“As Workboat Operators based outside the UK, Acta Marine value our membership of The Workboat Association highly, particularly for our vessels sailing the Red Ensign. Not only to keep up-to-date on industry regulation changes and market trends, but also to support cross-industry collaboration and development.” – Bert de Ruijter, Acta Marine BV (the Netherlands).


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” and the formation of the Workboat Apprenticeship scheme – leading to a level 2 Diploma in Workboat Studies and all required certification to begin a career onboard.

The Workboat Association has a membership base of over 100 UK and European workboat owners and operators, collectively representing over 650 operational vessels.

Member Profile: Bert de Ruiter, Acta Marine

WA guide on MCA AN1006 (Certifying Workboats for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods)

Member Profile: Marc Lawrence, Van Ameyde McAuslands Surveyors