Ireland’s MCIB issued an investigation report on a fatal accident involving the fishing vessel ‘Fv Julie Eleanor’ in Galway Bay, in November 2017. The report stressed that the vessel did not comply with safety regulations and that the fisher onboard did not wear a PFD.
In light of the recently-published investigation into the fatal capsizing of the fishing vessel ‘Laura Jane’ off Plymouth in May 2018, the UK MAIB issued a safety flyer with valuable safety lessons learned for the fishing industry, stressing risks associated with vessel overloading and poor stability assessment.
UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the fatal overboard incident from the fishing vessel ‘North Star’, after a crewman had his leg entangled in the fishing gear and was dragged overboard. The investigation found that the vessel’s documented risk controls did not reflect the operational practice onboard, and that the crew underestimated the risks associated with a crewman becoming entangled in the back rope.
On 12 November 2017, a deckhand on the fishing vessel Illustris entered the water after probably falling overboard. He had spent the afternoon and evening ashore and had just returned to the vessel. Although the deckhand’s fall was not witnessed, postmortem examination report indicated high level of alcohol.
According to Maritime New Zealand, crew fatigue caused the grounding and loss of commercial fishing vessel ‘Jan’ and its owner, Wild Fish (NZ) Limited, being fined $27,200 following prosecution by Maritime NZ. The 17-year-old deckhand, fell asleep soon after going on watch.
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.
On the aftermath of the sinking of the fishing vessel ‘Destination’ with loss of six crewmembers, the NTSB issued a safety alert highlighting how icing can dangerously degrade a vessel’s stability. The investigation showed that the vessel likely capsized at night in rough seas and gale force winds due to topside ice accumulation.
On the occasion of the release of the report on the ‘Varuna’ fatality earlier this week, UK MAIB summarized key lessons learned to prevent similar accidents in the future. Main points for consideration include the lack of life-saving equipment which could have increased the chances of survival for the vessel’s lone skipper.
TAIC issued an investigation report on the sinking of the fishing vessel ‘Francie’ in inclement weather off Kaipara Harbour in November 2016, which killed eight people. TAIC highlighted that the eight passengers would have better chances of survival, had they wearing life-jackets in accordance with maritime safety rules.
UK MAIB analyzed the flooding of a fishing vessel while underway and the rescue of its two crew by an RNLI lifeboat. The investigation revealed that the weight and location of the fish catch can significantly affect the vessel’s stability. The fishermen were uninjured and the actions of the RNLI crew prevented the potter sinking.
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