Notice to all designers, builder, owners, employers, skippers and crew of fishing vessels.
This Notice provides a code of safe working practice for the construction and use of 15m
length overall (LOA) to less than 24m registered length (L) vessels and replaces MSN 1770.
The main changes to the code are as follows:
Substantial modifications or alterations carried out to the structure or machinery of a vessel to be notified to MCA prior to work taking place;
If vessels are using shore power while the crew are living aboard this should not affect the early warning safety detection systems;
The code also strongly recommends that fishermen wear a personal flotation device whilst working on the open deck.
A new annex 4 which replicates the requirements of the Fishing Vessel (Safety Provisions) Rules 1975 that “existing vessels” need to comply with.
The code also clarifies that EPIRBs shall be capable of transmitting the position obtained
from a built-in GPS receiver to a satellite.