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Safety Training for Fish Harvesters, by Fish Harvesters

As part of a five-year action plan, the Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA) is rolling out safety designate training for fish harvesters. “One of the things when we developed our strategic plan was fishing vessel safety designate training,” said NL-FHSA Executive Director Brenda Greenslade. “The training has been approved and we’re in the process of making it available to harvesters. So, the first thing we have to do is test it because it’s ...

Icebreaking in the Atlantic – Successes, Challenges and Words of Caution

  Brad Durnford left Bay D’Espoir, Newfoundland and Labrador, when he was 17 and started at the Canadian Coast Guard College. Durnford has been with the Coast Guard now for 29 years. He’s the ice superintendent for the Atlantic Region, which encompasses Newfoundland and Labrador (N.L.), Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and half of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. From December to June, icebreakers and hovercrafts operate along Canada’s east coast from Newfound...

Miss Ally Tragedy Remembered

A decade has passed since the Miss Ally and her crew of five young fishermen from Shelburne County were lost to the sea during a bitter, winter North Atlantic storm. The Miss Ally was on her way from a halibut fishing trip on Feb. 17, 2013 when it ran into trouble approximately 120 kilometres southeast of Liverpool. Waves higher than 10 metres and hurricane-force winds were battering the 45-foot fishing vessel. The emergency locator beacon activated at 11:06 p.m. The Canadian Coast Guard ...

Several Factors Led to Chief William Saulis Sinking, Concluded TSB

The lack of a formal stability vessel assessment and insufficient information in the vessel operations and safety manual have been identified as two contributing factors in the sinking of the scallop dragger, the Chief William Saulis on Dec. 15, 2020, stated the Transportation Safety Board (TSB). “Our investigation identified several key factors that contributed to this accident,” said TSB senior investigator Pearse Flynn, during a news conference in Halifax on March 23. “The Chief ...

Why We Need to Refocus on Being Safe at Sea

Measuring the true cost of not being safe at sea is not an easy task. There are many factors to consider, but I can tell you when you do calculate the total cost the answer every time is that it’s too much. Since December 2020, eight fish harvesters have died in Nova Scotia. The entire crew of the F/V Chief William Saulis, the captain of the F/V Miss Janet and most recently a crew member from the F/V Mucktown Girl. I don’t know about you, but reflecting on those statistics gives ...

Fish Safe NS Adds Mobile Training Unit and New Programs

Above: Fish Safe NS has added a mobile training unit to its tool chest for promotion and support of all things safety in the Nova Scotia fishing industry. The mobile training is used when Fish Safe NS is doing wharf visits and man overboard drills. Contributed   Splashes of Safety Celebration Returning in 2022 After a Two-Year Absence   A mobile training unit, a new Safety Equipment and Training Subsidy Program and a mental health and wellness initiative have been rolled ...

Major Modifications and Stability

No two vessels’ stability characteristics are the same. Some vessels have similar stability but the stability of one vessel is never identical to another. Even so-called “sister” vessels will likely have different stability features. The specifics of a vessel’s stability are determined by aspects such as hull form, displacement, freeboard, centre of gravity and vessel operations. For fishing vessels, operations would include such things as amount of fishing gear carried, where it ...

2019 Fatal Sinking of Captain Jim Attributed to Compromised Stability

Regulatory Surveillance by TC Didn’t Identify Vessel Modifications that Affected Stability and Watertight Integrity   The installation of freeing ports during a refit on the undecked Captain Jim’s hull is what led to the fatal sinking of the vessel in Halifax Harbour in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2019, concluded a Transportation Safety Board (TSB) investigation released last fall and corrected in February. “After the publication of this report, the TSB obtained ...

Project Aims to Save Lives by Making PLBs Accessible to N.L. Fish Harvesters

Fish harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador are celebrating an important project that aims to make personal locator beacons (PLBs) accessible to all fish harvesters in the province. A collaboration between the Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA), Fish Harvesters’ Resource Centre (FRC), Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board (PFHCB) and the Fish Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) will subsidize costs, making PLBs available to fish ...

Locator Beacons Help Take the “Search” Out of Search and Rescue

Above: Crewmembers from the Canadian Coast Guard’s search and rescue station in Burgeo on board the CCGS Cape Edensaw. CCG submitted photos   In July, 2021, two men found themselves in distress while sailing from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland and Labrador. They were 30 nautical miles south of La Poile, on Newfoundland’s south coast, when their 38-foot sailboat began taking on water. Mark Gould remembers that July afternoon very well. Gould is the regional supervisor ...