MCA CONSULTATION ON A REVISED CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE SAFETY OF FISHING VESSELS

MCA Consultation on a proposed Small Fishing Vessel Code of Practice

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.

Information on the consultation can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-a-revised-code-of-practice-for-the-safety-of-fishing-vessels-of-less-than-15m-length-overall

The consultation document can be downloaded here: https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/EcCgsd0X7XxEp9vw6ZtJZbMBMcKvk25s1pXLyMrveikAdw

The response form (Appendix A) can be downloaded here: https://welshfishermansassociation.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/EabowJu95DhKrevi0YOWGIUBPXbrnE7EcRSo2ANlWmHMUQ

Please email your consultation response form (Appendix A) to: fishing@mcga.gov.uk

The WFA will be submitting a response however, we would encourage everyone to respond directly to the MCA - fishing@mcga.gov.uk before the 8th November 2020 when the consultation closes.

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: