Tuesday 10th June 2014
After months of drafting and discussion we have virtually reached agreement with the MCA on the text of the revised Workboat code. - There are still some contentious areas which we will have chance to comment and amend before the final version is published, particularly with reference to Towing and the Carriage of Dangerous Goods. The MCA are publishing an " Industrial Working Group - Technical Standard" today to coincide with Seawork - you can download a copy here. The revised code still has to undergo legal scrutiny and an 'Impact Assessment but the MCA state that it can be used as an alternative construction standard from today.
We are pleased to announce that, at long last, we have secured acceptance for our workboat crewmember apprenticeship in the new ‘Trailblazer’ format. This format attracts a higher level of government funding and will enable you to receive additional funding to train new crews for our industry in the future.
Yvonne Orr, Nick Allen and Mark Ranson met MCA representatives last month to express disquiet at how things were to be taken forward with regard to the acceptance of the <200GT Masters Certificate of Competence (CoC) in German waters.
We can confirm the Annual Dinner and AGM will once again be held at the Lakeside Hotel, Windermere on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th January, following a similar format to last year. Follow the link below for room pricing and registration details.