MCA Guidance for Fishing Vessels
The MCA have released a number of guides to help with safety on fishing vessels, particularly with regard to the new regulations associated with ILO 188.
It is important to note that these are just guides and do not replace M-notices where the law is concerned, but they are very good for helping you understand the requirements.
For the full details of the regulations concerning the safety of fishing vessels you will need to consult the relevant M-notices which have been handily grouped together by the MCA and can be found here. (Updated 21st April 2021)
Fishermen's Safety Guide - Updated 1st May 2020
This guide will help you identify hazards, assess risks and put in place control measures.
It is not intended to be a definitive guide, but to help you to conduct risk assessments and to improve safety on your vessel.
Fishing Vessel Surveys And Inspections
Use this guide to help prepare for a survey. It explains what the surveyor will be looking at during the ‘out of water’ and ‘on board’ survey.
Find out what things you can check before the survey or inspection so that you can identify and solve problems beforehand.
Full details of the regulations can be found here (Updated 7th June 2021)
The form to apply for an inspection, MSF 5100, can be found here.
Single Handed Fishing
By reading this document alongside the new Fishermen’s Safety Guide , it will help you identify hazards, assess risks and put in place control measures.
It is not intended to be a definitive guide but to help you to conduct risk assessments and to improve safety on your vessel.
All of these publications can be ordered as hard copies, either by following the link on each relevant page, or by clicking here
Fishing Vessel Stability Guidance
This booklet is written in two sections.Part 1 is aimed at everyone, from the crew member to the skipper, the owner and anyone involved in the management and operation of the vessel.
It provides simple information on the basics of stability, the risks and hazards and what action you can take to ensure the vessel stays safe.
Part 2 is aimed at skippers and is intended to provide greater detail on the more advanced concepts of stability.
A simple guide to fitting a hydrostatic release unit correctly, making sure your liferaft will float free when you need it too.