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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The WFA will be submitting a response however, we would encourage everyone to respond directly to the MCA - email@example.com before the 8th November 2020 when the consultation closes.
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: