Nov 22

British Tugowners Association | Annual Safety Seminar | 10 November | Recovery of Persons from Water

In person safety culture conference
Thursday 10th November 2022
In person safety culture conference
09:00 - 16:00
Member and Invited Attendee Ticket Free
Non-Member Ticket £150
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84 George Street

Ticket sales have now closed please email Robert: rmerrylees@ukchamberofshipping.com

The BTA is holding its Annual Safety Seminar on Thursday 10 November at the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) premises in Edinburgh. 

The full-day seminar is a practical operational session and this year is focussed on the recovery of persons in the water (PIW), in particular from small vessels and in/around harbours. 

The Seminar will also see the formal release of the BTA’s newly produced Guide to Good Practice for PIW Recovery for Small Vessels. A practitioners guide detailing the stages of recovery, equipment & techniques, which can be utilised and highlighting the importance of training and drills.

The Seminar will examine recent incidents, discuss accident prevention, and hear from tug experts, insurers and investigators. With an audience of tug masters, pilots, marine superintendents, P&I clubs, lawyers, workboat crew, harbour masters and others, the aim is to inform, discuss and share best practice.

The day will run from 0900-1600 with lunch and refreshments provided

All involved in harbour towage and pilotage are strongly encouraged to save the date for this important event. Attendance is free for members of the BTA, Chamber, UKMPA and UKHMA, Workboat Association along with invited guests. Non-members are welcome to join the day for £150.00.

An informal private supper will be held the night before in Edinburgh for BTA members and invited guests. For those travelling up the day before and wish to join, please contact Robert Merrylees.

With special thanks to the Maritime Skills Academy for their support as Silver Sponsor.

Silver Sponsor


Maritime Skills Academy

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Registration, Tea & Coffee
Welcome & Introductions

Nick Dorman, Targe Towing

UK Harbour Masters Association

A Harbour Master’s perspective on emergency response and recovering persons from the water

Alan McPherson, Forth Ports

QUIKSLING - Tension activated MOB recovery device

George West & Phil Dryburgh

Maritime Skills Academy

Creating a balanced workforce through tailored training 

Sam Kelly & Naomi Harper

Refreshment Break
Publication Launch

Person in Water Recovery Guide to Good Practice

Scott Baker, Svitzer

Annual Safety Statistics - Results & Future Enhancement

James Burge, Svitzer

Juliet Balconies - An engineered solution

Oliver Burke, Svitzer

ZELIM Recovery Systems - Looking to the future of MOB recovery?

Sam Mayall & Andy Tripping

Refreshment Break
Robert Allan Architects

Designing recovery of persons into vessel construction

Jim Hyslop (Video & Virtual Link)

BTA Honorary President

Tom Woolley, Targe Towing

Wrap Up & Lessons Learned