fishing vessels

Fishing for safety video: Why SMS is important in fishery

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.

IMO: Progress made towards review of STCW-F Code

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 Coastguard: How to comply with ILO 188 for fishermen

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 SDC 6: Polar safety measures for fishing vessels and yachts

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.

UK MAIB: Safety lessons learned from fishing vessel sinking

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, Pew Charitable Trust raise awareness for Cape Town Agreement

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.

Vancouver port extends voluntary slowdown period for tier 2 vessels

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.

Annual fishing ban lifted in South China Sea from 16 August

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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