Training and Health & safety


No berthing or mooring procedure can be safely conducted unless the vessel has trained mooring crew’s standing-by
and for the pilot or ship’s master to have

confidence in those mooring boat crews and mooring gangs. With this in mind, all BLYTH BOATMEN helmsmen have at minimum of 5 years mooring boat experience and are trained to MCA standards or above.

All BLYTH BOATMEN personnel receive full inductions prior to their first attendance and are accompanied by a senior member of our mooring staff at all mooring operations to cover both shore side working as well as working in mooring boats for their first 2 years. From years 3 to 4, personnel can work (under the guidance of senior members of staff) on all vessels up to and including 10000 DWT. In year 5 they can attend all vessels unsupervised.  In addition, we carry out extensive Risk Assessments and issue Method Statements for all our mooring operations services, which all working personnel are briefed on and familiarize themselves with, along with all PPE and company Health & Safety Documents, so all safety procedures are adhered to during all mooring and unmooring operations.

All BLYTH BOATMEN mooring crews are in constant contact with the Port Of Blyth VTS and vessels which they attend via VHF marine Radio’s and are fully equipped with the latest PPE safety equipment, which meet or exceed MCA Code of Practise for the Safety of Small Workboats & Pilot Boat’s. The National Occupational Standards for Marine Operations (Ports) 1998. Statutory Instrument 1992 No.3139 The Personal Protective Equipment (EC Directive) Regulations 1992 and also the Port Of Blyth Mooring Operations and the Port Of Blyth Pilot Boat Operations Documents.

All BLYTH BOATMEN personnel operate in crew’s of between 2 and 4 men depending on size of vessel they are attending and are fully licensed from the Port of Blyth (Harbour Master) and inspected on a regular basis by the MCA.

Risk Assessments

BLYTH BOATMEN continually review their existing and new operations using Risk Assessment and Method Statements processes, to ensure that the hazards and controls are still relevant, this minimizes any risk and that any job specific controls or risks are identified.