The International Labour Organization’s Work in Fishing Convention ILO 188, which came into force in the UK in December 2018, entitles all fishermen to written terms and conditions of employment (a fisherman’s work agreement), decent accommodation and food, medical care, regulated working time, repatriation, social protection and health and safety on board.

Many fishing vessel owners are already doing much of what is required in these new regulations but to make sure you can comply with all the new regulations and in advance of your next fishing vessel inspection, we want to offer guidance on how you can meet the regulations and find the information you need,

...Dave Fenner, Head of Fishing Safety at the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, said.

The regulations cover three things: Safety, Terms and Conditions for everyone working on the vessel and Health. For most owners, the priority is to check the new standards for Safety at Work and the Terms & Conditions for workers because these requirements are in force now.

 

 

 

Safety

Make sure you have done the following:

-Discussed and written a formal risk assessment for your vessel

-Checked the Marine Guidance Notes below:

Terms & Conditions for Fishermen

Make sure you have done the following:

-Written a fisherman’s work agreement for all the fishermen on your vessel

-Checked the Marine Guidance Notes below:

Health

Make sure you have done the following:

-Checked you have your certificate of medical fitness available in advance of the required date. For most vessels under 24 metres and fishing inshore waters, medical fitness certificates will not be required until 2023, but it depends on where and how long you are out fishing.

-Checked the Marine Guidance Notes below: