Research and analysis

Safety lessons: modifications to your vessel can reduce stability

A safety message to the fishing industry highlighting the importance of seeking professional advice before making modifications to a vessel.


MAIB safety flyer issued May 2005

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


This safety message concerns the loss of 4 lives on fishing vessel Chelaris J. Alterations to the vessel had reduced its stability such that it lost the ability to right itself when its gear became snagged on a sandbank. The information has been prepared for members of the:

  • fishing industry

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.

Published 23 May 2005