month : 04/2019 35 results

PFDs: A Regulatory Disconnect

On September 5, 2015, the fishing vessel Caledonian capsized 20 nautical miles west of Nootka Sound, British Columbia. At the time, the vessel was trawling for hake with four crew members onboard. Following the capsizing, the master and mate climbed onto the overturned hull and remained there for several hours. When the vessel eventually sank, the master and mate abandoned it and the mate swam toward and boarded the life raft. The Canadian Coast Guard subsequently rescued the mate and ...

The Twine Loft – May 2019

Passed On: Robert Comeau – Meteghan Centre, N.S. machinist Comeau, 86, passed away on March 3 at home. Born in Meteghan River, he was a son of the late Albenie and Marguerite (Melanson) Comeau. He joined the army on August 4, 1950 where he trained at Camp Borden and afterwards in Petawawa with the 1st Battalion R.C.R. He was awarded his Paratroopers Wings on Jan. 26, 1951 in Rivers, Manitoba. Robert served in Korea from March 1952–March 1953. He was awarded the U.N. Medal, Korean Medal and ...

On the Waterfront – May 2019

Bayfield Fishing Accident Claims Two Lives The Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation in Nova Scotia is in mourning after an April 8 fishing accident that claimed two lives from the close-knit community. Ozzy Clair and Niko Clair, both in their late 20s, have been identified as the victims of the incident involving a capsized 16-foot fishing boat. Nova Scotia RCMP say that at approximately 3 p.m. on April 8, officers responded to a 911 call indicating that a boat had capsized near Bayfield, N.S. and ...

Fishermen Appear to be Onboard with New TC Safety Regulations

Transport Canada says there is a stable compliance rate within the fishing industry with the Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations that came into force on July 13, 2017. “Since the regulations came into effect, there has been 2,270 inspections of small fishing vessels less than 24.4 metres or 150 gross tonnage (across Canada). A stable compliance rate has been noted, so no penalties have been issued for non-compliance with any of the new requirements of the Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations,...

When You’re in Peril on the High Seas — What Happens Behind the Scenes?

Above: A Canadian Armed Forces CH-149 Cormorant helicopter conducts the rescue of a four-person crew in a 15-metre sailboat about 240 nautical miles southeast of Halifax on December 18, 2018. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Summerside and Glace Bay were sailing home from deployment when the rescue call came in. Photo: © 2018 DND-MDN Canada Something has gone wrong on your vessel in the North Atlantic. The seas are rough, the weather is uncompromising. You call for help over Coast ...

Risks and Risk Management

Fishing vessels are places of work. But they present safety hazards unlike those of most other places of work. They are on water, rather than land and can be a considerable distance from land or other potential sources of shelter or assistance, should they be needed. Vessels react to atmospheric and ocean conditions, moving in different directions as they pitch, roll and yaw. Space on a vessel is expensive, limited and usually well-utilized, often requiring people to live and work in ...

N.S. Fisheries, Trucking Safety Associations Partner on New Initiative

The Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS) and the Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association have partnered on a new initiative aimed at reducing the number of back injuries in the workplace. The back injury prevention program was rolled out this spring with a television commercial to raise awareness and to divert people to make the call or check out the FSANS website about it. “The trucking and fishing industries are intertwined,” said Matt Duffy, safety advisor for the ...

Third Time Unlucky – Part II

Boat repairs created problems for fishing skipper Kenneth Hickey in 2015. His 45-foot vessel DSL Enterprises needed upgrading, but the work was taking longer than anticipated and by mid-June, Kenneth was worried whether he’d be able to catch his snow crab quota before the season ended in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland at the end of June. His wife Madeline was the registered owner of a second enterprise that included a 45-foot vessel, but government rules prevented Kenneth from using the second ...

Student-Designed Lifejacket With Built-in Tracking System Unveiled

A draft prototype of a smart lifejacket designed for people working in the marine industry was recently unveiled at the University of New Brunswick’s Engineering Design Symposium. The LifeTrack Outlast lifejacket, which is an automatically inflating, low-profile life vest with a built-in tracking device, was designed by fourth-year engineering students Amy Andrews, Bridget McCloskey, Kaitlin MacIsaac and Phoenix Bard-Cavers through UNB’s Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (TME) ...

Vessel Stability Analysis, Guidelines and Procedures

A stability analysis is one of the best procedures owners and operators of fishing vessels can undertake to ensure the safety of their vessel and crew. This analysis will help the captain and crew understand the operational limits of the vessel as it relates to fishing gear and catch. Transport Canada recently released a Ship Safety Bulletin regarding stability. The bulletin offers basic safety guidelines as well as the expected obligations of vessel owners and operators. The inform...