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Monday, 23 October 2017

New Safety Rules - Code of Practice for Safety of Small Fishing Vessels

This Notice provides a Code of Practice for the Safety of Small Fishing Vessels of less than 15m Length Overall, replacing MSN 1813. It takes into account MAIB investigation findings.





The main changes from MSN 1813 are:


  • Liferafts required on open vessels of 7m Registered Length (L) to less than 15m (LOA) and decked vessels of 7m (L) to less than 10m (L), to come into force on 23 October 2019 for existing vessels only, new vessels must comply immediately;
  • Vessels built prior to 16 July 2007 newly entering the fishing industry must have a Certifying Authority Survey prior to registration and MCA Inspections of the vessel are required at change of ownership;
  • Emergency drills are now required;
  • Radar Reflectors are now to be fitted to all vessels;
  • Bilge Alarms required for Open vessels (7m (L) -15m Length Overall (LOA));
  • Certificates to be issued for Small Fishing Vessels;
  • Substantial modifications, fitting of new gear or changes to the mode of fishing to be approved by MCA prior to work taking place;
  • EPIRBs with a built in GPS receiver capable of transmitting the position to a satellite are required all vessels of 10m (L) and over. Vessels less than 10m may have PLBs with a GPS receiver for each crew member or an EPIRB with a built in GPS receiver. EPIRB and PLB requirements to come into force on 23 October 2019 for existing vessels only, new vessels must comply immediately;
  • Stability requirements for new or significantly modified vessels of 12m (L) – 15m (LOA)
  • Carbon Monoxide Monitors for vessels with enclosed spaces which contains a fired cooking or heating appliance or where engine exhausts penetrate those spaces. The Code strongly recommends fishermen wear Personal Flotation Devices.

THE CODE ALSO PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR OWNERS AND SKIPPERS OF VESSELS OF LESS THAN 12M ON HOW TO ASSESS THE STABILITY OF THEIR VESSEL.