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Fishing Vessel Safety, Loss Prevention


Year: 2014
Language: english
Author: The Shipowners’ Club
Genre: Guide
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 40
Description: Fishing is the most dangerous job in the world. In 1999, the International Labour Organization
estimated that 24,000 fatalities occurred worldwide in capture fisheries each year1. The
consequences of these fatalities have a huge impact on the families and dependants
of the unfortunate seamen.
There have been many studies carried out over the years showing that fatalities on fishing
vessels remain a real threat. This is reiterated by the claims incidents reported to the Club
that historically show personal injury/illness as the area with the most reported cases.
These events are often of a nature that could have easily resulted in death.
Fishermen must remember that fishing vessels are moving, often with wet platforms and
therefore the risk associated with any task will dramatically increase. The decks of a fishing
vessel are very busy with many pieces of equipment such as ropes, wires, nets and shackles
being utilised simultaneously.
This publication does not seek to fully inform the skipper and their crews about all on board
safety requirements (including the safety aspects involved with different methods of fishing).
Instead, it hopes to highlight areas that, from the Club’s experience, contribute to crew
members becoming more safety aware, as well as assisting members of crew to recognise
the dangers for themselves.

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