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.
We are delighted to report that the final piece of the Apprenticeship 'jigsaw' is now in place – with the Workboat Crewmember Standard and end-point assessment already published, the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) has now recommended a funding band of £20,000 per Apprentice.
It was great to see so many of you at Seawork and to catch up – both around the event and at the NWA Seawork dinner. Please find below a quick round-up of highlights from the event.
Following comments from the industry about the lack of clarity on the application of MGN 490 (M) & 491(M) on the MLC substantial equivalence for crew accommodation below the waterline on workboats up to 500GT, the MCA has reviewed the two notices and rearranged the material in three notices as follows: