Friday 4th August 2017
This month, the G+ released a consultation draft of the 2nd edition of their version of the Good Practice Guidelines: “The safe management of small service vessels used in the offshore wind industry”.
The consultation period is open now and runs until 9th September 2017.
As we know, this publication has become the offshore wind industry’s point of reference for the use of CTVs and other vessels in the sector. Therefore, it is important that we ensure that all information is as accurate as possible, and that you feel confident that there is nothing untoward in the text.
This will be our last chance to contribute to the publication and have a say in any changes left to be made. This latest draft follows the consideration of the numerous comments submitted in 2016, which has inevitably been dominated by the outlook of several of the larger offshore wind stakeholders.
Please review this consultation document and send your comments into Andrew Sykes (ASykes@energyinst.org) at the Energy institute before the deadline.
We will have an opportunity to openly discuss members’ comments on the consultation at the next NWA Safety forum on the 6th September. To help guide discussion at the forum, and to ensure that we highlight any recurring comments in the Safety Forum, and in our NWA response to the G+/Energy Institute, we ask that you please copy Mark Ranson (firstname.lastname@example.org) into any feedback that you submit to the Energy Institute.
Roger Towner, Head of the MCA Seafarer Standards branch recently met section heads and a lawyer from the BG Verkehr in Hamburg. Whilst the BG Verkehr are currently still refusing to accept the UK <200GT Master Code Vessel and <500GT Master Workboat CoCs, issued under article IX of STCW, they did reach a verbal agreement on an interim solution.
The next NWA Safety Forum will be held at the Orbis Centre, Lowestoft, on 6th September at 10am. This offshore wind-focused forum will look to involve all stakeholders in the offshore wind supply chain, with representatives from a selection of our members’ wind clients, shore managers and CTV Masters.
This month, the NWA launched its LinkedIn profile, with the creation of both a public NWA LinkedIn Page and a members-only NWA LinkedIn Group. This presence on LinkedIn will create two new channels of communication for our members.