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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...

Abandoned and Wrecked Boats A Marine Hazard

The federal government estimates there are more than 600 abandoned vessels, ranging from commercial ships to recreational boats, littering Canada’s waterways and harbours. Each of them can pose a safety risk to recreational boating and commercial vessel operators, become navigational hazards, pollute marine environments or cause significant removal costs and clean up. The Marine Institute is working with Transport Canada, as part of its $1.3-million commitment to remove abandoned boats, ...

Protecting Atlantic Canada’s Waters

Maritime Safety and the Marine Environment Get a Major Boost from the Oceans Protection Plan Canada has the longest coastline of any nation in the world. At more than 243,000 kilometres, that’s almost 50 times the distance between St. John’s and Vancouver. For the people who live and work on this coastline, the Canadian Coast Guard is an important part of the communities they call home. Coast Guard crews operate across Canada in an area of about 2.3 million square nautical miles, and ...

The End of a Dream – Part II

Last month we told you about Mackenzie’s Dream a 65-foot fishing vessel out of Bay de Verde, Newfoundland that caught fire nearly 200 kilometres offshore in May 2005. The crew was largely made up of one family. Captain Edwin Noonan was accompanied by his wife Anne, sons Shane and Edwin Jr (Neddy), daughter Melinda and Anne’s nephew Brendan Broderick. The only non-family member was Darin Rose. When flames in the ship’s stack began to spread to several areas of the vessel, it was time to ...

2018: A Below Average Year for Ice

After experiencing several recent hard springs battling heavy ice, it looks like most fishermen will be catching a break this year. At a recent technical briefing in St. John’s, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) reported that ice conditions are far more favourable than in the last years — when heavy ice delayed fishing seasons and damaged valuable vessels and gear. Trevor Hodgson, CCG icebreaking superintendent for the Atlantic region said while ice conditions were heavy last year in ...

Navigate Safely: Keep Water Out of Service Tanks

Over the last few years, we have seen significant changes take place in the marine industry. Increased traffic, variation in fuel prices and emerging technologies have all impacted the way we navigate our waterways. What hasn’t changed is the need to navigate safely, which remains a top of mind priority. Recent Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) investigations have highlighted a safety issue with respect to engine room practices aboard ships, more specifically regarding fuel ...