely, over the past few years.
The number of workboats within the membership has also more than doubled from 260 in 2011 to over 570 today, with most of that growth at the upper end of the 24m limit.
This leads into the <500GT Code of Practice currently being developed by the MCA which will allow larger workboats to be built and operated to a high standard, still complying with the main international requirements such as SOLAS but, with some relief from less appropriate ‘big ship’ rules. More to follow in the coming months.
On Thursday 17th January 2019, NWA members travelled to Windemere Lakeside Hotel to attend the 1st NWA Safety Forum of the year, prior to the annual Dinner and AGM. Notably, due to the combination of events, we saw a strong turnout, with around 50 members present to air their views and share their experiences.
In March, Scottish Offshore Wind is hosting 3 events relating to offshore wind (OW). These are for companies in OW, thinking of diversifying into it, or simply curious.
Much-anticipated revision to the Workboat Code presented at the National Workboat Association’s 2019 AGM, paving the way for further growth in the UK maritime sector