Marine Search and Rescue Takes a Team
Above: The MRSC St. John’s is located at the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic regional headquarters
On Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at 1:52 a.m., Howard Power got a call that lasted only minutes, but will stay with him for a long time.
Power could hear the panic in the voice on the other end. It was a distress call from a vessel taking on water.
“I could tell from his voice there was something wrong. You get the tone of their voice after a while. He started yelling ‘Mayday ...
Recurring Safety Deficiencies Identified in TSB Report on 2018 Atlantic Sapphire Sinking
Many of the safety issues identified in the investigation of the Atlantic Sapphire sinking are known and recurrent in the fishing industry, says the Transportation Safety Board (TSB).
The Atlantic Sapphire, out of Lower West Pubnico, was fishing the Georges Bank when it sank on Dec. 13, 2018. The crew of three were rescued by the Angelo O, also out of Lower West Pubnico, which was fishing nearby.
“The investigation found that the vessel was operating beyond its stability limits. When ...
PFDs: The Most Talked About Safety Topic in the Industry
Above: Participants in a FSANS safety training exercise. FSANS photo
While it appears that more and more fish harvesters are wearing personal flotation devices (PFDs) when on the water, there is still a way to go in getting the safety message out and improvements to the life saving device.
In both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, provincial labour regulations stipulate that PFDs must be worn if there is a risk of drowning, applying not only to the fishing industry, ...
Stability Assessments: Your Best Option for Vessel Safety
Stability is an ongoing topic of discussion in the fishing industry.
Knowing about the stability characteristics and limitations of your vessel is probably the single most important safety consideration for any vessel owner. Most vessel owners and operators have a reasonable understanding of stability, but the value of having a stability analysis completed for your vessel cannot be overstated.
Vessel operators with years of experience on a particular boat certainly have the skill and ...
NL-FHSA About to Release Five-Year Strategic Plan
Above: Photo by CCGA
A five-year strategic plan being released this spring by the Newfoundland and Labrador-Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA) will build on the foundation of further enhancing the safety culture in the fish harvesting industry.
“It’s a pretty comprehensive plan,” said Brenda Greenslade, executive director of the NL-FHSA in an interview.
“It covers a number of areas, but the framework for it is that we’re building on the foundation. We ...
Duffy Takes the Helm of the FSANS
Above: The Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS) has ensured safety posters are prevalent on wharves throughout Nova Scotia as a reminder for fishermen to work safely. FSANS PHOTOS
EPIRB Registration, New Mobile Training Unit and Recognition of Safety Champions on Radar
COVID-19 hasn’t stopped the Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS) from continuing its work to help make the fishing industry more safety conscious and aware.
While the ...
Additional PFD Options on the Horizon
Industry Input Being Sought Through Online Survey
New harmonized standards for personal flotation devices (PFDs), lifejackets and lifejacket components, and throwable lifesaving devices means more options of personal lifesaving appliances are on the horizon for the fishing industry.
“We do know there are changes being made right now. Some of them are good changes that some folks in the fishing industry will like, but not all the changes we want to see… we get a lot of verbal PFD ...
Risk = Probability x Impact
Safety is the theme for this month’s issue of The Navigator.
But safety is a concern because of risk. The fishery is widely regarded as being the riskiest occupation in the world.
The risks have even been the subject of reality television shows, such as Deadliest Catch, about the crab fishery in Alaska. When the risks in your industry are offered to the public as a form of entertainment, to provide a vicarious thrill, it is not a good sign.
Risk can be assessed based on the simple ...
Appropriate Technical Support is an Essential Part of Vessel Construction
When designing a new vessel or modifying an existing one, the starting point to ensuring safety is to work with competent persons that have the relevant skills, experience and education.
There are many experienced and talented boatbuilders throughout Atlantic Canada — we just seem to have a knack for it in this region.
Boatbuilders could be individuals that grew up around boatbuilding because of a family history in the industry. Boatbuilders could also be carpenters that became involved ...
A Decade of Promoting Safety in Nova Scotia’s Fishery
The Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS) is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020.
“We’re hoping to incorporate the 10th year anniversary into a few events throughout the year, including Splashes of Safety, but right now because of COVID-19 everything has kind of hit a pause,” said Matthew Duffy, safety advisor for the FSANS.
He said once the COVID-19 all-clear comes, the FSANS plans to conduct man overboard drills during the spring along the Eastern Shore, all ...