Research and analysis

Safety lessons: what to do if your fishing vessel catches fire

A safety message to the fishing industry on fire prevention, detection and the benefits of regular emergency drills for rapid and controlled abandonment if required.



A summary of the fire and subsequent sinking of the twin-rig prawn trawler Karinya (FR 699) in the Moray Firth, Scotland on 4 October 2015, highlighting key findings from the investigation.

The information has been prepared for members of the:

  • fishing industry

Further information

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident and is available to download from the reports section of this website.

Further useful information is also contained in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s fishermen’s safety guide.

Published 14 April 2016