After several years of consultation between the interested stakeholders the MCA published this Voluntary Towage Endorsement Scheme (as MGN 468). The NWA acts as the ‘Recognised Body’ to administer this scheme in the UK. We have appointed authorised Assessors who are available to assess candidates who have applied to gain a Towage endorsement and have completed the relevant part(s) of the Towage Training Record Book, referred to above. This will be the first time Tug Masters will have the opportunity to demonstrate their Towage ability and have it recognised through these Towage Endorsements. The first Tug Masters have already passed their Towage Endorsements - have you applied for yours? Several Harbour authorities have already expressed interest in these towage endorsements for those engaged in towing in their ports.
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.