“Being a member of the Workboat Association has not only assisted us to operate our marine activities to highest and most current standards of best practice, but it has provided us a new network within industry which has helped us to increase our performance and lower our operational costs.”
Owen Evans, Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners.


The Workboat Association is the trade, skills and safety standards association for the workboat industry

Since its inception in 1994, the association has acted as a crucial point of liaison between its membership and key regulatory and industry bodies, such as the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). It has also driven the creation of safety, technical and best practice standards, provided a unifying platform for industry lobbying and debate, and delivered industry-recognised training and certification opportunities.

Core achievements include the introduction and subsequent revision of the MCA Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Small Workboats – the “Workboat Code”, the High Speed Offshore Service Craft Code and the formation of the Workboat Apprenticeship scheme – leading to a recognised Diploma in Workboat Studies and all required certification to begin a career onboard.

The Workboat Association has a membership base of over 170 workboat owners, operators, stakeholders and professionals’ collectively representing over 1000+ operational vessels across the world.

“Before your first day as an Apprentice – to running your own globally operating business, the Workboat Association is there to support you each step of the way.”

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