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Josephine E

Denmark’s Maritime Authority, DMA, has recommended that the The Danish Fishermen’s Occupational Health Services in co-operation with the Danish Maritime Authority carry out a targeted campaign towards wooden fishing vessels that are  occasionally is used catching fish cto be processed industrially focussing on  the special hazards involved. The recommendation follows the  sinking of FV Josephine E.

Josephine E is a wooden fishing vessel with a tonnage of 19.97 BRT. It was built in 1963.

On its way back to port after trawling for trash fish a drastic ingress of water was observed in the engine room. Shortly after the vessel sank on 21 metres of water.

After the foundering the two fishermen on board were rescued by another trawler.

The Division for Investigation of Maritime Accidents concludes that:

A cause contributing to the foundering was an unidentified leakage in the engine room.

The reason to the foundering was loss of buoyancy and stability due to ingress of water in the engine room. The fact that vessel ship sank with the stem first indicates that the vessel had a loss of buoyancy in the forepart of the vessel due to an unknown reason.

Recommendations
The Division for Investigation of Maritime Accidents has recommended The Danish Fishermen’s Occupational Health Services in co-operation with the Danish Maritime Authority to carry out a targeted campaign towards wooden fishing vessels that occasionally is used for catching fish caught to be processed industrially. The effort shall focus on the special hazards connected to catching fish meant to be processed industrially.

A full report is available in Danish.

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