The Shipowners Club said it has encountered eight damage to property claims allegedly caused by the snagging of fishing gear on subsea cables over the last two years. The quantum of such claims is invariably high, sometimes reaching into millions of dollars.
The New Zealand’s national regulatory, compliance and response agency for the safety, security and environmental protection of coastal and inland waterways, MaritimeNZ, reminds operators of New Zealand that they must install float-free EPIRB distress beacons on commercial fishing vessels by 1 January 2019. The regulation applies to vessels between 7.5 meters and 24 meters operating outside enclosed waters.
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.
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.
On the occasion of the Maritime Safety Week, the Shipowners Club issued its fishing vessel safety booklet, summarizing key safety tips for one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. There have been many studies carried out over the years showing that fatalities on fishing vessels remain a real threat.
On the occasion of the investigation on the flooding and sinking of the fishing vessel ‘Ocean Way’ in March 2017, the UK MAIB issued a safety message to the fishing industry about developing and practising potential coping strategies in an emergency such as major flooding.
Fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the UK. This hazardous job is made difficult by the 100,000 kilometres of cables and pipelines and 4,000 surface and subsea structures that lie off the coast of the UK and northern Europe. These obstacles are dangerous for fishing vessels, as the compromise fishing gear or lead to collisions.
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