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MCA publish the Workboat Code - Edition 2

Published on: 10 January 2019

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Following collaboration with British Marine and the National Workboat Association (NWA) to gather industry feedback on the draft MSN for the Workboat Code: Edition 2, the MCA has now published the new Code. This Code applies to small workboats that operate at sea and to pilot boats of any size operating either at sea or in categorised waters (i.e. inland). It applies to United Kingdom vessels wherever they may at, and to non-United Kingdom vessels in UK waters or operating from UK ports.

This Code must, from the date of publication (8 January 2019), be used for new workboats and pilot boats. Existing workboats who wish to meet this Code should do so as described by the Code and in full. This Code should be read in conjunction with MSN 1892 and SI 1998 No. 1609. The Code can be viewed and downloaded from the MCA’s website here.

British Marine members seeking advice on the Code can contact the Technical team on