Friday, 20 September 2019

Small fishing vessels - MCA roadshow

Photo credit: Geoffrey Lee (Planefocus)
Over the last 10 years, 46 people have died on fishing vessels of less than 15m, so the MAIB have made several recommendations to improve safety and make the water a safer place for all fishermen.

To address some of these recommendations, the MCA have been developing a new Code of Practice for Small Fishing Vessels.

The Code proposes new requirements for all vessels in:

  • Construction, watertight and weathertight integrity
  • Stability
  • Machinery
  • Electrical installations
  • Crew protection
  • Man overboard recovery
  • In and out of water inspections

MCA roadshow

The MCA is hosting a roadshow around the UK to answer questions and help get the fishing community up to speed with existing requirements and proposed changes.

Ports the MCA intend to visit are listed below. Keep an eye on the list to find out when the MCA will be visiting a location near you – full details including venues, dates and times will be updated here, but please check back nearer the time of your event to confirm final details as they could change.

Northern Ireland
Ballycastle: Friday 8 November, 1pm start: Ballycastle Harbour Offices, 5 Bayview Road, Ballycastle, BT54 6BT
Kilkeel: Friday 15 November, 1pm start: Kilkeel Bowling Club, Mourne Esplanade, Kilkeel, Newry, BT34 4AU

Aberystwyth: Thursday 17 October, 10am to 1pm: The Boat House, South Marine Terrace, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1JY
Holyhead: Wednesday 16 October, 10am to 1pm: Holyhead Sailing Club, Newry Beach, Holyhead, LL65 1BD
Milford Haven: Friday 18 October, 10am to 1pm: F Shed Food Grade Unit 1, The Docks, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 3AF
Swansea: Monday 9 December, 1pm to 4pm: Swansea Sea Cadet Unit, Ajax, Swansea, SA1 1UN

Boston: Thursday 7 November, 10am to 1pm: Black Sluice Lock Cottages, South Forty Foot Bank, London Rd, Boston, PE21 7RA
Bridlington: Wednesday 6 November, 10am to 1pm: Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, Gummers Wharf, West End, Bridlington, YO15 3AN
Brixham: Monday 2 December, 11am to 2pm: Brixham Trawler Agents, New Fish Quay, Brixham, TQ5 8AW
Fleetwood: Friday 18 October, 10am to 1pm: RNLI Station, The Esplanade, Fleetwood, FY7 6DN
Hartlepool: Tuesday 5 November, 10am to 1pm: Hartlepool Fish Co Ltd, Fish Quay, Victoria Dock, Hartlepool, TS24 0JH
Hastings: Tuesday 29 October, 3pm to 6pm: East Hastings Sea Angling Association, The Stade, Rock-A-Nore Rd, Hastings, TN34 3FJ
Lowestoft: Friday 8 November, 10am to 1pm: Stella Maris Hall, Gordon Rd, Lowestoft, NR32 1DR
Mevagissey: Thursday 5 December, 11:30am to 2:30pm: Mevagissey Social Club, Jetty St, Mevagissey, Saint Austell, PL26 6UH
Newlyn: Friday 6 December, 10am to 1pm: Newlyn Pier & Harbour Commissioners, Harbour Office, Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5HW
North Shields: Monday 4 November, 11am to 2pm: Tynemouth Lifeboat Station, Eastern Jetty, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 1JA
Plymouth: Tuesday 3 December, 10am to 1pm: Auction room, Plymouth Trawler agents, New Fish Market, Fish Quay, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, PL4 0LH
Poole: Wednesday 30 October, 3pm to 6pm: Poole Port North Lounge, New Harbour Road S, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4AJ
Portsmouth: Wednesday 30 October, 10am to 1pm: Fountain Lake Angling Club, Whale Island Way, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 8EB
Ramsgate: Tuesday 29 October, 10am to 1pm: RNLI Western Crosswall, Ramsgate Royal Harbour, Ramsgate, CT11 9RN
Weymouth: Monday 14 October, 6pm to 9pm: Weymouth Angling Society, Commercial Road, Weymouth, DT4 8NF 

Dunbar: TBC
Mallaig: Wednesday 30 October, 1pm to 4pm: RNLI Station, The Harbour, Mallaig, PH41 4PX
Oban: Tuesday 29 October, 4pm to 7pm: RNLI Office, South Pier House, Oban, PA34 4LS
Pittenweem: TBC
Tarbert Loch Fyne: Tuesday 29 October, 10am to 12:30pm: Templars Hall, Campbeltown Road, Tarbert, PA29 6SX
Troon: Monday 28 October, 1pm to 4pm: RNLI Station, Fish Dock, Troon, Ayrshire, KA10 6UZ
Ullapool: Thursday 31 October, 10:30am to 1.30pm: Ullapool Ferry Terminal Shore Street, Ullapool, IV26 2UH