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UK Workboat Code Training Manual

As required by the UK MCA's Workboat Code (which amends and supersedes the original "Brown Code" and previous "Small Commercial Vessels and Pilot Boats Code of Practice") from January 2015. The Code applies to:

  • Small workboats (under 24m, or if built before July 1968, of less than 150 GRT) that operate to sea eg Windfarm Vessels, Tenders, Fishing Vessels etc
  • Vessels in commercial use, other than those engaged in recreational, sport or pleasure use
  • All UK workboats, wherever they may be operating
  • All UK pilot boats, of any size
  • Non-UK vessels in UK waters or operating from UK ports

Our manual is also suitable for all similar vessels, whether or not they are governed by the Code. Note: vessels equipped with davit-launched survival craft or Marine Evacuation Systems should use our Large Coded Vessels Training Manual.

The Workboat Code Training Manual also fully satisfies the requirements of the (voluntary) MCA Code of Practice for Rescue Boats.

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Key Features

Key Features / Benefits:

  • Meets the requirements of the MCA The Workboat Code (June 2014) and also the (voluntary) MCA Code of Practice for Rescue Boats
  • Covers all the common types of on-board safety equipment - takes the hard work out of preparing your vessel's training material
  • The operator completes the final section of the manual with specific details for a particular vessel, so that the manual now becomes dedicated to that vessel
  • Presented in an A4 loose-leaf binder to enable easy updating and the insertion of other documents appropriate to that vessel as necessary
  • Enables consistency throughout a fleet, and enhances the professional image of the owners and operators


Our July 2018 brochure "A Brief Guide to our Marine Publications for SOLAS and Non-SOLAS Vessels" can be downloaded here:
Download PDF(1) For On-Screen Viewing - pdf file, 2.5Mb
Download PDF(2) Printable version - pdf file, 2.0Mb 

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* Loose-leaf A4 binder with a 25mm 4-ring mechanism
* Approx 120 pages, many with diagrams or photographs
(This manual supersedes our previous UK SCV Code of Practice Training Manual)

* Contents:

  • Emergency Response / Plans
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Survival Craft
  • Use of Survival Craft Equipment
  • Radio Equipment
  • Pyrotechnic Distress Signals
  • Line-Throwing Appliances
  • Lifebuoy Equipment
  • Man OverBoard Recovery
  • Survival Techniques
  • Search and Rescue Operations
  • Equipment Inventory, for you to make the Manual specific to your vessel

* ISBN number:

  • A4 size  3rd edition (2015)   978-1-905195-29-9

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