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The Workboat Code Edition 2

Workboat Code

The National Workboat Association (NWA), the trade, skills and safety standards association for the workboat industry, announced the launch of Edition 2 of The Workboat Code, a document that will redefine working practices and standards for vessel operators across numerous maritime sectors in the UK.

The UK MCA Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1892 (M) which introduces the Code is to be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/772041/MSN1892_Final_180119.pdf

To access the full revised Workboat Code, readers are invited to visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-workboat-code-edition-2 

(Note: Image of Workboat Code © Crown Copyright 2018).

This much-anticipated Code of Practice, published in December 2018 and introduced at the NWA’s AGM on 31 January, has been developed in direct collaboration with workboat operators to better reflect the realities of modern workboat operation.

Workboats – loosely defined as vessels under 200grt and less than 24m in length – represent a fast-growing segment of the UK maritime market, with over 600 boats now registered with the NWA and probably twice this number in operation. This rapid growth has been driven by the emergence of new industries such as offshore wind, alongside rising demand for a diverse range of logistical support applications in the wider maritime sector.

This growth has been accompanied by technical innovation, and the UK workboat fleet now comprises a wide variety of advanced, specialist tonnage, ranging from from tugs to pilot vessels, survey vessels and crew transfer vessels (CTVs). Demand has consequently grown for a Code of Practice that reflects this fleet diversity and evolving scope of operation.

According to NWA the first edition of The Workboat Code, also known as the ‘Brown Code’ was published in 1998 and, while it played a key role in promoting the initial development of the UK workboat industry, it was not written with the modern UK workboat fleet in mind.

NWA members and workboat operators at large, aiming for progressive improvement in safety standards, have been calling for a revised code that builds on lessons learned from the past 20 years’ operation.

Edition 2 of The Workboat Code, developed by a working group led by the NWA in close cooperation with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), includes a number of essential revisions to industry best practice.

Along with an improved section on stability for modern designs, and improvements relating to vessels engaged in towing, the revised Code encompasses a number of new considerations. It now considers modern vessel applications such as offshore wind farm crew and equipment transfer CTVs  and carriage or transfer of dangerous goods.

These best practice guidelines will validate and confirm the approaches taken by workboat operators working throughout the UK and Europe, setting a standard for safe and effective operations.

Katy Ware, Director of Maritime Safety for the MCA commented: ‘The new Workboat Code has been developed directly with the industry – and it has been highly rewarding to see the level of commitment and enthusiasm UK operators have shown during this time.  We are grateful for the support and assistance of the National Workboat Association during this process and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

Kerrie Forster, Chair of the National Workboat Association Safety Forum said: ‘The revised Workboat Code is a great improvement in regulation and we would like to thank Jenny Vines and the Vessel Policy Branch at the MCA for their tireless efforts in getting this crucial Code of Practice over the line. The Code will certainly be instrumental in supporting our thriving industry – and we call on all of our members, and the wider sector, to use it to its full potential as we collectively aim to uphold the highest possible standards of operation.’

Mark Ranson, Chief Executive of the NWA added: ‘When we first took on the task of revising the Workboat Code, we did not perhaps realise what a task we were taking on – but it makes all the hard work worthwhile, to see the revised Code published by the MCA and owners now able to build with confidence for the future.’

About the National Workboat Association

The National Workboat Association (NWA) is the safety standards, skills and trade association for the workboat industry.

Since its inception in 1994, the NWA has acted as a crucial point of liaison between its membership and key regulatory and industry bodies, such as the Maritime & 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 otherwise known as the Workboat Code, – which acts as the recognised technical standard for UK workboats and has formed the basis for numerous international codes.

The NWA has a membership base of over 80 UK and European workboat owners and operators, collectively representing over 620 operational vessels.

To find out more about the NWA, see: http://www.workboatassociation.org/

 

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