In January 2018, Maritime NZ surveyed people who hold fishing-related certificates, asking their experiences on fatigue and the steps they are taking to minimise it. Most of the 318 respondents were skippers and 82% have been working in the industry for more than 10 years.
In the latest issue of its LOOKOUT, Maritime NZ describes how a fatigued skipper and anchoring in an unfamiliar area during darkness, contributed to rudder damage on a fishing vessel. The investigation revealed how lack of sleep can affect judgment and risk the safety of the crew and vessel.
Fatigue is a main problem for commercial fishing, often the cause of devastating and sometimes even fatal accidents. In the latest issue of its Lookout publication, Maritime New Zealand shared an infographic citing the key causes of fatigue in fishing sector and best practices when there is struggle to sleep at sea.
The NTSB issued an investigation report on the grounding and sinking of the fishing vessel ‘Southern Bell’ in the Gulf of Mexico, east of Sabine Pass Jetty Channel, in October 2017, that resulted in a release of approximately 3,800 gallons of diesel and oil into the water and in vessel total loss.
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