As the first set of Workboat Apprentices near the completion of their course, 54 North Maritime based in Whitby are now hosting the next intake of 9 apprentices from several different NWA member companies, with the prospect of another course starting in January 2016. Although January is some way away members considering taking on apprentices are advised to start the selection and interviewing process in good time and liaise with 54 North Maritime who will be pleased to assist.
Apprentices undertaking the NWA 'Workboat' Apprenticeship developed through the Maritime Skills Alliance (MSA), will study for a level 2 'Diploma in Maritime Studies: Workboats'. – This will allow employers to take on new starters as apprentices, gain funding towards their training whilst at the same time developing these new crew members' skills. The apprentices will have to complete various courses, gaining MSQs and completing the Workboat Training Record Book* On completion of their apprenticeship, these trainees will have gained good practical experience and many of the elements needed for the < 200gt Master (Code Vessel) qualification. Further information can be obtained from Training Providers, the MSA website or by contacting the Secretary.
Also through the MSA we have developed two short courses as Maritime Skills units,specifically aimed at Workboat Masters and watchkeepers, which will meet the requirements of the revised Workboat Code;-
1/ Operate non-ECDIS Marine Electronic Chart Systems - a 3 day course to familiarise operators to effectively use the Electronic Chart system installed on their vessel, and
2/ Use of Radar for Safe Navigation and Collision Avoidance on Domestic and Code Vessels - again a 3 Day course to ensure users are competent and confident in the effective use of their Radar on board.
These courses are already being offered by MARITAS and other training providers are expected to follow suit. MARITAS are also able to offer these two courses as a combined 5 day course.
The MCA has published MIN 469 giving details of those STCW Basic Safety courses which require refreshing under the 2010 Manila amendments to the STCW convention. These include Personal Survival Techniques, Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting and Advanced fire Fighting.
The tables in the 'M' notice give the details for each course including where they relate to CoCs and other qualifications. Click on this link to MIN 469 to see the full details.
Please note the deadline for individuals to comply with these Refresher requirements is 1st January 2017 and there is expected to be a high demand for place on courses leading up to this date.
We have three Training Record Books (TRBs) available for the different needs of workboat Crewmembers:
This is a valuable document for anyone working in the workboat industry to complete as it gives a thorough record of their experience and skills gained.
This TRB forms annex 4 of MGN 468 and must be completed by any candidate seeking to gain a Voluntary Towage Endorsement
Any candidate for the Master <500gt (Workboat) Certificate of Competency will have to complete this TRB
After several years of consultation between the interested stakeholders the MCA published this Voluntary Towage Endorsement Scheme (as MGN 468).
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.