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Shetland Fish Producers’ Organisation

The Shetland Seafood Centre,
Stewart Building,
Lerwick,
Shetland,
United Kingdom
ZE1 0LL

T. +44 (0)1595 693197
E.

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Shetland Fishermen’s Association

The Shetland Seafood Centre,
Stewart Building,
Lerwick,
Shetland,
United Kingdom
ZE1 0LL

T. +44 (0)1595 693197
E.

Safety at Sea

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

MAIB’s Safety Digest Volume 1/2017 - Part 2 covers fishing vessel incidents (Case 15 – 22)

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/605510/MAIBSafetyDigest1-17.pdf

MAIB’s Safety Digest Volume 2/2017 - Part 2 covers fishing vessel incidents (Case 15 – 21)

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/648760/MAIBSD2-17.pdf

Hard copy versions of the Digest are available in the office.  If you would like a copy please get in touch.

 

The following link gives information on refresher training in sea survival, firefighting, first aid, and safety awareness

http://www.seafish.org/training/seagoing-training/fishing/refresher-training

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Listen again to the programme on 'Safety at Sea' by Radio Shetland's Jane Moncrieff...

www.soundcloud.com/bbcradioshetland/safety-at-sea

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The Marine Accident Investigations Branch regularly publish accident reports, please use the link below to access their publications: -

http://www.maib.gov.uk/publications/index.cfm

You can subscribe to receive these publications by email, complete the free subscription by using this link: -

www.maib.gov.uk/publications/email_alert_subscriptions.cfm 

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Coll fishermen tells how wearing a Personal Flotation Device saved his life

An Isle of Coll fisherman has told for the first time how his life was saved by wearing a Personal Flotation Device and is now urging all fishermen the importance of wearing such equipment at all times.

Dougie Brown was fishing off Coll on his vessel Seafarer III when he fell overboard after trying to clear a snagged rope. Luckily, Dougie had made the conscious decision many years ago to improve his chances of survival should he fall into the water by wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD).

As soon as he slipped into the sea, Dougie’s PFD automatically inflated and brought him back to the surface. The buoyancy provided by the PFD gave him time to concentrate his thoughts on his surroundings and he quickly spotted the leader buoy, managed to grab hold of the rope and pulled himself back to the boat.  

Dougie is in no doubt that he wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for his PFD. “I am certain that without that buoyancy I wouldn’t have had the presence of mind to look around and grab the buoy rope as my attention would otherwise have been engaged in frantically trying to remain afloat and losing vital body heat and energy in the process,” he says.

Dougie had the foresight to grasp the message that the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is currently promoting in its campaign to encourage every fisherman in Scotland to wear a life saving device - “wear your PFD; it will give you a second chance”.  Under the initiative, the SFF is offering every fisherman with the correct mandatory certification a free PFD.

Derek Cardno SFF Safety Officer says: “Dougie’s story is one of many around the UK where fishermen have been given a second chance because they have been wearing a PFD. More and more fishermen are wearing a PFD while working on deck but there still remains much work to be done.

“As an industry we need to change and to make it safer. A safer industry will not only benefit those who are already in fishing but it will have a huge bearing  when trying to attract young people into one of the most dynamic jobs in the world.”

The SFF-led free PFD initiative has funding available for the supply of up to 5,000 PFDs and is supported by Marine Scotland, RNLI, RNMDSF, Ocean Safety and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. It is funded by the European Fisheries Fund, Scottish Fishermen’s Trust and the UK Fisheries Offshore Oil and Gas Legacy Trust Fund. 

The SFF is urging as many fishermen skippers as possible to visit their stand at the Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2014 on 30 and 31 May to find out more about their free PFD initiative.

Dougie’s full story can be read on the SFF website at: www.sff.co.uk

 

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On 8 June 2013 an exercise was carried out off Shetland to test the 'Man over Board Guardian' system, which has saved many fishermen's lives since it was introduced 6 years ago.  

A full report on the exercise can be viewed via the following link: -

Exercise Guardian

 

APPLICATIONS FOR FREE LIFEJACKETS 

IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY APPLIED FOR YOUR FREE LIFEJACKET YOU CAN STILL DO SO - click on our 'Free Lifejackets for all Scottish Fishermen' page.

IF YOU HAVE APPLIED FOR A FREE PFD BUT HAVE NOT BEEN TO EITHER OF THE RECENT ROADSHOWS TO COLLECT IT, PLEASE CONTACT THE FISHERY OFFICE, ALEXANDRA BUILDING, LERWICK (TEL: 01595 692007) WHO HAVE BEEN TASKED TO DISTRUBUTE THESE.