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Consultation on a revised code of practice for the safety of fishing vessels of less than 15m length overall

Consultation on a revised code of practice for the safety of fishing vessels of less than 15m length overall Published 17 August 2020 Last updated 14 August 2020. 


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This consultation requests comments on the proposed revision of the code of practice for the safety of fishing vessels of less than 15m length overall, replacing MSN 1871 Amendment No.1. 

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 8 November 2020 

Consultation description In the last 10 years, there have been 46 fatalities on small fishing vessels which have resulted in several recommendations from the Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) to improve safety. Some of these came into force in 2017 with the introduction of a new code, MSN 1871. MSN 1871 

Amendment No.1 currently contains requirements for life saving appliances, detecting flooding, construction of new fishing vessels, stability of new fishing vessels of 12m and over, crew accommodation and modifications to vessels. To address the remaining recommendations, the MCA have developed a new code of practice for small fishing vessels, proposing new requirements for new and existing vessels in the following areas: 

The new code proposed new requirements relating to: 
  • Construction, watertight and weather-tight integrity for all vessels 
  • Stability for new and existing vessels of all sizes 
  • Machinery for all vessels 
  • Electrical installations for all vessels 
  • Crew protection 
  • Man overboard recovery In and out of water inspections