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.
The National Workboat Association (NWA) is launching an ‘Understanding Fatigue’ campaign to combat crewmember fatigue on offshore energy support vessels (OESVs)
Following the success of our inaugural NWA / Offshore Wind Safety Forum in Lowestoft last year, we are holding the second combined Safety Forum on 6th September at the ERGO Centre on the Humber. Email Mark Ranson to secure your place.
In this month’s Member Profile, Chris King, Founder and Managing Director of King Marine, talks to us about the workboat training landscape, opportunities and challenges in the sector, and his longterm involvement with the NWA.