The UK MCA announced the launch of a new funding scheme to support purchase of life-saving safety equipment for fishermen. Under the scheme, vessel owners can claim back £200 per item towards the cost of buying PFDs with integrated PLBs for their crew.
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has gathered industry experts from South East Asia countries in Cape Town this week, to share knowledge in the development of safety and security for fishermen onboard fishing vessels.
AMSA released ‘Fishing for Safety: Creating a Safety Management System’, a 16-minute video showing easy to understand steps, real-world stories and experiences of why an effective safety management system (SMS) is essential when working in the fishing industry.
The 6th session of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW 6), held from 29 April to 3 May, marked progress with the review of the STCW Convention for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), 1995, which entered into force in 2012.
HM Coast Guard presented a check list of compliance, highlighting the main requirements operators need to check in order to comply with ILO 188. ILO’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.
IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6), which took place on 4-8 February 2019, considered a first set of draft recommendations for fishing vessels and pleasure yachts operating in Polar waters, but are not already covered by the mandatory Polar Code, the so-called ‘non-SOLAS’ ships.
As part of its safety investigation on the sinking of the scallop dredger ‘Solstice’ with one fatality in September 2017, the UK MAIB issued a safety flyer for the fishing industry to share lessons learned from the casualty which raised poor stability concerns for fishing vessels.
IMO has collaborated with the NGO ‘Pew Charitable Trust’, to organise a series of seminars for government officials and industry representatives in key developing countries, to raise awareness of the Cape Town Agreement and the benefits of ratifying it. The Cape Town Agreement addresses fishing vessel safety.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced it is extending the voluntary 15-knot speed reduction through the First Narrows that was introduced in July, to ensure safety of all boaters operating in port waters. The voluntary slowdown applies to all tier 2 vessels, which includes any vessel not under pilotage.
The current fishing ban in China, issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, will be lifted in South China Sea from 16 August 2018, the UK Club said citing information by Huatai. Following this, the waters of East China Sea, Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea will see the ban lifted in September.
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