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IMO reviews minimum training standards for fishers

The comprehensive review of the IMO treaty on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel will continue this week. Namely, the Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping will review the minimum standards of competence described in the treaty.

Tips to address the risks of icing on fishing vessel stability

On the aftermath of the sinking of the fishing vessel ‘Destination’ with loss of six crewmembers, the NTSB issued a safety alert highlighting how icing can dangerously degrade a vessel’s stability. The investigation showed that the vessel likely capsized at night in rough seas and gale force winds due to topside ice accumulation.

Reducing the risk of flooding on fishing vessels

In its fishing vessel safety guide released earlier this week, the Shipowners Club provides safety tips for fishers to reduce the risk of flooding, one of the most common dangers for commercial fishing. As for the other threats, early detection of flooding is essential for a vessel to be saved.

HM Coastguard: How to ensure safe operation on fishing vessels

According to HM Coast Guard, latest figures show that commercial fishing is by far the most dangerous job and UK fishermen face a risk of death over six times higher than the most dangerous land based industry. For this reason, it published a safety guide, in order to ensure that fishermen conduct their work in a safe manner.

Icing leads to fatal fishing vessel sinking in Bering Sea

NTSB released a report on the sinking of the vessel ‘Destination’, which caused the death of six crewmembers. The 110-foot vessel sank while it was sailing in the Bering Strait, with NTSB determining that the most probable cause of the sinking was the accumulation of ice on the vessel and its fishing gear after experiencing forecasted heavy freezing spray conditions.

Blue whale killed for commercial purposes, first in decades

Sea Shepherd volunteers in Hvalfjordur, Iceland, have documented the slaughter of an endangered Blue whale on the night of 7 July, the 22nd endangered whale killed and butchered for export to Japan by an Icelandic commercial whaling company, since 20 June 2018.

IMO: Cape Town Agreement ratification to ensure fishing vessels safety

‘​IMO’s Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety needs to be ratified and implemented in order to save fishers’ lives,’ was IMO’s key message during the UN COFI 2018 in Rome,on 9-13 July. The Agreement currently has 10 Contracting States, but needs 22 for entry into force.

USCG, FWC seize illegal catch

A US Coast Guard crew located the boat in Blackwater Sound. While boarding, the boarding team discovered 64 mangrove snappers and one undersized barracuda. The boat was escorted to Gilberts Marina where a dockside boarding was carried out with FWC and the catch was seized.

Watch: Three vessels arrested over illegal fishing off Gabon

A year after Gabon’s President, Ali Bongo Ondimba, declared the creation of nine new national marine parks and 11 new aquatic reserves, Sea Shepherd now announced the launch, in partnership with the government, of the Operation Albacore III, its third campaign to tackle illegal fishing in Central West Africa. 

How to ensure fire safety on fishing vessels

In its Fishing Vessel Safety guide released in conjunction with UK’s Maritime Safety Week, the Shipowners Club provides, among others, best practice advice on fishing vessels’ protection from fire. Fatalities on fishing vessels remain a real threat, making it one of the most dangerous jobs globally. 

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