DMA: “Unidentified leak sank Josephine E”

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Sep 032010

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.

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Scots Scalloper Scalping Seafarers?

 Accident, Accident report, accident reporting, fishing  Comments Off on Scots Scalloper Scalping Seafarers?
Aug 312010

Olivia Jean - keeping the pressgang alive

Look past the UK Maritime Accident Investigation Branch’s comment “From the state of the vessel, and the way in which it was being operated, it could be construed that the owner (of the Annan, Scotland-based scalloper Olivia Jean) was showing a total disregard for the safety and welfare of his employees and share-fishermen on board” and its criticism of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency “In the case of Olivia Jean, the MCA’s ability to establish and impose the regulations has been ineffective, and the owner was able to operate the vessel in flagrant breach of existing regulations” and one comes across just a hint of the dreadful and abusive conditions that applied on the vessels of Olivia Jean Ltd and TN Trawlers.

Set aside the painful hour a seafarer with ribs broken by a parted trawl wire and, at the time, undetermined internal injuries, had to wait until assistance was called for, an the appalling lack of concern for safety, read this extract:

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