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 150 UK and European workboat owners, operators, stakeholders and professionals, collectively representing close to 1000 operational vessels and approximately 4500 direct personnel.