Friday 13th July 2018
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:
This avoids duplication and removes the confusion between the application to Coded and non-Coded vessels.
There are no substantive changes but the MCA is inviting comment on these revised documents. Please submit any comments to the Secretary by 15th August.
27th November 2018 - Safety Statistics released today by the National Workboat Association (NWA) demonstrate progressive improvement in the safety performance of workboat crews and operators, with a considerable drop in the rate of incidents between 2014 and 2017.