Wednesday 10th April 2013
At Last! – After years of work with the MCA Seafarers Standards branch MGN 468 has finally been published. This notice defines the criteria and requirements for a series of 3 Towage Endorsements and names the NWA as the only recognised body able to issue these on behalf of the MCA. The NWA has authorised an initial group of experienced Assessors to undertake the final assessments for candidates seeking one of these Towage endorsements;-General Towing, Ship Assist and Sea Towage.
Candidates will have to complete the relevant sections of the Towage Training Record Book contained in Annex 4 of MGN 468, before applying to the NWA to arrange their final assessment. See under ‘Training for a .pdf copy of this Towage training Record Book
This will be the first time that Tug Masters will have the opportunity to have their competence in towage independently assessed and recognised. It is expected that these Voluntary Towage Endorsements will be increasingly utilised by towage operators and harbour authorities as evidence of a Tug Master’s practical competence.
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.