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.
Forthcoming Master, Less 500GT Specialist Workboat Modules planned at both JPMA Hoylake and Stream Marine, Glasgow
In a case of last of the Old Year and first of the New - we can report that Perth Harbour and Topbond Plc joined the NWA towards the end of 2016 and Riverside Thames Ltd, the tug and barge subsidiary of Cory Environmental have now joined us this week.
The NWA has developed this towage good practice guide at the request of the MCA to underpin and expand on the principles for safe towage as outlined in the towage section of the revised Workboat Code which is due for publication shortly.